|No-wise graphic focusing on Central America to promote|
the corporate goal of Book of Mormon Central America
You can see it here:
It has been republished throughout the citation cartel.
When people told me about this No-wise, I was out of the country and didn't have time to look at it. Now that I have, I'm reminded of a well-known quotation:
“If you tell a lie big enough and keep repeating it, people will eventually come to believe it. The lie can be maintained only for such time as the State [i.e., the M2C citation cartel] can shield the people from the political, economic and/or military consequences of the lie. It thus becomes vitally important for the State to use all of its powers to repress dissent, for the truth is the mortal enemy of the lie, and thus by extension, the truth is the greatest enemy of the State.” Joseph Goebbels
In this case, the truth is the greatest enemy of M2C (the Mesoamerican/two-Cumorahs theory) which BOMC promotes by teaching that the prophets are wrong about the New York Cumorah. To persuade people to accept M2C, BOMC intentionally deceives members of the Church with material such as No-wise #431.
Sorry if that sounds harsh, but BOMC has used these tactics since its inception. That's why we call them Book of Mormon Central America (BOMCA).
BTW, remember that whenever you read a BOMCA No-wise, it is designed to fulfill the goal of their corporate owner BMAF:
Our goals are (1) to increase understanding of the Book of Mormon as an ancient Mesoamerican codex,
They are expressly, by their own admission, not interested in pursuing the truth. Instead, they are completely dedicated to pursuing the M2C agenda.
I've offered to do a quick peer review of BOMCA's material before they release it, but for some reason they've rejected my offer. Instead, I'll illustrate what my peer review would have looked like for this No-wise. These comments reflect solely my own opinion.
The original text of the No-wise is in black, with my comments in red and my emphasis in bold. Some of the more detailed points I put in my own footnotes, designated by capital letters (e.g., nA.). It's easy to go to the footnotes by searching the page in your browser for the capital letter with an "n" before it and a period after it.
nA. This is clever sophistry because it presents a false choice. On its face, the question seems to contrast the hemispheric vs limited geography models, which is fine, but that's not really what it says. There are statements from Church leaders that place descendants of Lehi throughout the hemisphere, which M2C'ers use to confuse people about what the prophets have actually said about Cumorah. The question of the location of the descendants of the Nephites and Lamanites (and Jaredites) is entirely separate from the question of where the events took place.
nB. In describing Moroni's first visit, Joseph wrote, "I was also informed concerning the aboriginal inhabitants of this country [America] and shown who they were, and from whence they came; a brief sketch of their origin, progress, civilization, laws, governments, of their righteousness and iniquity, and the blessings of God being finally withdrawn from them as a people, was [also] made known unto me; I was also told where were deposited some plates on which were engraven an abridgment of the records of the ancient prophets that had existed on this continent." See the Wentworth letter, here:
nC. Comments on footnote 4.
4. Joseph Smith to Emma Smith, June 4, 1834, pp. 57–58, online at josephsmithpapers.org. Many historians believe this is alluding to the Zelph incident. For more information, see Book of Mormon Central, “Who Was Zelph? (Helaman 6:6),” KnoWhy 336 (July 7, 2017).
Donald Q. Cannon, "Zelph Revisited," Regional Studies in the Latter-day Saint Church History: Illinois, edited by H. Dean Garret (Provo, Utah: Department of Church History and Doctrine, Brigham Young University (1995): 57-109. Available online at gospel link, here: http://www.gospelink.com/library/document/29393?highlight=1
BTW, I previously addressed No-wise #336 here: http://www.bookofmormoncentralamerica.com/2017/07/fun-with-zelph.html. A BOMCA employee, Zander, posted a typical comment there, to which I responded.]