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TitleOriginal Words of the Book of Mormon
Publication TypeMagazine Article
Year of Publication1948
AuthorsLundstrom, Harold
MagazineImprovement Era
Issue Number2
Pagination84–86, 116
Date PublishedFebruary 1948
KeywordsAuthenticity; Book of Mormon Anachronisms; Book of Mormon Authorship; Linguistic Analysis; Onomastics

Defending the originality of the Book of Mormon, this article discusses how during the period of 1820-1830 coining words was less common than at any subsequent time in America. The fact that the Book of Mormon contains so many unfamiliar words is a testimony of its divinity. B. H. Roberts studied the names in the Book of Mormon and found that Jaredite names end with consonants and Nephite names in vowels. One hundred eighty-one new words came forth out of seventy-five working days of translation.