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Watch: How Would You Defend the Book of Mormon in a Court of Law?

A Case for the Book of Mormon by Brother Tad R. Callister hit shelves almost a year ago. In the book, Brother Callister addresses and refutes counter-arguments and presents both physical and spiritual evidence to support that the Book of Mormon is true.

 Brother Callister could almost be seen as an attorney for his client, the Book of Mormon, which is exactly what a video by The Church of Jesus Christ entitled “Compelling Witness” portrays.

The video first ran in October of 2018, but still does a good job of presenting the case that the Book of Mormon is not a work of fiction. The video begins with one classmate challenging another to “prove” their belief that the Book of Mormon is true.

The two classmates then "go to court" to prove each of their respective cases. The Latter-day Saint classmate figures out that the historical witness, Professor Charles Anthon1, is not a knowledgable witness in regards to Joseph Smith and then calls Emma Smith to the stand. 

From her questioning of Emma Smith, the classmate proves that the Book of Mormon is true, through physical and spiritual evidence. She references that it would be impossible for a man such as Joseph Smith, with no formal training, to complete this feat. 

The classmate affirms that the real proof is the testimony one has after they read it. “The answer comes, to the heart and mind of each individual who truly wants to know, with the testimony of the Holy Ghost as the most compelling witness of all. It’s not fiction. It’s a miracle,” the video description states.   

The judge for this classmate’s case turns out to be none other than Brother Tad R. Callister himself. Watch the entire video below. 


Image title A Case for the Book of MormonBefore The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints was officially organized, its keystone was in place. That keystone, the Book of Mormon, has been shared, studied, respected, and embraced by millions of people the world over. It has also been scrutinized, analyzed, dismissed, even ridiculed by critics for nearly 200 years. In this volume, best-selling author Tad Callister offers a comprehensive overview of many of the critics' claims and provides carefully reasoned explanations that shed new light on the discussion. He presents compelling evidence, both physical and spiritual, for the authenticity of the Book of Mormon and invites readers on a spiritual journey that promises a witness stronger than any intellectual argument could create.

Available at Deseret Book stores and at deseretbook.com.


1. (In 1828, Martin Harris visited New York to show a transcript of the Book of Mormon characters to scholars. Professor Anthon affirmed that Joseph Smith’s was translation correct of the characters, and even wrote a note certifying that the characters were true. When Martin Harris told  Professor Anthon that the plates came from an Angel, Professor Anthon tore up the certificate and denied the possibility that an Angel appeared.)

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Greyson Gurley

A Georgia native, Greyson Gurley is the current editorial intern for LDS Living. She is a graduate of Southern Virginia University, where she studied English and was a member of the badminton club. Her life goals include actually learning French, saving the environment, and finding the perfect chocolate croissant.

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