Joseph Smith Claimed to be the Author in the 1830 Book of Mormon
In 1830 Joseph Smith presented the world with a novel called The Book of Mormon (BkM) that today bears the label of â€˜Another Testament of Jesus Christ’. In the first printing he was listed as the author on the title page (see www.inephi.com/1.htm )1, but in later printings Smith changed his claim on the title page from author to translator. In those later printings Smith claimed to have actually translated golden plates upon which twenty-two recorded authors through fifteen separate books followed the lineage and chronicles of a man named Nephi, his father Lehi, and their descendents. The BkM is the alleged production from those golden plates. Was Smith the author, or was he the translator of golden plates?
This book will examine evidence from the Holy Bible and from within the BkM that will show the true author of the BkM must have been Joseph Smith himself.2 It will be discovered that not one of the alleged twenty-two authors within the book ever existed. If they did not exist they could not have penned the words found in the BkM. They who have never existed cannot tell the truth! Who then was Nephi’s author by proxy? Was it Joseph Smith?
The issue of who authored the BkM would be of little importance except for the plagiarized teachings within its pages that have been credited to Jesus Christ. Apparently Joseph Smith copied sections of the Holy Bible and inserted hundreds of verses into his story in whatever manner he chose to apply them. Readers of the BkM who do not realize this and have only limited knowledge of the Bible often accept the messages of the BkM as teachings from Jesus. The truth of the matter is that somebody other than the recorded authors within the pages of the Book of Mormon authored it. The real author plagiarized, altered, and inserted Bible verses into the story to suit his fancy while misinterpreting and misrepresenting many of those verses. The reader does not even get the privilege of reading the words of Jesus in the context that Jesus spoke them before the true author of the BkM interpreted and applied them according to their own understanding. They are not the true teachings of Jesus but apparently the adaptation of the teachings of Jesus by Joseph Smith concerning what he thought Jesus meant set into a fiction novel.
If Smith was the author of all fifteen books within the BkM as this book will seek to prove, then one must reject the altered teachings credited to Jesus within its pages and turn instead to the true record of Jesus’ teachings found in the Holy Bible. A wise person will build their spiritual house upon the true sayings of Jesus as he taught men to do:
“Therefore whosoever heareth
these sayings of mine, and doeth them, I will liken him unto a
Jesus made it clear that the human race will be judged by his spoken words:
“He that rejecteth me, and receiveth not my words, hath one that judgeth him:
the word that
This world will not be judged by Joseph Smith’s plagiarized altered version of Jesus’ words found in the BkM. People who have trusted their eternity to the words penned by Smith have been deceived. For this reason, the truth about who authored the BkM becomes critically important.
“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.
For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.”6
#1 An actual photograph of the original 1830 title page showing Smith's claim to authorship of The Book of Mormon (BkM) can be found in THE RESTORED CHURCH, Twelfth Edition, C 1961, William Edwin Berrett, (pub. Deseret Book Company, Deseret News Press, no city listed, 1965, p. 40, and also at www.inephi.com/1.htm on the world wide web.
#2 History records that it may be possible that the story recorded in the BkM was actually written by a Mr. Solomon Spalding and later plagiarized and adapted by Joseph Smith into the original BkM. More information on that subject is available at or purchasable at http://www.utlm.org/booklist/titles/mormonismunvailed_ub017.htm . This author will not delve into that consideration since Joseph Smith claimed to be the author in the original 1830 printing of the BkM. It is enough to prove that the alleged authors within the BkM never truly existed and therefore the whole book is fiction.
#3 Jesus' words found in Matthew 7:24, Authorized King James version Bible (KJV). All Bible scripture quotations are taken from the Authorized KJV Bible text except where noted. God alone owns the copyright!
#4 (NOTE: Due to the nature of this book, extensive sections of the Bible and the BkM scripture will be quoted. This author has highlighted, underlined, and italicized many sections of verses throughout this entire book in order to bring emphasis to certain pertinent phrases that deal with each subject under consideration. Readers should understand that such highlighting, underlining, and italics may not be found within the original text of either the Bible or the BkM. 'Emphasis by this author' will not be seen following every verse reference that has such emphasis. 'Emphasis in the original' will be found when applicable.)
#5 Jesus' words found in John 12:48, KJV Bible
#6 Jesus' words found in John 3:16-17, KJV Bible