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Dear Gramps,

Thank you for making this one of the best websites ever. Recently, my friends and I were talking about the 116 pages of the Book of Mormon that Martin Harris lost. We had a few questions that we were unable to answer.

1) Did Joseph Smith (or any other general authority, for that matter) ever say exactly what the content of the 116 pages was?

2) Will we ever be able to have these 116 pages back? In the Millennium, maybe?


Gramps Biggest fan




Dear Biggest Fan,

Thank you for your kind words!  I apologize for taking so long to answer your question, but you know what they say about saving “the best [biggest fan] for last” . . .

I don’t know if we will be able to read the lost pages–ever, but I think if we did, we wouldn’t read much that is new.  You see, Heavenly Father knows the beginning from the end.  He knew that evil men would try to do just what they did.  So Heavenly Father had a plan.

“Centuries before the Prophet Joseph Smith was born, Nephi testified that God had commanded him to make two sets of plates (the large plates of Nephi and the small plates of Nephi), the purpose of which Nephi did not understand (see 1 Nephi 9:5–6). Mormon, who lived almost a thousand years after Nephi, included the small plates of Nephi with his abridgment, admitting that he did not understand why, save the Lord had commanded him to do it (see Words of Mormon 1:3–7).”

Section 10: God’s Wisdom “Is Greater Than the Cunning of the Devil”

My goal is to be an avid student of the scriptures we have now, in the hope that some day we can read what is in the sealed portion of the plates.

Thanks for reading and being my biggest fan.  You are appreciated!





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