Joseph said that the Book of Mormon was translated by the gift and power of God.

Jan 4, 1833
Joseph Smith, Jr.
Scribed Verbatim

Joseph Smith, Letter to Noah C. Saxton, January 4, 1833, Letterbook 1, 17, The Joseph Smith Papers website, accessed July 8, 2021

Frederick G. Williams
Noah C. Saxton, Joseph Smith, Jr., Frederick G. Williams
Noah C. Saxton, General Public

The Book of Mormon is a record of the forefathers of our western Tribes of Indians, having been found through the ministration of an holy Angel translated into our own Language by the gift and power of God, after having been hid up in the earth for the last fourteen hundred years containing the word of God, which was delivered unto them, By it we learn that our western tribes of Indians are desendants from that Joseph that was sold into Egypt, and that the land of America is a promised land unto them, and unto it all the tribes of Israel will come. with as many of the gentiles as shall comply with the requesitions of the new co[v]enant. But the tribe of Judah will return to old Jerusalem.

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