Book of Mormon: Sources

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This page would ideally always be under construction. You are invited to contribute.

The purpose of this page is to explain the relationships between the various plates and other writings upon which Mormon and Moroni drew when editing the Book of Mormon.


This section is for detailed discussion such as the meaning of a symbol, how a doctrinal point is developed throughout a passage, or insights that can be further developed in the future. Contributions may range from polished paragraphs down to a single bullet point. The focus, however, should always be on understanding the scriptural text consistent with LDS doctrine. Click the "edit" link to edit or add content to this section. →


This section is for listing links and print resources, including those that are also cited elsewhere on this page. A short comment about the particular strengths of a resource can be helpful. Click the "edit" link to edit or add content to this section. →

  • Sorenson, John L. "Mormon's Sources." In Journal of the Book of Mormon and Other Restoration Scripture, 20/2 (2011): p. 2-15. Provo, Utah: BYU University: Neil A. Maxwell Institute for Religious Scholarship. This article explores the process by which Mormon compiled his record.


Footnotes are not required but are encouraged for factual assertions that average readers cannot easily evaluate for themselves (such as the date of King Solomon’s death or the nuanced definition of a Greek word). In contrast, insights rarely benefit from footnoting, and the focus of this page should always remain on the scriptures themselves rather than what someone has said about them. Links are actively encouraged on all sections of this page, and links to authoritative sources (such as Strong's Bible Concordance or the Joseph Smith Papers) are preferable to footnotes.

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