The Book of Mormon is one of four important texts to the members of the Jesus Christ Church of Latter-Day Saints -- the others being the Bible, the Book of Doctrine and Covenants and The Pearl of Great Price. For Christians in the Catholic and Protestant traditions, this wealth of sacred literature might be confusing. Others might have assumed that the LDS Church relies on only one holy book, the best-known: the Book of Mormon. (It's even better known now that "South Park" creator Trey Parker used it as the name of a hit Broadway musical satirizing the Mormon religion).
So what *is* the Book of Mormon? The LDS tradition says that it is a historical testimony of other Christian
peoples (or, at first, pre-Christian descendants of Israelites) who lived in the Americas. This testimony was discovered by Joseph Smith in the late 1820s, and translated it from a language called "reformed Egyptian" with the use of a "seer stone." (If all this is getting hard to believe, try to remember that the Judeo-Christian Bible features, we kid you not, a talking donkey. Really, Google "Baalam's ass.") The Book explains that God called several peoples across the ocean to the New World, where they lived -- not always in harmony -- and were visited by Jesus, who gave them new laws, shortly after his resurrection and ascension in the New World.
If none of this is new to you, you're likely to do well on our quiz! And if most of this wasn't familiar, well, you're liable to learn some things, even if you don't score high. Good luck!