Letter VII and the New York Cumorah

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I just returned from another trip to Nauvoo and once again, I was struck with the seriousness of the question of Letter VII. Oliver Cowdery’s Letter VII, which Joseph Smith helped write and specifically endorsed at least three times, declares it is a fact that the Hill Cumorah in New York is the Hill Cumorah […]

New Organization

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I’m nearing 500 posts on this blog and I’ve addressed just about every question I’ve been asked, that has been raised in other blogs, and that I’ve thought of. The problem is organization. You can search for terms, of course, and many people do that. But with so many posts, you may get more search […]

Perspectives, inside and outside

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Some months ago a PowerPoint slide made the rounds of the Internet. This graphic purports to be part of a presentation to LDS General Authorities on the topic of what issues and ideas lead people away from the Church (notice the slide says “Gospel” instead of “Church”), organized from “Far Left” to “Far Right.” I […]

FairMormon helps anti-Mormons

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For a reason I won’t get into right now, I’m going to revisit an ongoing and serious problem. FairMormon (https://www.fairmormon.org/) purports to be “the world’s largest database of faithful answers to critical questions.” It may be the “largest database,” but since it misleads members of the Church, what good is a large database? A smaller, […]

Unless it is exactly like themselves

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On October 22, 1829, Joseph Smith wrote a letter to Oliver Cowdery from Harmony, Pa. “Respected Sir I would in form you that I arrived at home on sunday morning the 4th after having a prosperous Journey, and found all well the people are all friendly to <us> except a few who are in opposition […]

A fair chance

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Accepting and living the gospel can be a challenge, so I continue to wonder why we make it harder for investigators (and members) than it needs to be. The Mesoamerican and two-Cumorahs theories are ubiquitous in the Church, thanks to the Arnold Friberg paintings and Christ Visiting the Americas featured in meetinghouses, temples, and the […]

Serious obstacle to consensus-Translations of the Book of Mormon obscure meaning

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One obstacle to consensus is changing the text of the Book of Mormon itself. I’ve referred to the “Sorenson” translation before, when Brother Sorenson and like-minded people use terms that aren’t actually in the text. The best known example is replacing the phrase “head of Sidon” with “headwaters of Sidon.” Another is the phrase, “narrow strip […]

Current state of the consensus

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I continue to think it would be possible to reach a consensus about Book of Mormon geography if everyone sat down and discussed the issues openly. But that isn’t happening. The proponents of Mesoamerica don’t even want Church members to know about the North American setting. This is easy to understand._____________ As it stands today, […]