Most followers of M2C are unaware of all of this.
Actually, most people who believe M2C are unaware of the teachings of the prophets. They don't know about the evidence from Church history and the sciences that support and corroborate the teachings of the prophets.
Even if the indictment does not resolve the issue of the location of the Hill Cumorah, at least it will help Church members and investigators make informed decisions about what to believe.
M2C is packaged as a common scam. That doesn't mean it is a scam, but it raises the question of why it is packaged as a scam. Promoters use censorship, misdirection, and sophistry to obscure their basic belief that the prophets are wrong and to confuse members of the Church. The promoters of M2C refuse to share a room with the critics of M2C. They refuse side-by-side comparisons. The indictment will make all of this clear for everyone to see.
I planned to take a break from blogging over the holidays, but our M2C advocates and their followers continue to find new ways to persuade members of the Church to reject the teachings of the prophets.
Enough people have asked about the latest developments that I've agreed to respond.
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Does anyone believe that President Ballard intended to communicate that message?
Look at what he actually said and decide for yourself.
The article is from the December 2016 Ensign titled "By Study and By Faith," which you can read here:
Notice that President Ballard cited the example of President Marion G. Romney.
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Does anyone think President Ballard intended to repudiate the teachings of President Romney?
I certainly do not. It's inconceivable to me to think that President Ballard would be teaching the Saints to disbelieve what President Romney taught.
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President Ballard gave an address at BYU a year later (Nov 2017) to further clarify the issue. You can read it here:
In the BYU address, he said
Let's ask, what questions require an expert?
Does it require an expert to read and understand Letter VII? To read and understand the consistent and persistent teachings of the prophets about the New York Cumorah?
Of course not.
Joseph and Oliver wrote Letter VII, and Joseph had it republished multiple times, precisely because it was so clear and easy to understand.
Here's what does require an expert: trying to persuade faithful members of the Church to disbelieve the prophets.
The M2C intellectuals and their followers have resorted to sophisticated sophistry to confuse and mislead members of the Church.
I don't think President Ballard wants us to consult experts who are trying to persuade us to disbelieve the prophets. Instead, those are the types of experts he warns us against.
His remarks surely are aimed at specialized topics that require advanced knowledge and experience to address.
I realize the M2C intellectuals claim they have been hired by the prophets to guide the Church, and they cite President Ballard's remarks to justify their position, but I think we're a long ways from needing experts to understand the plain, consistent teachings of the prophets, whether it's about the New York Cumorah or any other topic.
Notice another comment President Ballard made. I hope everyone interested in Book of Mormon historicity and geography considers this carefully. We don't help the Brethren build up the Church, teach the doctrine of Christ, and help those in need when we start by telling people the prophets are wrong.