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

Monday, August 15, 2011

BYU Academic Review - N.L. Nelson - 1885

Nels Lars (N.L.) Nelson was a professor of English at Brigham Young University. Graduating from the Brigham Young Academy in 1882, he was subsequently placed in charge of the intermediate department until serving for two years in the Southern States Mission from 1885 to 1887. Following his return, he taught full-time at the school until 1920. The following article on the Book of Abraham was published in the March 1885 issue of the school's periodical, The Academic Review.1


1 Davis Bitton, "N.L. Nelson and The Mormon Point of View," BYU Studies, 13/2 (Winter 1973), 157-158

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