More of the original manuscript found

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Here’s an awesome article on the original manuscript of the Book of Mormon: http://www.deseretnews.com/article/865687831/LDS-Church-History-Department-announces-newly-found-fragment-of-original-Book-of-Mormon-manuscript.html Neilson commented, “When I see fragments of the original Book of Mormon manuscript, I’m reminded that it takes heavenly help and mortal messengers to bring the divine down to earth. This is a collaborative effort … in this case a collaboration […]

Statistics

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Sometimes people ask about statistics; i.e., how many people read my blogs. So far, I’ve had about 200,000 page views, not counting people who read the blogs on http://www.moronisamerica.com/moronis-america-blog/, which aggregates them (but doesn’t update them when I make changes on this blog), or people who read posts and comments on other web pages or […]

Followup on Elder Holland’s talk

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I’m hearing people say that because “the Brethren have endorsed” Book of Mormon Central (BOMC), FairMormon, and the rest, my comments about what these groups teach are unfounded. Members of these groups have been trying to transform this so-called “endorsement” of their web pages into official endorsement of their rejection of Letter VII and their […]

Why Letter VII is awesome

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From time to time, I like to remember how significant Letter VII was in Church history and why it’s so important today. Joseph and Oliver wrote these eight historical letters to edify and educate the early Saints. In part, they were responding to anti-Mormon publications. They assured readers that the letters were “founded upon facts.” […]

Alarming news from BYU Education Week

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I’ve attended a lot of great classes at Education Week in the last few days, but I need to alert readers to an alarming development. Now BYU is promoting the fantasy map of the Book of Mormon for Seminary students!If you go to this link http://virtualscriptures.org/, this is what you will see: BYU Fantasy Map now […]

Staying on track

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At BYU Education Week Tuesday I saw this important quotation about Church history. “If we are going to stay on the track the Lord put us on, we must know our history.” President Gordon B. Hinckley, 1978 Readers here know the track the Lord put us on with respect to the Hill Cumorah because David […]

Interlude – Science vs Religion

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The science vs. religion debate has raged for centuries, perhaps never more than now, although for a substantial portion of the population, the debate is over because they think science won. The debate is relevant here because science is the main reason why so many LDS scholars and educators reject what Joseph and Oliver taught […]

25th anniversary of disaster

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When we look around and see the lack of consensus about Book of Mormon geography, there are a few key inflection points that have put us on the course we’re on today; i.e., rifts among LDS scholars and educators and confusion among members of the Church and investigators. A major inflection point occurred in 1992, […]