(Fox News) — The Church of Latter Day Saints in Salt Lake City recently acquired the near 200-year-old printer’s manuscript of the Book of Mormon, making it the earliest surviving copy in existence.
Elder Steven E. Snow, Church historian and recorder, said the book is a revered text in the community.
“We hold the Book of Mormon to be a sacred text like the Bible,” Snow said in a press release. “The printer’s manuscript is the earliest surviving copy of about 72 percent of the Book of Mormon text, as only about 28 percent of the earlier dictation copy survived decades of storage in a cornerstone in Nauvoo, Illinois.”
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