A new addition to the Bryce Haymond Translation (BHT). I had already translated it once before, but I added a new translation that suggests other interpretations. There is no one "right" translation. The scriptures are endlessly translatable, because the mystical is essentially ineffable, transcending all words, and so there are perhaps infinite layers of meaning [...]
An addition to the BHT, when Jesus and Simon/Peter converse about the identity of Jesus and of inner revelation. 15 Jesus then said to his followers, "But who do you say that I AM?" 16 Simon replied saying, "You are Christed, the anointed One, an incarnation of the living and breathing God." 17 Then Jesus [...]
Joseph Smith's activity in bringing forth the Book of Mormon can be viewed as a project of alchemy, which was influenced by his affiliation with treasure digging, the folk magic worldview, the Hermetic tradition,1 as well as his many mystical spiritual experiences. I suggest he initially sought to bring the “gold plates” of his visions into material reality, and in the process discovered the true “gold” was within himself, the elusive Philosopher’s Stone.