Embracing the power of the Book of Mormon

By Dan Peterson

For the Deseret News

Published: Thursday, Jan. 5 2012 5:00 a.m. MST

Most importantly, though, the Book of Mormon is, as it describes itself, a witness to the existence of a personal God who intervenes in human history for the salvation of his children, and to the deity and redemptive power of Jesus Christ. There is no message more significant than that.

(For the most recent demolitions of the Spalding theory, see the articles in "Mormon Studies Review" 23/1 by G. Bruce Schaalje, Paul Fields and Matthew Roper, available in print and online at maxwellinstitute.byu.edu.)

Daniel C. Peterson is a professor of Islamic studies and Arabic at BYU, where he also serves as editor in chief of the Middle Eastern Texts Initiative and as director of advancement for the Neal A. Maxwell Institute for Religious Scholarship. He is the founder of mormonscholarstestify.org.

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