Here's one that is timely, though. It was part of a series about "clarity vs confusion" that illustrates this table:
Teachings about Book of Mormon geography
Teachings of prophets
Teachings of M2C intellectuals
1. We know the Hill Cumorah of Mormon 6:6 is in western New York state.
1. Church leaders who taught about the Hill Cumorah in New York were merely expressing their opinions and were wrong.
2. We don’t yet know for sure where the other events in the Book of Mormon took place.
2. The prophets don’t know where any of the events in the Book of Mormon took place.
3. Qualified modern scholars know more about the Book of Mormon geography than Joseph Smith and Oliver Cowdery did.
By now, readers here know that the M2C intellectuals and their employees and followers conflate (or mix together) the two clarity teachings so they can create the three confusion teachings.
The M2C intellectuals want people to be confused about these two teachings because they have repudiated the teachings of the prophets about the Hill Cumorah, and they want people to believe that the prophets have never taught where the Hill Cumorah is.
Well, they have to admit that every prophet and apostle who has ever formally addressed the issue has confirmed that Cumorah is in New York, but they say all these prophets and apostles were wrong.
When they confuse members of the Church by conflating (or mixing up) teachings #1 and #2, the M2C intellectuals and their employees and followers can evade accountability for repudiating the teachings of the prophets.
Their treatment of President George Q. Cannon is a good example.
FairMormon, a member of the M2C citation cartel, provides a list of statements about Book of Mormon geography from the 19th Century.
They just omit statements they don't want people to know about.
For President Cannon, FairMormon provides an editorial attributed to him that focuses on point 2 above. You can see it at this link. Below in this post I inserted the entire statement, including the parts FairMormon censored.
What FairMormon doesn't tell readers is that President Cannon made a very specific statement about Cumorah in a book he wrote about the Prophet Joseph Smith.
During his description of Joseph's visit to the hill Cumorah in New York, President Cannon explained what Moroni taught Joseph:
Many precious truths the angel now imparted to him: telling him that he, Moroni, while yet living, had hidden up the plates in the hill, four centuries after Christ, to await their coming forth in the destined hour of God's mercy to man; that he, Moroni, was the son of Mormon, a prophet of the ancient Nephites, who had once dwelt on this land; that to the Nephites this sacred hill was known as Cumorah, and to the Jaredites (who had still more anciently inhabited this continent), as Ramah; and much more did he impart to Joseph concerning the mysteries of the past, and the future purposes of Almighty God in the redemption of fallen mankind.
Add this to the long list of teachings of the prophets that the M2C intellectuals reject.
For everyone except M2C believers, this language is as clear as word can be. Moroni told Joseph Smith that the hill in which he, Moroni, buried the plates was the same hill that the Jaredites called Cumorah and the Jaredites called Ramah.
But M2C believers don't want to understand what President Canon said because they've been trained to believe the prophets are wrong.
(Sadly, the missionaries currently serving in Palmyra also don't know what President Canon said, a topic of an upcoming post.)
When M2C believers do actually read these words and realize their significance, they see the phrase "it is my opinion that" written in otherwise invisible ink throughout. That invisible ink entitles them to disbelieve President Canon.
Look at another teaching of President Cannon's that FairlyMormon omits:
George Q. Cannon recognized the power of early impressions: "If our children be permitted to conceive incorrect ideas concerning the location of the lands inhabited by the Nephites and the sites of their cities, it will be difficult to eradicate them." "Editorial," Juvenile Instructor, 22/4 (1887): p. 221
Here's an excerpt from a post on this topic that I made a year ago:
Way back in 1890, President George Q. Cannon observed in the Juvenile Instructor that the First Presidency has never published or approved of a map of Book of Mormon geography because there are so many uncertainties.
From 1880 to his death in 1901, President Cannon served as First Counselor to Presidents John Taylor, Wilford Woodruff, Lorenzo Snow, so he was well qualified to express the views of the First Presidency. He served with Joseph F. Smith, who was Second Counselor from 1880 until he became President of the Church in 1901. Joseph F. Smith was editor of the Improvement Era during this time.
In 1899, nine years after President Cannon published his comment about Book of Mormon geography, President Joseph F. Smith published Letter VII in the Improvement Era. This demonstrates that, from the perspective of the First Presidency, teaching that Cumorah is in New York is consistent with neutrality on the rest of Book of Mormon geography. That position has also been explained by other prophets.
You can read Letter VII in the 1899 Improvement Era here:
You can read President Cannon's complete quotation here:
Below I provide it with the parts FairlyMormon omitted in red.
Bio (from wikipedia): Cannon was born in Liverpool, England, to George Cannon and Ann Quayle, the eldest of six children. His mother and father were from Peel on the Isle of Man. His father's sister, Leonora Cannon, had married future Latter Day Saint apostle John Taylor and was baptized in 1836. News reached the elder George Cannon and four years later, when Taylor came to Liverpool, the entire Cannon family was baptized into the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints; George Q. Cannon was 13 years old at the time. Cannon's siblings were Mary Alice Cannon (Lambert), Ann Cannon (Woodbury), Angus M. Cannon, David H. Cannon, and Leonora Cannon (Gardner). In 1842, the Cannon family set sail for the United States to join with the church in Nauvoo, Illinois. On the voyage over the Atlantic Ocean, Cannon's mother died. The motherless family arrived safely in Nauvoo in the spring of 1843. George Sr. married Mary Edwards in 1844 and had another daughter, Elizabeth Cannon (Piggott).