The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints released a video on YouTube entitled, “Compelling Witness”, which attempts to bring to light some of the facts related to the translation of the Book of Mormon.
The setting is in a cafeteria and a courtroom, and the Church knocked it out of the park with this entertaining, educational, and poignant video.
There are a few cameo appearances in the video that are quite a treat.
A student is confronted when a Book of Mormon drops out of her backpack, and the next thing she knows she is in a courtroom, and she is the defense attorney called upon to defend the Book of Mormon and Joseph Smith.
Check out this awesome video below! (And feel free to leave a positive comment on the YouTube video because those that oppose Joseph Smith are barraging it with negative comments)
Reaction to the video has been very positive:
Another viewer said:
“We can get caught up in facts or discrepancies of history, but what is absolute truth is that the Book of Mormon testifies of Jesus Christ who’s real, and lives, and His Gospel is in this book. The Holy Ghost will testify of the truth but only if you’re willing to trust that He will. Have an open heart and mind.”
The description of the video gives some of the details of the translation making it easy to see that the work Joseph Smith did was truly a miracle.
With a single draft completed in 65 days, an unschooled man of 23 produced a book of over 500 pages, with hundreds of unique names and complex storylines.
It has a persuasive enough history on its own, but you can’t prove the truth of The Book of Mormon with facts alone. The case for The Book of Mormon won’t likely be won in a courtroom or a cafeteria.
You can find the proof through a real desire to know and a sincere, persistent effort of asking God and listening for a reply. Then 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.
After you check out the video, share it with someone who you think will benefit from watching it. I was very impressed, it was so well done.
As I watched, I was reminded of a quote by Jeffrey R. Holland in his General Conference Talk Safety for the Soul. As he spoke on the topic of the Book of Mormon, he said:
For 179 years this book has been examined and attacked, denied and deconstructed, targeted and torn apart like perhaps no other book in modern religious history—perhaps like no other book in any religious history. And still it stands.
Failed theories about its origins have been born and parroted and have died—from Ethan Smith to Solomon Spaulding to deranged paranoid to cunning genius. None of these frankly pathetic answers for this book has ever withstood examination because there is no other answer than the one Joseph gave as its young unlearned translator.
In this I stand with my own great-grandfather, who said simply enough, “No wicked man could write such a book as this; and no good man would write it, unless it were true and he were commanded of God to do so.”1
I add my witness that Joseph Smith was a prophet of God. He translated the Book of Mormon by the gift and power of God, not of man. He stood by his testimony of the Book of Mormon until the day he died, and I will stand by my testimony of the prophet Joseph Smith until I do the same.
In A Case for the Book of Mormon by Brother Tad R. Callister he addresses and refutes counter-arguments and presents both physical and spiritual evidence to support that the Book of Mormon is true. You can purchase A Case for the Book of Mormon through our Deseret Book affiliate link here.