[quote=BJ Colbert]What a great imagination!!! What 14 year old boy today could come up with such a book? The Book of Mormon is written by the prophets who lived on the American continent from 600 BC. The last prophet to write in the book was Moroni, who appeared to the boy, Joseph Smith, as an angel, at various times over a 4 year period to prepare him, before showing him the place where he(Moroni)had hidden the golden plates. In the stone box buried in the ground with the golden plates was a urim and thumim(the same as talked about in the bible used to translate languages) With that and the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, Joseph was able to translate, and as he translated, a person he had shown the plates to, who was a teacher, wrote down what he translated.
Because of the great persecution they were subjected to some of the persons who saw the plates later left the church, but to their dying day they never said they had not seen the plates and examined them. Joseph Smith was martyred along with his brother Hyrum, by an angry mob while they were held helpless in the Carthage jail. Joseph though subjected to tarring and feathering and many other horrible punishments of the time by people who did not allow freedom of religion, said he knew what he had seen and he knew God knew, and the punishment of men was nothing compared to the punishment of God if he denied it.
This is a great work for such a young boy indeed. True or not - it is a great work. I tend to believe the Book of Mormon to be accurate, though I doubt the Doctrines and Covenants to be true. The BofM is very convincing.