Emanual Swedenborg's book contains these points of Mormon Doctrine, except it was written in 1758 which was 72 years before the Book of Mormon was published.
1. There are three heavens, and three levels in the third heaven.
2. Robes of the priesthood
3. Celestial marriage is necessary by the priesthood
4. One must be married celestially to inheret the highest kingdom of heaven
5. Spirit world is a prepartion for Heaven or perdition
6. Angels take messages between levels of heaven
7. Celestial, Spiritual (Terrestrial), and Natural (Telestial) kingdoms compared to Sun, Moon, and Stars
8. The church Christ established was taken from the Earth in a great Apostacy
9. Christ church will be restored on the Earth again
10. Children who die go straight to Heaven
11. Man is not saved by faith alone, but most show works from a changed heart
12. Those who know thruth and deny it are sons of perdition
13. Celestial beings live the law of consecration
Alexander Campbell (1788-1866) taught some of Swedenborg's ideas, and added these theologic concepts:
1. Alexander Campbell started the restoration movement, attempting to recreate Christ's church based on the New Testament
2. Taught about the gathering of Israel
3. Taught that Christ would return and reign for 1000 years
4. Practiced partaking of sacrament including sacrament prayer
5. Elders were set apart by the laying on of hands
6. Spoke as if authorized by God
7. Taught by the Holy Spirit
8. Belived the new church sould have Christ's name
9. Rejected infant baptism
10. Taught baptism by immersion for the remission of sin
11. Taught that missionaries of the church should support themselves
12. Sidney Rigdon preached about a book of scripture coming forth in a few years that would unit all Christian sects
13. After the Book of Mormon was published, Signey Rigdon left the Campbellites and became a Mormonite
14. After it's release, Joseph Campbell wrote a scathing critique about the Book of Mormon
Professor John Smith (1777-1809) was the first professor at Dartmouth College, and also the local minister. He had two students who created books that inspired the storyline of the Book of Mormon.
Professor John Smith's ideas:
1. There was a pre-existense before Earth life
2. The nature of God
3. The Holy Ghost whitnesses truth
4. Our souls are immortal
5. Melchizedek Priesthood is Gods eternal authority
6. Atonement is necessary because man has fallen
7. The prosperity gospel (cycle of prosperity)
8. Ancient Americans arrived from Africa
9. Started School of the Prophets among the Indians
10. There are millions of peopled worlds
11. Comets and Sun have atmospheres and may even have people living on them
12. Heavenly bodies described similar to Peral of Great Price
Concepts from Ethan Smith's book View of the Hebrews:
1. Ancient Americans arrived from Middle East around 600 B.C.
2. Destruction of Jerusalem
3. Breastplate and Urum and Thummem mentioned
4. Isaiah is quoted for 24 chapters
5. Christ appears in the Western hemisphere
6. Indians had prophets among them
Concepts from Solomon Spalding's manuscript:
1. Ancient records found buried in a stone box, needing translation
2. Record of mound-building ancient Native Americans
3. Ancient people came from across the sea
4. Ancient people refiend iron, kept records, were governed by Kings
Chris and Duane Johnson have created a thorough page showing the similarities within both books. Please click here to see them. This is a very important link.
Here is a list of similarities listing elements from the Late War found in the Book of Mormon. There are more:
1. Forth of July
2. 2000 Stripling Warriors
3. A land most plentiful, containing gold & silver & elephants
4. Moundbuilding for defense
5. Proclamation, a Standard of Liberty
6. Earthquakes, cities overturned, black smoke/vapor of darkness, no light seen
7. Brass ball with curious works like a clock/spindles: (ie: Liahona)
8. Lots of battles at forts, & along borders of the land & rivers
9. Bands of robbers
10. Pitching tents along borders
11. Burned Martyrs
12. Mourning the Dead
13. Righteous vs. Savage Indians
14. Travel across water via Barges
15. Ships sailing off to faraway lands
16. Rallying for the Cause of Liberty
17. Christopher Columbus
18. Engravings on Silver and Brass Plates
19. False Prophets
20. Freemen vs. Kingmen
1. Young protagonist seeking to be God's minister
2. Meditation on shortcomings when he has a vision
3. Encounters a great brightness like the sun before seeing a heavenly messanger
4. Receives a shock and evil encounter before seeing the messenger
5. Doesn't fully comprehend the vision at first, but does later
6. Has three visions in same evening and a morning vision
7. Called "crazy" among fellow religious associates
8. Called by angel to translate documents
9. Promised a seeing device
10. Told to wait one year to prove devotion
• Moses writes Egyptian, is wealthy, and must leave it all behind and flee for his life. Ex. 2:5-10, 15
• Moses kills an Egyptian man, and later becomes a prophet. Ex 2:11-12
• Receives divine warning to escape into the wilderness. Ex 3:2,8
• God promises to lead them to promised land. Ex 3:8-10
• They camp by the Red Sea. Ex 13:18
• Given divine direction via pillar of a cloud. Ex 13:21-22.
