by Harold I. Velt

The measuring stick for success in the life of individual man was well expressed long ago by William James when he said, "The greatest use of life is to spend it for something that will outlast it."

On that standard Joseph Smith, Jr., key figure in the restoration to the earth of the authoritative gospel of Christ, was successful in his mortal venture. One strong piece of evidence to support that fact is the Book of Mormon.

Translated under the Spirit of God by Joseph Smith, this great work still stands as a monument to its translator. But more important, its message has been of paramount influence to thousands and thousands of persons seeking a clear understanding of God-man relationships.

Author Harold I. Velt, in clear and straightforward style, examines the testimony of the many, many persons and events contributing to the bringing forth and establishment of the Book of Mormon as an irrefutable record of the history, religious life, and other social experiences of the native American race. He patiently and fairly, yet emphatically, reviews the stand of those opposing the validity of the work, giving such consideration in light of factual data which is available for examination.

The author also very impressively utilizes his vast storehouse of knowledge in the fields of history and religion in dealing with the actual content of the Book of Mormon—its purpose and teaching in relation to the plan of salvation as propounded by Jesus.