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.

Wednesday, August 31, 2022

SITH video update

Yesterday I described the latest SITH video as anonymous, but a reader informed me that it was created by Kevin Prince, who developed the Gospel Lessons youtube channel and the Gospel Learning App. That's all fine. People can believe (and advocate) whatever they want, and I'm sure Brother Prince is awesome.

But why would he omit what Joseph and Oliver taught so he can promote SITH?

It turns out, he's coordinating with Book of Mormon Central to release his app.


That explains why he's promoting SITH. 

Book of Mormon Central is spending millions of dollars to try to persuade the Latter-day Saints to accept SITH (as well as M2C). 

They have another big fundraiser coming up in September, which we'll discuss in coming posts.

To work with Book of Mormon Central, people have to accept (or at least promote) SITH and M2C, as we've seen in the work of their employees and affiliates.


Some people wonder why BOMC promotes SITH. If you ask them, they'll refer you to one of their "Kno-Why" articles about how Joseph couldn't have learned the Nephite language, how David Whitmer and Emma Smith described SITH (albeit not until decades after Joseph and Oliver had died), or how the book Mormonism Unvailed told the truth about SITH after all and Joseph and Oliver simply misled everyone when they said Joseph translated by means of the Urim and Thummim that came with the plates, or some other rationalization.

Bottom line, SITH rejects what Joseph and Oliver said about the translation.

Just as M2C does.  

It's much easier for people to reject what Joseph and Oliver said about the translation once people have already been persuaded to reject what they said about the Hill Cumorah in New York (i.e., the Mesoamerican/two-Cumorahs theory, or M2C).


After all, M2C is embedded in their logo, which was the old logo from the M2C-promoting FARMS organization.


Book of Mormon Central is the attractive public face (facade) of BMAF, the Book of Mormon Archaeological Foundation, which has promoted M2C for many years.

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