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The Most-Used Word in the Book of Mormon: 4 Powerful Insights It Taught Me


Each Author Is Distinct

From the words and phrases they use to sentence length and language complexity, each author of the Book of Mormon has a distinct voice. As Elder Tad R. Callister notes, this creates compelling proof of the Book of Mormon's divinity.

So how did Joseph perform this remarkable feat of dictating a 500-plus–page book without any notes? To do so, he must not only have been a creative genius but also have had a photographic memory of prodigious proportions. . . .
But there is more. These arguments account only for the book’s historical content. The real issues still remain: how did Joseph produce a book that radiates with the Spirit, and where did he get such profound doctrine, much of which clarifies or contradicts the Christian beliefs of his time? . . .God’s fingerprints are all over the Book of Mormon, as evidenced by its majestic doctrinal truths, particularly its masterful sermons on the Atonement of Jesus Christ. . . .
But even if we suppose that Joseph were a creative and theological genius with a photographic memory—these talents alone do not make him a skilled writer. To explain the Book of Mormon’s existence, the critics must also make the claim that Joseph was a naturally gifted writer at age 23. Otherwise, how did he interweave scores of names, places, and events into a harmonious whole without inconsistencies? How did he pen detailed war strategies, compose eloquent sermons, and coin phrases that are highlighted, memorized, quoted, and placed on refrigerator doors by millions of people . . . These are messages with a heartbeat—messages that live and breathe and inspire. To suggest that Joseph Smith at age 23 possessed the skills necessary to write this monumental work in a single draft in approximately 65 working days is simply counter to the realities of life.

But more than demonstrating the historical legitimacy of the Book of Mormon, the varying messages of the prophets represented in its pages teaches us that these inspired men each had a special message to share. While they all testify of our Savior and eternal truths, their differing life experiences connect to us in poignant and individualized ways. What member who has sinned has not found solace in the story of Alma the Younger, who was pulled back from the pains of hell to become a prophet who rejoiced and experienced fully the forgiveness and love of God? What member who has an impossible feat before them does not draw inspiration from Nephi's charge to trust in the Lord and move forward with faith? What member who has lost a child does not feel comfort in Mormon's words about the purity and celestial nature of children and their ability to return home to their Heavenly Father? 

Through each of their experiences, the words of these prophets can resonate in our own lives at different times with new clarity and meaning.

Okay, so I know it's a little old-school, but there's nothing better than a little word cloud art to visually show you the language difference between each author. Here are just a few books from the Book of Mormon illustrated with the most-used words more visible.

1 Nephi

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2 Nephi

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Enos

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Mosiah

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3 Nephi

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Ether

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