This website is for those who are honest seekers of truth and want to know more about the Book of Abraham. The Book of Abraham is a canonized book of scripture for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (often mistakenly referred to as the “Mormon Church”), and its teachings and doctrines provide a great deal of edification and spiritual light for members of that Church. A great deal of confusion has arisen about the relationship of papyri Joseph Smith once owned and the text of the Book of Abraham. Most of this confusion stems from misunderstandings about this issue.
Q: How did Joseph Smith end up with a collection of mummies and papyri?
A: Antonio Lebolo, an agent of the French Government in Egypt who was tasked with exporting Egyptian antiquities, sent a shipment of mummies and papyri from Egypt that was eventually sold in the United States. These objects were exhibited in town after town as the first large collection of Egyptian artifacts in the country. Eventually the owners of the exhibition began selling portions of it.
Members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (inadvertently called the “Mormon Church” by friends of other faiths) are given the opportunity to learn about God through myriad sources, to name a few: the scriptures, living prophets, music, serving others, observing Christ-like individuals, and of course—personal revelation. An echoing message throughout each of these sources is that God, our Heavenly Father, is very aware of each of His children. He has provided us an opportunity to become like Him through the great and atoning sacrifice of Jesus Christ, His Son.