I recently got a comment about our belief in the Bible. Mormons use the King James Version (KJV) of the Holy Bible in English speaking countries. In France, we use the Louis Segond version, and in other countries we use various other translations, depending on the language.
The interesting thing about the Bible is the number of times it has been translated. Think about it: it started with Adam, who likely wrote in his own language (he, as the first man on the earth, certainly didn’t speak English or any other language we have now). From there, and down the line, the records were probably a mixture of recorded languages and translations (I don’t think God would trust something so vitally important to an oral tradition). Later versions were in Latin and Greek, which have also been transcribed and translated many, many times.
You might have also heard of the Book of Mormon (where we got our nickname, the Mormons). This was a record that was recorded from about 600BC to about 400AD… about 1000 years of history. It started in Jerusalem, and ends in the ancient americas. It is a record of a people who were a “branch of israel”. It was translated in the late 1800’s. It has only been translated once into english, and from that original version it has been re-translated in to most of the languages on the earth.
The ancient record keepers of the book of Mormon had, for their part, a copy of most of the old testament records contained on brass plates, which they used in their own societies to maintain the purity of their Christian teachings. Along with those records, they had continual guidance from God through ancient prophets, just as the rest of the Israelites did.
You can get a free copy of the Book of Mormon or the Bible on Mormon.org. They are both testimonies of Jesus Christ, who is our Savior and Master.