long ago ideas
“When we are tired, we are attacked by ideas we conquered long ago." - Friedrich Nietzsche Long ago, Joseph Smith and Oliver Cowdery conquered false claims that the Book of Mormon was fiction or that it came through a stone in a hat. But these old claims have resurfaced in recent years. To conquer them again, we have to return to what Joseph and Oliver taught.
Friday, September 29, 2017
Conference thoughts - President Benson
President Ezra Taft Benson focused on the Book of Mormon when he became President of the Church. In October, 1988, the last conference at which he personally spoke, he gave the classic sermon, "Flooding the Earth with the Book of Mormon."
This has been a landmark year in the history of the Church in the use of the keystone of our religion—the Book of Mormon. This sacred volume of scripture has brought more souls to Christ, both within and without the Church, than ever before....
The Book of Mormon is the instrument that God designed to “sweep the earth as with a flood, to gather out [His] elect.” (Moses 7:62.) This sacred volume of scripture needs to become more central in our preaching, our teaching, and our missionary work...
A lot of people are doing a lot of work to fulfill President Benson's vision.
Unfortunately, the greatest impediment is coming from within the Church, from LDS scholars and educators who continue to insist that Joseph Smith and Oliver Cowdery were wrong about Cumorah being in New York.
They continue to teach the youth that all the modern prophets and apostles who affirmed what Joseph and Oliver taught were wrong.
Until this issue gets resolved, President Benson's challenge to flood the Earth with the Book of Mormon will continue to be muddled in confusion, disruption, fantasy maps (like the one they're using at BYU) and other disasters.