Oliver’s qualifications to write Letter VII

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The LDS scholars and educators who try to discredit Letter VII because Oliver wasn’t qualified to write it generally base their position on the premise that Oliver never “claimed revelation” about the Hill Cumorah. The obvious response is, why would Oliver claim revelation when he had personally visited Mormon’s depository of records, right there in […]

Noel Reynolds and authorship

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LDS Living published an article about Noel Reynolds and his article that explains Joseph Smith did not write the Lectures on Faith. You can see it here: http://www.ldsliving.com/Former-BYU-Professor-Shares-Evidence-the-Lectures-on-Faith-Were-Not-Written-by-Joseph-Smith/s/85893 Here’s a key passage: Reynolds says there’s evidence to suggest that [Sidney] Rigdon was the book’s author.  For instance, Reynolds’s asserts there is no proof Joseph Smith ever […]

Check your biases – updated

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In the pursuit of a consensus about LDS Church history and Book of Mormon geography, I find it useful to understand the positions of the various groups. This post lets you see which group you most closely agree with. Scoring. You can see which bias is closest to yours by adding up the number of […]

Columbus reconsidered

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The Columbus narrative articulated by FairMormon and others claims Nephi was referring to Columbus when he wrote what is now 1 Nephi 13. I think there are other possibilities, as I’ve discussed before, but here’s another thing to consider.__________________ In 1 Nephi 18, Nephi describes his voyage across the sea and his arrival in the […]

the deleware Nation of Lamanites

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Oliver Cowdery wrote a letter dated April 8, 1831, from Jackson County, Missouri, to the Saints in Kirtland. He described some of the events of the mission to the Lamanites. I think everyone agrees that “early” members of the Church believed the American Indians in the U.S. and its territories were Lamanites. Here, Oliver refers […]

The official position of the Church – part 2

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FairMormon is a group that does a lot of good by answering questions and assembling references and resources. But their editorial position is full-fledged Mesomania, and they employ clever techniques to promote their two-Cumorahs and Mesoamerican theories. Which is why I can’t recommend FairMormon to anyone who has questions. They also tend to make authoritative […]

Win win solutions

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The impediments of cognitive dissonance make reaching a consensus about Book of Mormon geography difficult. Today I propose another way to look at the issue. The first hurdle involves the Hill Cumorah; i.e., some think there is one Cumorah and it is New York.. That’s what I think. Others think the New York Cumorah is […]