The late war between the United States and Great Britain, from June, 1812, to February, 1815

The late war between the United States and Great Britain, from June, 1812, to February, 1815 will sound familiar to anyone who has read the Book of Mormon. It was published several times between 1816 and 1819. Just how close do the two books compare?

Stan Carmack wrote several articles dealing with syntax for the Mormon Interpreter. The syntax in the Book of Mormon agrees with Early Modern English but not the KJV itself nor with American English in the early 1800s nor with the pseudo-English versions of the early 1800s. He lays it out all there.

Stan Carmack’s 2015 paper The Implications of Past-Tense Syntax in the Book of Mormon concluded the Book of Mormon was written in EModE (Early Modern English). Online it says it covers the years 1485–1603. His paper The Case of the {-th} Plural in the Earliest Text also concluded 16th- and 17th-century syntactic patterns.

From Robert John Stevens, April 20, 2016: I watched the entire Royal Skousen talk, “Royal Skousen – β€œA theory! A theory! We have already got a theory, and there cannot be any more…” He concludes the Book of Mormon was a managed book—meaning evidence suggests the translation may have started in the 1500s but when transmitted to Joseph Smith it doesn’t contain words not known in 1830. In another words, it appears to be massaged over 300 years. And many if not most of the thousands of word changes since it was dictated stripped it of its original intent. Skousen also pointed out words and phrases that he just can’t find in any age of English. Where there many mistakes in its dictation? If so, why was it allowed to be dictated? πŸ™‚

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Fourteen Fundamentals in Following the Prophet

I am pretty sure I was in the audience when this speech was given on Tuesday, February 26, 1980 at Brigham Young University. The points Ezra Taft Benson made would probably sound blasphemous to the Christian world today but explain several of the doctrines of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and priorities and behaviors of its members.

–Robert John Stevens, August 3, 2015

Defending the Faith: ‘If any man shall add unto these things …’

Suppose your children refused to listen to anything you say and only accept your counsel written ten years ago or more. The sectarian notion that limits the acceptance of revelation to ancient religious texts is absurd and must be very upsetting to our Creator.