||For the six million Mormons in the United States, THE BOOK OF MORMON is literally the word of God, a companion volume to the Bible that contains the "everlasting gospel." With the Mormon faith now the fastest-growing religion in the country, Doubleday is proud to add this edition of THE BOOK OF MORMON to its outstanding library of authorized religious texts. Published by arrangement with The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, this is also the first official trade edition of this book of scripture, which has sold over 100 million copies since it was first published and over 5 million copies in the year 2002 alone.According to Mormon belief, THE BOOK OF MORMON was inscribed on golden plates by generations of prophets, quoted and abridged by the prophet-historian Mormon, and buried in the ground by Mormon’s son, Moroni. Fourteen centuries later, in 1823, the angel Moroni led Joseph Smith to the plates hidden in a hillside in upstate New York. Smith translated the ancient language into English through divine interpretative revelation.THE BOOK OF MORMON narrates the historical, religious, political, and military events that shaped and continue to inform the church’s teachings. THE BOOK OF MORMON is read daily by devout Mormons and used extensively as a tool for evangelizing converts. The publication of this trade edition offers believers and seekers the opportunity to explore one of the largest denominations in America today.