After attending The Book of Mormon the musical (one of the funniest things I have EVER seen, by the way), I realized that I know absolutely nothing about the religion that revolves around it. While I have written about the Amish, aspects of Judaism, things that are banned in the Christian Bible, the Islamic holiday Ramadan, and what the difference between Atheism and Agnosticism is, I have not yet tackled Mormonism. Well, this post is about to remedy that! Here are 6 things to know about the book that started it all:
1. The Book of Mormon is the text that is used in the Church of Latter Day Saints.
2. Adherents believe that it contains the teachings of ancient prophets who lived on the American continent from around 2200 BC to 421 AD.
3. It was first published in 1830 by Joseph Smith who claimed that it was originally written in a form of Egyptian on golden plates. He was shown the location of the plates by an angel named Moroni who instructed him to translate the plates into English.
4. The pivotal event in the book is an appearance of Jesus Christ in America shortly after his resurrection.
5. It is written in a similar style to the King James Version of the Bible and has a lot of similar stories.
6. The men dressed in white shirts and ties who knock on your door, with the Book of Mormon in hand, are called "elders". An "elder" is the lowest title in the priesthood, and according to the Latter Day Saint scripture, their duty is to "teach, expound, exhort, baptize, and watch over the church." Many of these men become full-time missionaries.