(February 19, 2015)
I have long loved Orson Scott Card’s talk on the Book of Mormon as artifact or artifice. No where does that show more than the transition between the small plates and the large plates. We miss it because everything is so seamless when we read it, but this chapter was either the last (or next to last – depending on when Words of Mormon came in the plates) chapter to be translated. And yet it fits chronologically and narratively perfectly in the book. This is something that would have been difficult to do with a created book, but with a compilation of histories it becomes much more realistic and easier.