In 1830 Joseph Smith* published a book he claimed to have translated "by the gift and power of God" from ancient gold plates buried in a hillside in upstate New York. The book records the details of three ancient peoples who had inhabited the North American continent.
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Givens, Terryl. "Mormon, Book of." The Cambridge Dictionary of Christianity. Edited by Daniel Patte. New York: Cambridge University Press, 2010.