A friend recently showed me his research regarding the odd dates found in The Book of Mormon. His research was inspired by the Fourth of July connection along with other strange connections between The Late War and The Book of Mormon. [Edited] Here are the three dates he noticed:
… the fourth day of the seventh month, which is the birth day of Columbian Liberty and Independence, (The Late War, 1816)
… the fourth day of this seventh month, which is in the tenth year of the reign of the judges. (The Book of Mormon, 1830)
… pitched their tents (upon the shores) … on the first day of the first month … (The Late War: Ch. 53)
… pitch his tents … by the seashore … on the first morning of the first month … (The Book of Mormon: Alma 51-52)
Note 1: According to my friend’s research the above parallels turned out to be almost insignificant since TLW had so many dates.
Note 2: I am now less certain that The Late War directly influenced The Book of Mormon. Why? In brief, we have found other books. I’ll write about it more in a future post.