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.

Thursday, July 25, 2019

Believing Moroni vs. M2C intellectuals

The next time you visit a temple, look at the statue of Moroni and think about what Moroni taught. Compare Moroni's teachings to what we're being told by the M2C intellectuals and the revisionist Church historians.

Spokane, Washington temple, July 19, 2019
In the last week, I visited three more temples I hadn't seen before: Spokane, Washington; Billings, Montana; and Bismark, North Dakota.

Each one featured the statue of Moroni. In fact, all but 8 of the temples around the world feature a statue of Moroni. In some cases, a Moroni statue was added during renovation of older temples, including the temples in Ogden, Provo, London, Bern, and Tokyo.

(When we visited the Tokyo temple some years ago, lightning had struck the statue and knocked the trumpet out of Moroni's hands.)

Every time we visit a temple, the Moroni statue is a reminder of the restoration of the Gospel. But it's also a reminder of what Moroni taught about the Book of Mormon itself.

Sadly, and inexcusably, our M2C intellectuals are teaching our youth that Moroni was wrong about important aspects of the restoration.

You can read a brief history of the Moroni statues here. The first temple to feature a statue of an angel identified as Moroni was the Salt Lake temple, dedicated in 1893.

Why a statue of Moroni?

One webpage that focuses on temples explained it this way: Because the angel Moroni had such a significant role in in restoring the everlasting gospel to be preached to all the world, we now place his statue atop the temples. He is shown as a herald of the Restoration to usher in the 2nd coming of Jesus Christ.

I like to think these statues are a re-affirmation of what Moroni taught, both in the Book of Mormon and directly to Joseph Smith and others.

Notice, too, that the statue of Moroni fits the description given by Oliver Cowdery and Joseph Smith. He had on a loose robe of most exquisite whiteness. It was a whiteness beyond anything earthly I had ever seen; nor do I believe that any earthly thing could be made to appear so exceedingly white and brilliant. His hands were naked, and his arms also, a little above the wrist; so, also, were his feet naked, as were his legs, a little above the ankles. His head and neck were also bare. JS-H 1:31.

The stature of this personage was a little above the common size of men in this age; his garment was perfectly white, and had the appearance of being without seam. Oliver Cowdery, Letter IV.

Mary Whitmer and the
Nephite messenger who
is definitely not Moroni
Moroni was not a portly old man with a long beard, less than six feet tall, the way David Whitmer and his mother Mary described the messenger who took the Harmony plates to Cumorah and brought the plates of Nephi to Fayette. According to Joseph Smith, that was one of the Nephites. According to Mary Whitmer, he called himself brother Nephi.

But according to Book of Mormon Central, the Saints book, and our other M2C intellectuals, the messenger was a shape-shifting Moroni. Book of Mormon Central commissioned this painting and actually titled it "Mary Whitmer and Moroni."

They teach that this old man was Moroni because they don't want people to know that the Hill Cumorah is in western New York.

They don't even want people to know that this messenger took the Harmony plates to Cumorah because they want people to believe the real Hill Cumorah that contains the repository of Nephite records is in southern Mexico.

To promote M2C, these intellectuals want people to disbelieve Oliver Cowdery, David Whitmer, Joseph Smith, and even Mary Whitmer.

As well as Moroni himself.

Today we'll compare some of the teachings of Moroni with the teachings of the M2C intellectuals and revisionist Church historians.

Think about this contrast every time you visit a temple.

