How Much Mormon History Do You Know?

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This quiz will determine how much history about key parts of the history of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.


Questions and Answers
  • 1. 

    What is the Urim and Thummim?

    • A.

      A stone Joseph Smith found while digging a well

    • B.

      A crystal ball

    • C.

      A breastplate and spectacles found with the gold plates

    • D.

      Both A & C are referred to the LDS church as the Urim and Thummim

    Correct Answer
    D. Both A & C are referred to the LDS church as the Urim and Thummim
    Explanation
    Both A & C are referred to the LDS church as the Urim and Thummim. The Urim and Thummim is a term used in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS) to refer to both a stone Joseph Smith found while digging a well and a breastplate and spectacles found with the gold plates. These objects are believed to have been used by Joseph Smith in the translation of the Book of Mormon.

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  • 2. 

    Were the breastplate and spectacles used in translating the Book of Mormon as we know it today?

    • A.

      No, they were only used to translate the first 116 lost pages

    • B.

      Yes, they were used for the whole thing

    • C.

      No, they were never used

    • D.

      Yes, they were sometimes used

    Correct Answer
    D. Yes, they were sometimes used
    Explanation
    The given answer states that the breastplate and spectacles were sometimes used in translating the Book of Mormon. This implies that while they were not used for the entire translation process, they were utilized at certain times during the translation.

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  • 3. 

    What was the primary method Joseph Smith used to translate the Book of Mormon?

    • A.

      Using the spectacles he found with the gold plates

    • B.

      He would put his face into a hat and read from a stone he had found while digging a well

    • C.

      He didn't use any tools, just revelation

    Correct Answer
    B. He would put his face into a hat and read from a stone he had found while digging a well
    Explanation
    Joseph Smith used a method of translation where he would put his face into a hat and read from a stone he had found while digging a well. This method involved using the stone as a seer stone, which he believed allowed him to receive divine revelation and translate the text of the Book of Mormon. It is important to note that this method of translation is a matter of religious belief and is not universally accepted or supported by all individuals.

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  • 4. 

    Which of the following of Joseph Smith's wives was his first?

    • A.

      Fanny Alger (15)

    • B.

      Emma Hale (22)

    • C.

      Helen Mar Kimball (14)

    • D.

      Sarah Kingsley Cleveland (53)

    Correct Answer
    B. Emma Hale (22)
    Explanation
    Joseph Smith's first wife was Emma Hale because she is listed first in the options and is the only one with a specific age mentioned. The age mentioned, 22, suggests that she was likely the first wife since the other ages are not specified.

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  • 5. 

    Which of the following wives of Joseph Smith were already married to a faithful LDS man?

    • A.

      Marinda Johnson Hyde (27) -- [Orson Hyde]

    • B.

      Zina Huntington Jacobs (20) -- [Henry Jacobs]

    • C.

      Presendia Huntington Buell (31) -- [Norman Buell]

    • D.

      All of the above, however they weren't the only three

    • E.

      None of the above

    Correct Answer
    D. All of the above, however they weren't the only three
  • 6. 

    T/F -- Joseph Smith had a pistol in Carthage Jail that he used to shoot three men before being killed.

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    A. True
    Explanation
    Joseph Smith did have a pistol in Carthage Jail, but there is no historical evidence to support the claim that he used it to shoot three men before being killed. The events leading to Joseph Smith's death are well-documented, and there is no record of him shooting anyone before his own death. Therefore, the statement that Joseph Smith used a pistol to shoot three men before being killed is false.

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  • 7. 

    T/F -- Joseph Smith and his company sent for and drank wine at Carthage Jail for the purpose of lifting their spirits.

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    A. True
    Explanation
    The given answer is true because Joseph Smith and his company did indeed send for and drink wine at Carthage Jail. This was done in an attempt to lift their spirits during their time of confinement.

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  • 8. 

    Which of the following was Joseph Smith accused of and tried for in 1826?

    • A.

      Slander

    • B.

      Treason

    • C.

      Jay-walking

    • D.

      Glass-looking (conning people)

    Correct Answer
    D. Glass-looking (conning people)
    Explanation
    http://www.fairlds.org/fair-conferences/2002-fair-conference/2002-the-1826-trial-of-joseph-smith

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  • 9. 

    As prophet, Brigham Young taught which of the following controversial doctrines in sermons to the body of the church?

    • A.

      Interracial couples should be killed

    • B.

      Adam is actually God, and Father of Jesus

    • C.

      Certain sins are only atoned for by the shedding of the sinners blood

    • D.

      All of the above

    • E.

      None of the above

    Correct Answer
    D. All of the above
    Explanation
    Brigham Young, as a prophet, taught all of the controversial doctrines mentioned in his sermons to the body of the church. He advocated for the killing of interracial couples, believed that Adam was actually God and the Father of Jesus, and taught that certain sins could only be atoned for by the shedding of the sinner's blood. These teachings have been widely debated and criticized due to their extreme nature and the ethical implications they raise.

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  • 10. 

    T/F -- Joseph Smith received a revelation that Emma would be annihilated if she failed to abide by the commandment of plural marriage.

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    A. True
    Explanation
    Joseph Smith, the founder of the Mormon Church, claimed to have received a revelation stating that Emma, his wife, would be annihilated if she did not comply with the commandment of practicing plural marriage. This belief was a part of the teachings of the early Mormon Church, which allowed for multiple wives. This revelation was seen as a test of Emma's faithfulness and obedience to the teachings of the church.

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  • 11. 

    After the discovery of the Rosetta Stone (which modern-day Egyptologists used to learn to read Egyptian), they have verified Joseph Smith's translation of the Book of Abraham as which of the following?

    • A.

      Not perfect, but some of the translations are close to being correct

    • B.

      Very accurate

    • C.

      Plausible

    • D.

      Completely wrong and lacking even a single correct Egyptian translation

    Correct Answer
    D. Completely wrong and lacking even a single correct Egyptian translation
    Explanation
    The given answer states that Joseph Smith's translation of the Book of Abraham is completely wrong and lacks even a single correct Egyptian translation. This means that the translations made by Joseph Smith do not align with the actual Egyptian language and its meanings. The reference to the discovery of the Rosetta Stone, which helped Egyptologists understand Egyptian hieroglyphs, suggests that the translations made by Joseph Smith do not hold up to scrutiny and are not supported by any accurate Egyptian translations.

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  • 12. 

    Who was Joseph Smith sealed to first?

    • A.

      Emma Hale Smith

    • B.

      Louisa Beaman

    • C.

      Brigham Young

    Correct Answer
    B. Louisa Beaman
    Explanation
    Joseph Smith was sealed to Louisa Beaman first. Sealing refers to the practice of eternal marriage in the context of the Latter Day Saint movement. Joseph Smith, the founder of the movement, had multiple wives and Louisa Beaman was his first plural wife. This practice was a controversial aspect of early Mormonism, and Joseph Smith's marriages have been a subject of historical and religious debate.

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