The wrong course FairMormon takes people on

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Since its inception, FairMormon has been leading its readers on a wrong course because it repudiates the Church’s position of neutrality on Book of Mormon geography.Why?Because the management of FairMormon has Mesomania. What started as a small understandable error that could have been easily corrected has, by now, misled thousands of people, LDS and otherwise. […]

"Camorah" in 1830

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Letter VII’s observations about Cumorah reflected teachings that were known before the translation of the Book of Mormon was even finished, as we know from David Whitmer’s account of the trip from Harmony to Fayette. Nevertheless, some scholars claim that the association of the “New York hill” with ancient Cumorah was a later invention. They […]

Comparison chart and decision tree

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In my last post, I alluded to a comparison chart I did a while back (August 15, 2016) on my consensus blog. Here’s the link: http://bookofmormonconsensus.blogspot.com/2016/08/agree-and-agree-to-disagree-lists.html I could add more sections now, but I’ll stick with the one from last year for now because it clarifies the issues pretty well. And after more than a […]

When to trust experts

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Even on this trip across the North Atlantic, I’ve had a few occasions to discuss Church history and Book of Mormon geography. I actually thought that by now, the Mesoamerican theory would have been relegated to a footnote in Church history, but it’s still going strong. It’s an unfortunate legacy that will endure until its […]

Interlude-Iceland

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I’ve been taking a break from blogging because we don’t have regular Internet access here in Iceland, but I thought readers might like to see what I’m up to. I’m at a geothermal power plant in northern Iceland. Yesterday we climbed an enormous caldera, etc. It’s an awesome country with lots to discuss in my […]

Brother Scott is back, worse than ever

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Several people noticed the ad in the print version of the Deseret News that comes with the Church News in Utah. This “Brother Scott” is the gentleman I blogged about before. http://bookofmormonwars.blogspot.com/2017/05/brother-scotts-book-of-mormon-witness.html https://mormonmesomania.blogspot.com/2017/04/mesomania-for-youth.html Only now it’s even worse. “Brother Scott” is co-opting Family Home Evenings by holding events on Mondays, Sept 11, 18, 25 and […]

Value of Historical Research

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I’d like to follow up on President Hinckley’s comment: “If we are going to stay on the track the Lord put us on, we must know our history.” By now, many LDS scholars and educators think they know my position about Cumorah. They think they know everything about the topic. And maybe they do, but there […]

The Unbelievers at FairMormon

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People often ask me how, when the people behind FairMormon purport to be faithful, dedicated Latter-day Saints, they can continue to advocate the two-Cumorahs and Mesoamerican theories. It’s not a question of faith and dedication to the gospel. All the individuals I’ve met who contribute to and manage FairMormon are nice, sincere, and dedicated to […]