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, April 21, 2022

Why write about Cumorah?

I write about the New York Cumorah on this blog to remind independent-minded people (engaged learners) who often feel outnumbered that they're not alone. 

Independent-minded people seek truth. They want information to make informed decisions. They know, as President Nelson has taught, that good inspiration comes from good information.

They seek to corroborate, not repudiate, the teachings of the prophets. The Cumorah issue is fundamental to understanding not only Church history, but the context and implications of the Book of Mormon.


By contrast, neither the M2C citation cartel nor the critical citation cartel considers evidence that contradicts their parallel belief systems, both based on the premise that the prophets were wrong.

We all know there is no chance that our M2C and SITH scholars will change--or even open==their minds, no matter what information is available. The citation cartel (Book of Mormon Central, the Interpreter, FAIRLDS, Meridian Magazine, etc.) is too deeply invested to consider the possibility that the prophets were correct after all. After decades of trying to persuade the Latter-day Saints that the prophets were wrong about Cumorah and the translation of the Book of Mormon, they can hardly change course now.

They are the mirror image of the critical citation cartel (MormonStories, CES Letter, etc.) who are equally invested in their narrative that the prophets were wrong.


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