"A saving testimony of the Book of Mormon will never come from a spectacular historical or archaeological find. If the Lord meant for our testimonies to be based on physical, historical evidence other than scripture, he would send Moroni with the golden plates." — Glenn L. Pace, "The Elusive Balance," Tambuli, Feb. 1988, p. 43
"A strange aura of mystery and excitement seems to hover about the crumbling monuments of those almost unknown people. As Latter-day Saints, we are particularly sensitive to it, perhaps because we are keenly aware of so much there that relates to peoples of the Book of Mormon: their religious practices, such as baptism; their belief in a bearded white god; their tremendous architectural achievements; their agricultural developments; their exquisite arts and crafts; their beautiful works in gold and other metals. Conjectures? Yes. The stuff theories are made of. But the physical remains of these pre-Columbian cultures will one day fit together to increase our understanding of the Book of Mormon peoples." — Paul Cheesman, "Monuments of Vanished Peoples," Ensign, Sept. 1972, p. 43
"This [power of the Holy Ghost] must ever be the chief source of evidence for the truth of the Book of Mormon. All other evidence is secondary to this, the primary and infallible. No arrangement of evidence, however skilfully ordered; no argument, however adroitly made, can ever take its place; for this witness of the Holy Spirit to the soul of man for the truth of the Nephite volume of scripture, is God’s evidence to the truth; and will ever be the chief reliance of those who accept the Book of Mormon, and expect to see its acceptance extended throughout the world." — John W. Welch, "B. H. Roberts: Seeker after Truth," Ensign, Mar. 1986, p. 56
"There is irrefutable evidence to show both the correctness of the translation and the Lord’s hand in it. The Three Witnesses, Oliver Cowdery, David Whitmer, and Martin Harris, bore record that the voice of God declared unto them that the book had been translated by his power. Their testimony still appears at the front of each copy of the Book of Mormon. Furthermore, in a June 1829 revelation given to the three men through the Prophet, the Lord confirmed that Joseph had translated all that he had been commanded to do and that it was a true translation. (See D&C 17:6.)" — Monte Nyman, "The Most Correct Book, Ensign, June 1984, p. 21
“Satan will always work on the Saints of God to undermine their faith in priesthood keys. One way he does it is to point out the humanity of those who hold them. He can in that way weaken our testimony and so cut us loose from the line of keys by which the Lord ties us to Him and can take us and our families home to Him and to our Heavenly Father.
“Satan succeeded in undermining the testimony of men who had, with Joseph Smith, seen the heavens opened and heard the voices of angels. The evidence of their physical eyes and ears was not enough when they no longer could feel the testimony that the priesthood keys were still in place with Joseph.” - Henry B. Eyring, “Faith and Keys,” Ensign (CR), November 2004, p. 26
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