Brother Scott’s Book of Mormon Witness Presentation

Yesterday a friend gave me a cutout from the newspaper:

You might want to attend, or not. You might want to tell your friends, or not. I’m just making you aware of what’s going on. (I blogged about this already here, complete with illustrations.)
“Brother Scott” is holding these events every Thursday from May 11-Jun 1 from 7-8:30 pm in Sandy. You can get the info from his web page here:
I applaud the effort to make the Book of Mormon better known. I found Brother Scott to be engaging and enthusiastic. Apparently he went on one of the infamous “Book of Mormon tours” to Central America and is on fire now.
Unfortunately–very unfortunately–Brother Scott is promoting the Mesoamerican setting with lots of classic Mesomania. He’s telling people Izapa Stela 5 is Lehi’s dream, that Joseph wrote the articles in the Times and Seasons, etc. 
Of course, he forgets to tell the audience about Letter VII, Zion’s camp, the numerous General Conference addresses, President Joseph Fielding Smith’s warning about the two-Cumorahs theory, and anything else that contradicts his theories.
Brother Scott didn’t want to hear what I have to say.
He’s actively soliciting invitations to come speak at firesides, as you can see here:
I’m sure he’ll have no problem getting invitations, and I’m also sure he’ll have no problem presenting his material in Church buildings because he’s promoting Mesoamerica. As long as you promote the two-Cumorahs theory, you’re good to go. You can even use the artwork on the walls of the Church buildings as illustrations. As well as the illustrations in the missionary edition of the Book of Mormon itself.
But if his audience thinks carefully about his presentation, or spends 5 minutes on the Internet, they’ll soon realize that he, like all good Mesoamerican advocates, is saying Joseph and Oliver were ignorant speculators who misled the Church about Cumorah being in New York, the plains of the Nephites being in Ohio, etc.
I think Brother Scott could do a lot of good if he would simply consider an alternative to Mesoamerica and focus on critical aspects of Church history, such as Letter VII.

Source: Book of Mormon Wars

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3 thoughts on “Brother Scott’s Book of Mormon Witness Presentation

  1. Thank you, Jonathan Neville, for your expert response–just what I was looking for! A friend gave me a copy of Brother Scott’s lecture ad, and I didn’t know what it was about. My next step is to learn more from your talks and blogs. I love your excellent research. It’s obvious the Hill Cumorah is in New York!

  2. What a bunch of crap. I can see the hand of the Deceiver all over this effort.

    When will the Mormons realized that they are following falsehood?

    The Bible is the Word, the Truth and the Life! The Book of Mormon is NOT!

    1. Thanks for the comment. You’ve provided an insight that few Nicean Christians admit, something I’m writing about elsewhere (because it doesn’t really fit the topic of this blog). Whereas Jesus said “I am the way and the truth and the life,” (John 14:6), many Nicean Christians think, as this comment declares, that the Bible replaces Jesus. They worship the Bible instead of the Savior of which it teaches. That’s why they reject additional testimonies of Christ, such as the Book of Mormon. This is precisely the same mentality that led the Jews to reject Christ when he came; they worshipped their books and were so focused on the words that they couldn’t recognize the living Messiah. Nicean Christians are doing the same thing today. They think the Bible–not Jesus, but the Bible–is the Word, the Truth and the Life!

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