Watch: Why the Book of Mormon Wasn't Translated in the Order You Might Think (+ How That's Evidence of Its Authenticity)

Since we all begin reading the Book of Mormon with 1 Nephi 1:1, it's only natural to think that is one of the first passages Joseph Smith translated. But, surprisingly, research suggests 1 Nephi and the rest of the Small Plates of Nephi (1 Nephi through Words of Mormon) were the last scriptures to be translated. But why should the order of this sacred record's translation make a difference?

While this fact does not influence our faith or testimonies regarding the divinity of the Book of Mormon, it does provide evidence and interesting insights into the record's authenticity. Learn more with this fascinating video from Book of Mormon Central:



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