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The Faith to See: Burning in the Bosom and Translating the Book of Mormon in Doctrine and Covenants 9
|Title||The Faith to See: Burning in the Bosom and Translating the Book of Mormon in Doctrine and Covenants 9|
|Publication Type||Journal Article|
|Year of Publication||2016|
|Journal||Interpreter: A Journal of Mormon Scripture|
|Keywords||Book of Mormon Translation; Burning in the Bosom; Cowdery, Oliver; Early Church History; Faith; Power of the Holy Ghost; Revelation|
Doctrine and Covenants 9:7–9 is conventionally interpreted as the Lord’s description of the method by which the Book of Mormon was translated. A close reading of the entire revelation, however, suggests that the Lord was not telling Oliver Cowdery how to translate but rather how to know whether it was right for him to translate and how to obtain the faith necessary to do so. Faith would have enabled Oliver Cowdery to overcome his fear and translate, just as it would have enabled Peter (in Matthew 14) to overcome his fear and walk on water.
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