LDS intellectuals
Ether 1:4 Therefore I do not write those things which transpired from the days of Adam until that time; but they are had upon the plates; and whoso findeth them, the same will have power that he may get the full account.
Moroni was wrong because Joseph didn’t use the plates; he didn’t need to find them to get the full account of the creation of the world, Adam, and other events.
Ether 3: 22 And behold, when ye shall come unto me, ye shall write them and shall seal them up, that no one can interpret them; for ye shall write them in a language that they cannot be read.
23 And behold, these two stones will I give unto thee, and ye shall seal them up also with the things which ye shall write.
24 For behold, the language which ye shall write I have confounded; wherefore I will cause in my own due time that these stones shall magnify to the eyes of men these things which ye shall write.
Moroni was wrong because Joseph didn’t use the plates or the two stones Moroni included with them. Instead, Joseph put a stone he found into a hat and read the words that appeared on the stone.
JS-H 1:35. [Moroni said] that there were two stones in silver bows—and these stones, fastened to a breastplate, constituted what is called the Urim and Thummim—deposited with the plates; and the possession and use of these stones were what constituted “seers” in ancient or former times; and that God had prepared them for the purpose of translating the book.
Joseph didn’t use the plates or the Urim and Thummim to translate the book. Instead, he put a stone he found into a hat and read the words that appeared on the stone.
“These were days never to be forgotten—to sit under the sound of a voice dictated by the inspiration of heaven, awakened the utmost gratitude of this bosom! Day after day I continued, uninterrupted, to write from his mouth, as he translated with the Urim and Thummim, or, as the Nephites would have said, ‘Interpreters,’ the history or record called ‘The Book of Mormon.’” JS-H footnote
Oliver Cowdery was wrong because Joseph didn’t use the plates or the Nephite interpreters (Urim and Thummim) to translate the book. Instead, he put a stone he found into a hat and read the words that appeared on the stone.
Ether 4:4 Behold, I have written upon these plates the very things which the brother of Jared saw; and there never were greater things made manifest than those which were made manifest unto the brother of Jared.
5 Wherefore the Lord hath commanded me to write them; and I have written them. And he commanded me that I should seal them up; and he also hath commanded that I should seal up the interpretation thereof; wherefore I have sealed up the interpreters, according to the commandment of the Lord.
Moroni was wrong because Joseph didn’t use the the interpreters Moroni sealed up with the plates. Instead, Joseph put a stone he found into a hat and read the words that appeared on the stone.
Ether 5:1 And now I, Moroni, have written the words which were commanded me, according to my memory; and I have told you the things which I have sealed up; therefore touch them not in order that ye may translate; for that thing is forbidden you, except by and by it shall be wisdom in God.
Moroni was wrong because Joseph didn’t even use the plates. He didn’t need to touch them because he merely had to put a stone in a hat and read the words that appeared on the stone.
He [Moroni] then proceeded and gave a general account of the promises made to the fathers, and also gave a history of the aborigenes of this country, and said they were literal descendants of Abraham.
Moroni was wrong because the Book of Mormon is a history of the Mayans in Central America, and because they are Asian, not literal descendants of Abraham.
He represented them as once being an enlightned and intelligent people, possessing a correct knowledge of the gospel, and the plan of restoration and redemption.
Moroni was wrong because the Mayans had no knowledge of the plan of restoration and redemption as taught by the Lord’s prophets.
He said this history was written and deposited not far from that place [Joseph’s home near Palmyra, NY], and that it was our brother’s privilege, if obedient to the commandments of the Lord, to obtain and translate the same by the means of the Urim and Thummim, which were deposited for that purpose with the record.
Moroni was wrong because the history was written in Mesoamerica.

Moroni was also wrong because Joseph did not use the Urim and Thummim to translate the history. Instead, he merely read words that appeared on a stone in a hat.
A part of the book was sealed, and was not to be opened yet. The sealed part, said he, contains the same revelation which was given to John upon the isles of Patmos, and when the people of the Lord are prepared, and found worthy, then it will be unfolded unto them.
Moroni was wrong because Joseph didn’t even use the plates, whether or not they were sealed or opened.
During the mission to the Lamanites, Oliver Cowdery explained that it was Moroni who named the hill in New York Cumorah.

"This Book, which contained these things, was hid in the earth by Moroni, in a hill called by him, Cumorah, which hill is now in the State of New York, near the village of Palmyra, in Ontario county."

Autobiography of Parley P. Pratt, p. 57, mentioned here: http://www.bookofmormoncentralamerica.com/2018/09/why-saints-censors-key-history.html
Moroni was wrong because the real Hill Cumorah is in Mexico, not New York.

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