40 days and 40 nights huh? Better start building an arc.
If you build it, it will rain:)
The writings on the Gold plates was a record kept by an ancient people. They were told to keep a record of their existance on the American Continent so we would know that they had lived here for many years. They started as a small family and friends and grew into a very large group of people. It tells of their struggles, wars, history, prophets and was kept for our generation. I was about two groups of peopld, the Lamanites and the Nephites. Each group fought with the other group, until the darker skin people killed off all of the darker skinned people. I shows how when the people lied righteously the prospered and did better than when they were fighting al of the time.
The last persont to write on the Plates of Gold was a great captain called Maroni. He hid the record he and many before him had been keeping, on the plates in a large box made of stone in upstate NY. After the Dark ages a young boy of 14 inquired of God through prayer which of all the churchs aroud that area was true.
After a few minutes God the father and His son Jesus Christ appeared to him and told him that all of the religions had parts of the truth, but not all of it. They told him that they would teach him and that in time they would give him the plates of Gold to translate into another book.
Anyway, he was visited by the Angel Moroni.....the one who had buried the plates, that when he was older he would give them to him to translate. He told him that he would meet with often and after about four years, he gave him the plaes. He then through inspiration translated them into the Book of mormaon.
As for the question about our Prophet. When a mob of men
shot and killed Joseph, then the leaders under him prayed and talked about who would take Josep's place. They all voted and all came up with the same man. The new prophet became Brigham Young. After that, they have followe the same routine. The curent 12 vote and it always comes up the same person. Then that man is presented to all of the members of the Church and we can either raise our hand in agreement or raise our hand to disagree. We do that with every person in every position in the Church.
There is no paid position in the Church. It is all done for free.
Well I hope I answered your questions. By the way, what religion are you? Or would you rather not say?
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