• At the Red Sea people lose faith and murmur. Ex 14:11-12
• While at Red Sea God arranges to have Pharaoh's horseman slain so that God's people will not perish Ex 14:27-30
• After traveling for a few days along the Red Sea, they call their camp Shur. Ex 15:22
• They move several times, finally locating an area with many "wells of water" and "palm trees." Ex 15:22-25, 27;16:1
• The Israelites murmur about their hardships & hunger. Ex 16:2-3
• Directions from the cloud provide needed food. Ex 16:9-15
• People murmur against the leaders for bringing them into the wilderness and want to return home. Ex 17:1-3,7
• Miriam (sister to Moses) dies, complaints increase. Ex 17:1-7; Num 20:1-13
• Dathan and Abiram accuse Moses of wanting to be "a prince over us." Num 16:33
• Leaders lives are in danger because of strife. Ex 17:4
• God speaks to his people and starvation is avoided. Ex 17:5-7
• People fail to remain repentant, despite many miraculous interventions. Ex 2-33; 16:9-35; 17:1-7
• Because of their transgressions, the people continue to wander in the wilderness for many years. Num 32:13; Ex 16:35
• Moses ascends "the mount" to receive the "laws" and comes down and oversees building of the tabernacle. Ex 19:1-5, 20, 19-40
• While on the mountain, Moses's people rebel by dancing and singing, and begin to forget the Lord. Ex 32:6-7, 17-19
• God is displeased and threatens the people with destruction. However, the people repent and eventually reach their destination. Josh 1
• Nephi writes Egyptian, family is wealthy, must leave it all behind and flee for his life. 1 Nephi 1:2; 2:1,4; 3:24-25
• Nephi kills Laban before becoming a prophet. 1 Nephi 4:10-11,18
• Receives divine warning to escape into the wilderness. 1 Nephi 4-6, 13
• God promises to lead them to promised land. 1 Nephi 2:19-20
• They camp by the Red Sea 1 Nephi 2:2-6
• Given divine direction via Liahona. 1 Nephi 16:10,16; Alma 37:33
• At the Red Sea, people lose faith and murmur. 1 Nephi 2:11-12
• While at Red Sea God arranges to have Laban slain so that God's people will not perish. 1 Nephi 4:2-3, 11-12, 18
• After traveling for a few days along the Red Sea, they call their camp Shazar. 1 Nephi 16:6, 11-13.
• They move several times, finally locating an area with "fertile parts." 1 Nephi 16:14-17.
• The party murmurs about hunger when Nephi breaks his bow. 1 Nephi 16:18-20.
• Directions from the Liahona provide needed food. 1 Nephi 16:25-31
• People murmur against the leaders for bringing them into the wilderness and want to return home. 1 Nephi 16:33-36
Ishmael dies, complaints increase. 1 Nephi 16:33-36
• Laman and Lemuel accuse Nephi of wanting to be "a king and a ruler over us." 1 Nephi 16:38
• Leaders lives are in danger because of strife. 1 Nephi 16:37.
• God speaks to his people and starvation is avoided. 1 Nephi 16:35,39
• People fail to remain repentant, despite many miraculous interventions. 1 Nephi 1-18.
