An Analysis of the Alleged Brazilian Translation of The Sealed Book of Mormon
by Luiz Botelho
In recent years, a group of members and former members of the Utah based LDS Church led by Mauricio Berger have promoted an account of angelic visitations on the grounds that they received the original Book of Mormon plates, the Nephite interpreters, and the sword of Laban as well as divine instructions about what the Lord wants from his Church in these last days.
The group then received a visit in Brazil from a few different members of Mormon branches of the restoration, who are independent churches who generally share the historical foundations of the restoration events but are not associated with The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
In this article, we analyze a series of points regarding the events, their evidence and why we believe Mauricio Berger's account to be absolutely false. It is also important to mention that this is not the first time that curious reports of a "divine" nature have been promoted, the most famous being:
Cristopher Nemelka, who claimed to be the reincarnation of Hirum Smith.
Jim Harmston, who claimed to be the reincarnation of Joseph Smith.
Denver Snuffer, who said he received visits from Jesus Christ, then began a crusade against the Church.
Jake Hilton, who claimed to have received a visit from Jesus Christ and then began his own ministry.
Some of the following points were made by the authors of the InterpreteNefita.com website, and others by David Price. A link to a detailed analysis will be included at the end of this article.
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