I was excited to find this book years ago. I wanted my own copy so much I begged my husband to give it to me for Christmas in 2002. It’s based on two true stories: the story of the Book of Mormon coming forth through the prophet Joseph Smith, and the story of a man named Jack West who was going to Stanford University law school and was assigned to do a practice trial. He chose to put the “Book of Mormon on trial” to practice his attorney skills. Imagine my surprise to find out a few months after listening to Jack West’s story on tape that his granddaughter is one of my close girlfriends! I had known her for years and she kept this treasured family story hidden. It makes me wonder what other stories are hiding in my friends. You can read the story of Jack West here http://bookofmormontrial.com/jack-west.html
Here is an excerpt from Jack’s story:
This case lasted for almost three weeks. At the conclusion of the case, and upon the concluding arguments by both the combined prosecution ( the rest of the class ) and the defense ( me ), the judge rendered his decision in favor of the defense. He said to the prosecution, “ You have not even established a toehold, much less a foothold in breaking down the marvelous evidence for the authenticity of the ‘ Stick of Joseph ‘ ( or the Book of Mormon ), much less given any evidence that would show it to be a fraudulent work ! ”
Then the judge called me into his office and said, “ Jack, where in the world did you get the
evidence you presented in this mock trial ? ” I grinned at him and said, “ You remember at the
onset of the trial I told all of you that I did not take credit for one particle of this evidence.
Most of it has been available to the world for over a hundred years. It just needed to be
uncovered and organized. And I told you then, as I tell you now, that I believe with all of my heart that God Himself prepared that evidence and the Witnesses.”
The judge responded saying, “ I want to tell you something. In all my years in law, I don ‘t think I have ever heard a case more nearly perfect than this one. When you started out, I wouldn ‘t have given you a plugged nickel for your chances of proving that book to be true through the absolute legal process in a court of law.”
My dear friends, do not
sell the Book of Mormon short ! The Book of Mormon gives strength and support to the Bible. Its testimony is vital to the understanding and acceptance of the Bible as the literal and spiritual Word of God without confusion or misinterpretation of its teachings.
From an address given at
Brigham Young University.
First Printing June 24, 1954.
This book is a delight to read on Sunday afternoons or homeschool mornings or at bedtime, or really anytime, with your kids. It has comic book drawings by J. Milton Rich and exaggerated characters who are confounded at every turn when they try to disprove the Book of Mormon. We’ve been reading it during some of our homeschool mornings. It fascinates me to know that all of the three witnesses and the eight witnesses to the Book of Mormon never denied their testimonies of seeing the plates from which the Book of Mormon was translated from. You can order the book at bookofmormonontrial.com