85 Days: Mosiah 1 – Words of Mormon

Printer's Manuscript of the Book of Mormon

The printer’s manuscript of the Book of Mormon rests on a table in this early 20th-century photograph. The book was published in 1830 in E. B. Grandin’s print shop in Palmyra, New York. Photo courtesy of Community of Christ Library Archives. (Source: https://www.lds.org/church/news/historians-share-insights-from-book-of-mormon-printers-manuscript)

Although most people read the Book of Mormon sequentially (starting at the beginning with 1 Nephi 1 and finishing with Moroni 10), research tends to favor the idea that when Oliver Cowdery began to scribe for Joseph Smith in April of 1829 that they most likely began the translation process in the book of Mosiah and concluded in Words of Mormon.

I refer to this #BOMTC study sequence as the “Modified Mosiah Schedule”. Perhaps you would like to try the 85-day #BOMTC by using this schedule as something of a guide:

Estimated Dates for the Day-by-Day Translation of the Book of Mormon

  • 1828 Words of Mormon 1:13-18 (only part retained from the 116 pages)

April, 1829:

  • April 5, Oliver Cowdery arrives in Harmony, Pennsylvania
  • April 6, Joseph purchases his and Emma’s cabin from his father-in-law on the Hale property
  • April 7, Translation begins: Mosiah 1-3
  • April 8, Mosiah 4-7
  • April 9, Mosiah 8-11
  • April 10, Mosiah 12-16
  • April 11, Mosiah 17-20
  • April 12, Sunday, Mosiah 21-25
  • April 13, Mosiah 26-28
  • April 14, Mosiah 29-Alma 2
  • April 15, Alma 3-6
  • April 16, Alma 7-10
  • April 17, Alma 11-13
  • April 18, Alma 14-17
  • April 19, Sunday, Alma 18-19, about this time wrote a letter to David Whitmer
  • April 20, Alma 20-23
  • April 21, Alma 25-26
  • April 22, Alma 27-30
  • April 23, Alma 31-33
  • April 24, Alma 34-36
  • April 25, Alma 37-39
  • April 26, Alma 38-40
  • April 27, Alma 41-43
  • April 28, Sunday, Alma 44-45, about this time wrote a letter to David Whitmer
  • April 29, Alma 46-48
  • April 30, Alma 49-51

May, 1829

  • May 1, Alma 52-54
  • May 2, Alma 55-57
  • May 3, Alma 58-61
  • May 4, Alma 62-63/Helaman 1
  • May 5, Sunday, Helaman 2-4
  • May 6, Helaman 5-7
  • May 7, Helaman 8-10
  • May 8, Helaman 11-13
  • May 9, Helaman 14-16
  • May 10, About this time traveled 30 miles to Colesville
  • May 11, About this time traveled 30 miles back from Colesville
  • May 12, Sunday, 3Nephi 1-3
  • May 13, 3 Nephi 4-6
  • May 14, 3 Nephi 7-10
  • May 15, 3 Nephi 11-12, Restoration of the Aaronic Priesthood prompted by 3 Nephi 11:25
  • May 16, 3 Nephi 13-15
  • May 17, 3 Nephi 16-18
  • May 18, 3 Nephi 19-21
  • May 19, Sunday, 3 Nephi 22-23
  • May 20, 3 Nephi 24-27
  • May 21, 3 Nephi 29-30 and 4 Nephi
  • May 22, Mormon 1-4
  • May 23, Mormon 5-7
  • May 24, Mormon 8-9 and Ether 1
  • May 25, Sunday, Ether 2-3, Samuel Smith baptized
  • May 26, Ether 4-7
  • May 27, Ether 8-10
  • May 28, Ether 11-12, Hyrum Smith arrives, David Whitmer arrives
  • May 29, Ether 13-15/Moro 1-4
  • May 30, Moroni 5-8
  • May 31, Moroni 9-10, Title Page. By this date the translation of the large plates was finished.

June, 1829

  • June 1, Sunday
  • June 2, Move from Harmon, travel to Fayette
  • June 3, Travel to Fayette
  • June 4, Travel to Fayette
  • June 5, Unpack in Fayette, resume translation, 1Nephi 1-2
  • June 6, 1 Nephi 3-6
  • June 7, 1 Nephi 7-10
  • June 8, Sunday, 1 Nephi 11-12
  • June 9, 1 Nephi 13-16
  • June 10, 1 Nephi 17-19
  • June 11, Copyright filed in Western District Court of the United States
  • June 12, 1 Nephi 20-22
  • June 13, 2 Nephi 1-3
  • June 14, 2 Nephi 4-6, Oliver wrote a letter to Hyrum
  • June 15, Sunday, D&C 14, 15, 16, 18, baptism of Hyrum, David and Peter Whitmer Jr, and others
  • June 16, 2 Nephi 7-9
  • June 17, 2 Nephi 10-13
  • June 18, 2 Nephi 14-19
  • June 19, 2 Nephi 20-24
  • June 20, 2 Nephi 25-27; 27:12 will prompt the showing to the Three Witnesses
  • June 21, 2 Nephi 28-31
  • June 22, Sunday, about this time Oliver prepares the “Articles of the Church of Christ”
  • June 23, 2 Nephi 32-33, about this time the Three Witnesses see Moroni
  • June 24, Jacob 1-3
  • June 25, Jacob 4-5
  • June 26, Jacob 6-7
  • June 27, Enos and Jarom
  • June 28, Omni, Words of Mormon, Translation completed
  • June 29, Sunday, in Manchester, New York, about this time, the Eight Witnesses shown the plates
  • June 30, By this date, the entire translation was finished

Please see the article, “Book of Mormon Translation,” an official essay published by the Church for greater insights.

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