No-wise #395 on David Whitmer

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Obviously, I don’t have time to comment on every “kno-why” put out by Book of Mormon Central America. Many of them are great. Others are useful. But others are misleading, at best, and that’s why I call these “no-wise.” But I don’t have time to comment even on all of the no-wise. I’m commenting on […]

2018-Time to prune

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As we start the new year, it’s a good time to think of things we can prune away from our lives. Such as, for instance, all the theories of Book of Mormon geography that reject the New York Cumorah. Right now, the historicity of the Book of Mormon looks something like this. It is chaotic, […]

2017 year-end: A decision tree

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Cumorah: A Decision Tree for Book of Mormon Geography People often ask for a summary of Book of Mormon geography issues. This post includes a decision tree to help people make their own decisions. My premise: Everyone who reads the Book of Mormon wonders where it took place.  Moroni knew how important location was.  During his first visit to […]

Which narrative makes sense to you?

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Letter VII presents LDS readers with a narrative that makes sense; i.e., the Hill Cumorah is in New York. This means Mormon’s depository of records (Mormon 6:6) and the final battles of the Jaredites and the Nephites took place in New York. But this narrative contradicts the prevailing Mesoamerican/two-Cumorahs theory that some intellectuals in the […]

2017 year end – social-validation feedback loop

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Because so many new people are reading the blog, this week we’re republishing some of the more notable posts from 2017.___ Social-validation feedback loop BYU/CES teachers are talented, well-prepared, and eager to build faith. Because of that, people wonder why the Mesoamerican/two-Cumorahs theory is so widely believed and taught at BYU campuses and in CES.  Wait, […]

Persuading by presenting facts as "consensus"

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A common persuasion technique is to present “facts” as a “consensus” of experts. This is often done in scientific debates. It is especially persuasive to more educated people. This is the same technique used by proponents of the Mesoamerican/two-Cumorahs theory. They frequently cite the “widespread consensus among believing scholars,” to use Terryl Givens’ phrase. But […]

Lesson/fireside material

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Readers often ask for help in sharing/presenting the information about the Hill Cumorah. Here is some material you can use. _____ Joseph Smith and Oliver Cowdery explain the Hill Cumorah Purpose To help class members understand what Joseph Smith and Oliver Cowdery taught about the Hill Cumorah and how that helps readers understand the Book […]

Opening the Heavens but censoring history

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Readers have asked my thoughts about the presentation given by Professor John W. (Jack) Welch in November 2017 titled “Hours Never to Be Forgotten: Timing the Translation of the Book of Mormon.” You can read about it and watch the video here: https://mi.byu.edu/watch-welch-lecture/. There is also a link to the handout, which you can see here: https://mi.byu.edu/wp-content/uploads/2017/11/Willes-Lecture-Program-small-1.pdf […]