I want to say to you, read the book, the Pearl of Great Price, and read the Book of Abraham. The Pearl of Great Price I hold to be one of the most intelligent, one of the most religious books that the world has ever had; but more than that, to me the Pearl of Great Price is true in its name. It contains an ideal of life that is higher and grander and more glorious than I think is found in the pages of any other book unless it be the Holy Bible. It behooves us to read these things, understand them: and I thank God when they are attacked, because it brings to me, after a study and thought, back to the fact that what God has given He has given, and He has nothing to retract." - Levi Edgar Young, Conference Report (April 1913), 74

"...it must be evident to all who seriously consider the matter, that if the Book of Abraham as given to us by Joseph Smith be true, it must have been translated by a greater than human power." - George Reynolds, The Book of Abraham: Its Authenticity Established as a Divine and Ancient Record (Salt Lake City: Deseret News, 1879), 4

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Reponse to Daniel Kidder - Times and Seasons

Subsequent to the publication of Mormonism and The Mormons, a response, written by the paper's editor, was published in the Times and Seasons in September 1842.1 It is apparent that the writer of this response did not deem Kidder's satire of the Book of Abraham worthy of specific comment. Kidder's book is compared to other's attacks against Joseph Smith and the Church, and is recognized as just another instance wherein the Saints will be blessed for having been falsely spoken of for Christ's sake. Kidder's book marks the first published criticism of the Book of Abraham, and Facsimile 1 associated therewith.  The response to his book is included below, which is an extraction from the Times and Seasons:


1 "Reply," Times and Seasons 3/21 (September 1, 1842):905-906

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