The book of mormon takes exerpts and characters from a romantic fictional novel called paradise lost, paradise regained written by professor Anton in the early part of the 19th century. Characters like Nephi, Omni, Maroni, and others come from this book which is about Indian's in early America. It is my personal belief that Sidney Rigdon had more to do with perpetrating the hoax than did Joseph Smith. The priesthood that the mormons profess to have ie: Lavitical and Melchezedek where changed in the new testament to the priesthood of the believer- male or female. According to the original faith, the 12 apostles of the mormon church have the same status and power that the original apostles had. Every spiritual word that comes out of the mouth of the president of the mormon church is considered to be directly out of the mouth of Jesus Christ. What gave me my first step towards getting out of mormanism was reading Kingdom Of The Cults by Walter Martin. It is an in depth study of the historical origins and doctrines of the worlds religions.The best tool for a spirit filled Christian life is reading and studying The Bible on a daily basis always accompanied with prayer. From that knowledge and communication phenominal blessings can flow.