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Lemurs, Chameleons and Golden Plates

Lemurs, Chameleons and Golden Plates

An African Perspective of the Restoration of the Gospel

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The Gospel of Jesus Christ is for everyone in the world. It teaches people of all cultures how to love one another, serve one another, and help one another become better, happier, people. This book helps young readers understand the Gospel from an African perspective.


The great thing that readers are most excited about is the fact that the correct history  is the storyline in this book. It was edited by Jonathan Neville who made sure that no revisionist history (i.e. narratives that eliminate the Hill Cumorah or which show JS translating by means of a stone in a hat, etc.) was allowed to dominate the story.

Internationally recognized artist William Rasoanaivo of Madagascar applies his talents to relate the story of the Restoration from an African perspective.

Readers young and old enjoy learning about Church history and gospel principles in a multicultural context. In Lemurs, Chameleons and Gold Plates, African artist William Rosoanaivo (POV) provides delightful illustrations of important events in early Church history from the perspective of Latter-day Saints living in Madagascar.

The book introduces a brother and sister who visit their grandparents in the countryside, where lemurs and chameleons join in the fun. Young readers especially enjoy looking for these creatures as they turn the pages.

African culture permeates the book as the grandparents tell their grandchildren about how they joined the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, how Joseph Smith translated the Book of Mormon, and how the Church has grown throughout the world. They discuss temple work, missionary work, and caring for one another, all in the context of the African setting.

William Rosoanaivo (POV) is an award-winning artist, a native of Madagascar who currently lives in Mauritius, both African nations. Co-author Jonathan Neville, who met William while living in Mauritius, has written extensively about Church history and related topics. References to the Joseph Smith Papers and other historical sources are provided for readers who seek additional information and insights.

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