• Because of their transgressions, the people continue to wander in the wilderness for many years. Alma 37:41-42; 1 Nephi 17:4
• Nephi ascends "the mount" to learn "great things" and comes down and oversees the building of a ship to go to the promised land. 1 Nephi 17:5-8; 18:1-3
• While on the ship, Nephi's people rebel by dancing and singing, and begin to forget the Lord. 1 Nephi 18:9
• God is displeased and threatens the people with destruction. However, the people repent and eventually reach their destination. 1 Nephi 18:10-23
Alma the Younger's conversion:
• Was wicked before the conversion. Mosiah 27:8
• Sought to destroy the church. Alma 36:6
• Was persecuting the church when shown a heavenly vision. Mosiah 27:10-11
• Had a companion who fell to the earth and was unable to understand a voice that was heard. Mosiah 27:12
• Was asked in a vision why they are persecuting the church. Mosiah 27:13
• Was struck dumb and blind, became helpless, and were assisted by their companions. Mosiah 27:12
• Went without food before converting. Mosiah 27:12
• Started preaching the gospel and performed miracles. Mosiah 27:32; Alma 15:11
• Supported them self while preaching with their own labor. Alma 30:32
• Were put in prison. After praying, an earthquake resulted in their hands being loosed. Alma 14:22, 26-28
• When preaching, used phrases like:
But God did call on men, ... saying: If ye will repent, and harden not your hearts, ... behold, I swear in my wrath that ye shall not enter into my rest. And now, my brethren, ... if ye will harden your hearts ye shall not enter into the rest of the Lord; therefore your iniquity provoketh him that he sendeth down his wrath upon you as in the first provocation.
John 1:11-12; 14:11; Rev 22:13
I am in the Father, and the Father in me ... He came unto his own, and his own received him not. But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of god, even to them that believe on his name ... I am the Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end, the first and the last.
He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be dammed.
Luke 7, John 11, Mark 10
[She] stood at his feet behind him weeping, and began to wash is feet with tears ... and kissed his feet ... When Jesus therefore saw her weeping, ... he groaned in the spirit, and was troubled. And ... Jesus wept ... And he took them [children] up in his arms, put his hands upon them, and blessed them.
1 Corinthians 13:4-7
Charity suffereth long, and is kind; charity envieth not; charity vaunteth not itself, is not puffed up, Doth not behave itself unseemly, seeketh not her own, is not easily provoked, thinketh no evil; Rejoiceth not in iniquity, but rejoiceth in the truth; Beareth all things, believeth all things, hopeth all things, endureth all things.
3 Neph 9:15-18:
I am the Father, and the Father in me ... I came unto my own, and my own received me not ... And as many as have received me, to them have I given to become the sons of God; and even so will I to as many as shall believe on my name ... I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end.
3 Nephi 11
And whoso believeth in me, and is baptized, the same shall be saved ... And who so believeth not in me ... shall be dammed.
3 Nephi 17
[They did] bow down at hes feet and did worship him; and as many as could come for the multitude did kiss his feet, insomuch that they did bathe his feed with their tears .. Jesus groaned within himself, and said ... I am troubled ... [H]e wept ... and he took their little children, one by one, and blessed them.
And charity suffereth long, and is kind, and envieth not, and is not puffed up, seeketh not her own, is not easily provoked, thinketh no evil, and rejoiceth not in iniquity but rejoiceth in the truth, beareth all things, believeth all things, hopeth all things, endureth all things.
1. Revival Gathering
2. Guilt-ridden Falling-down on the ground exercise
3. Petition for Spiritual Emancipation
4. Absolution and Emotional Ecstasy
In the Book of Mormon, this early 1800's Methodist pattern recurs over and over...
Mounds were built by three groups of ancient American Indians: The Adena, the Hopewells, and the Mississippians.
Their mounds were built throughout Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Wisconsin, Minnesota, and Michigan, and elsewhere. Some still exists today and are state historic sites.
Famous mound-building sites:
Book of Mormon Chiasmus:
• Helaman 6:7-13
• 2 Nephi 11:6-7
• Alma 36
Methodists are encouraged to preach the truth "plain" and "pointed."
As Methodist ministers traveled to various towns, one would preach while the other "exhorted." The primary preacher would introduce a biblical topic, while the second "exhorting" speaker would follow with encouraging supportive words and pleadings to the congregation to take the primary preacher seriously.
Book of Mormon authors often mention the "plain" and "precious" truths.
In Alma 33-34 describes Alma preaching while Amulek exhorts.