A better first question would be where is any evidence of the Nephite or
Lamanite societies?A good last question though. I think it is
fiction, and rather poorly written fiction at that.
@ Utter Nonsense,A1. An ancient language.A2. Absolutely nothing.
The BOM was translated exclusively thru the Urim & Thummim per JS & OC
testimonies.A3. Only 10% of all ancient American archaeological ruins have
been uncovered. Wait and see.A4. With a furnace and bellows. The prophet
Nephi was also an expert metallurgist.A5. They will be. Wait and see.A6. Because it is the word of God and the power of God (the stick of Joseph
per Ezek.37:15-20). Eleven more sacred records are to come forth in the future
thru the Choice Seer, the American Indian Moses. What are you going to do
then?Exploring the BOM one answer at a time:Note: Joseph
Smith was NOT the Choice Seer. The Choice Seer is a future full-blooded
American Indian Moses who will lead a revived Indian people to become owners
& governors once again of ALL of North, Central, and South America.
Re: Michigander, Because it is the word of God and the power of God (the stick
of Joseph per Ezek.37:15-20).Son of man, take a *stick of Wood and write
on it,Belonging to Judah and the Israelites associated with him. Then take
another *stick of Wood,and write on it,Belonging to Joseph (that is, to Ephraim)
and all the Israelites associated with him. Join them together into one stick so
that they will become one in your hand. (Ezekiel 37: 16,17 NIV). The Hebrew word
for *scroll= saipher.Israel and Judah for years had warred against
each other God was now telling His prophet Ezekiel that he had plans to make
them one nation once more. Ezekiel 37:22,I will make them one nation
in the land, on the mountains of Israel. There will be one king over all of them
and they will never again be two nations or be divided into two kingdoms.
Nothing to do with the BoM.
2 Nephi, chapter 29: Wherefore, because that ye have a Bible ye
need not suppose that it contains all my words; neither need ye suppose that I
have not caused more to be written. For I command all men, both
in the east and in the west, and in the north, and in the south, and in the
islands of the sea, that they shall write the words which I speak unto them; for
out of the books which shall be written I will judge the world, every man
according to their works, according to that which is written.
For behold, I shall speak unto the Jews and they shall write it; and I shall
also speak unto the Nephites and they shall write it; and I shall also speak
unto the other tribes of the house of Israel, which I have led away, and they
shall write it; and I shall also speak unto all nations of the earth and they
shall write it.
 And it shall come to pass that the Jews shall have the words of the
Nephites, and the Nephites shall have the words of the Jews; and the Nephites
and the Jews shall have the words of the lost tribes of Israel; and the lost
tribes of Israel shall have the words of the Nephites and the Jews. And it shall come to pass that my people, which are of the house of
Israel, shall be gathered home unto the lands of their possessions; and my word
also shall be gathered in one. And I will show unto them that fight against my
word and against my people, who are of the house of Israel, that I am God, and
that I covenanted with Abraham that I would remember his seed forever.
I think there is a ton of evidence authenticating the Book of Mormon,
insufficient perhaps to convince skeptics, and probably not absolutely
conclusive. I prefer a spiritual witness, the only one that will stick imo.Doctrine and Covenants 5:6 talks of the insufficiency of physical proof
to convince those doubtful of the authenticity of the Book of Mormon.I think there are enough indications to prompt honest investigators of the
Book to look further but faith will still be necessary to confirm it. The Book
of Mormon, or the part presented to us, is to "test the faith" of this
generation. I was very impressed with many artifacts and the
opinions of William Penn and George Caitlin with regard to the origin of the
native American. Personally it first seemed strange that native Americans be of
Israelite origin (since the latter were usually of a different complexion and
had dissimilar dress or paint their faces. However Penn said they looked like
"Israelites" similar to those he had seen in London, Amsterdam etc.
Caitlin, an artist who made portraits of many Indian chiefs, saw Hebrew origin
of American aborigines in many of their traditions.