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"Knowing Why: 137 Evidences That the Book of Mormon Is True" is edited by John W. Welch, Neal Rappleye, Stephen O. Smoot, David J. Larsen and Taylor Halverson.

"KNOWING WHY: 137 Evidences That the Book of Mormon is True," by John W. Welch, Neal Rappleye, Stephen O. Smooth, David J. Larsen and Taylor Halverson, Covenant Communications, $34.99, 380 pages (nf)

Starting in January 2016, a web series of short essays about the Book of Mormon was published by Book of Mormon Central. The first 137 of these essays make up the book “Knowing Why: 137 Evidences That the Book of Mormon is True.”

Beginning with history regarding how the Book of Mormon was used during the early days of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, this compilation then goes through the introduction and ends with the book of Alma as it talks about different customs, words and phrases found throughout the Book of Mormon.

Each essay is interesting and contains well-researched end notes and other suggested readings. With tables of information, photographs and illustrations, this book is a fantastic collection of knowledge to help those from the casual reader to the serious student of the Book of Mormon.

Although the essays are stimulating reads, not all contain actual proofs that the Book of Mormon is true. For instance, while the chapter titled, “How Does the Lord Make Burdens Light” has wonderful commentary, the scriptures and quotes do not prove the Book of Mormon’s authenticity, rather, they help give uplifting depth to understanding how God can help those under duress.

However, chapters like, “What Kind of Ore Did Nephi Use to Make His Plates” provide fascinating details regarding historical metallurgical finds that coincide with how Nephi described making his record. Essays such as this do indeed give facts that help prove the Book of Mormon is true.

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Whether the essays within “Knowing Why: 137 Evidences That the Book of Mormon is True” touch upon the spiritual, geographical or historical, each is a wonderful way to learn more about the depth of the Book of Mormon.

Editors come from various professional and scholastic backgrounds. All are passionate about the Book of Mormon and its teachings.


Elizabeth Reid thinks the Great Depression is fascinating, so she earned bachelor's degrees in both economics and history. A wife and mother, she blogs at agoodreid.blogspot.com.