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, June 28, 2023

The Times and Seasons in Nauvoo

Yesterday we were in Nauvoo. I attended the commemoration ceremony at the graves of Joseph, Hyrum and Emma. It was a wonderful event with lots of period music and other presentations.

While there, I spent some time with Paul DeBarthe, an archaeologist who is part of the team at idignauvoo.


Paul has done some awesome work on Nauvoo. We visited several sites, including the Times and Seasons site at the corner of Bain and Water streets. He explained the latest findings that I don't have time to write about here, but I'll discuss in upcoming podcasts and presentations.

Here's a photo showing some of the discoveries from the latest dig:

This visit to Nauvoo reminded me of previous visits, as well as the Benjamin Winchester saga I wrote about many years ago. 


Some of the M2Cers are still going around telling people that Joseph Smith wrote the anonymous 1842 Times and Seasons articles that claimed ruins in Central America were left by Nephites. Hard to imagine that anyone still believes that, but people can believe whatever they want.

Of course, none of those articles repudiated the New York Cumorah. Letter VII was published in the Times and Seasons in 1841, and in D&C 128:20 Joseph explained that Moroni identified the hill as Cumorah before he even got the plates, but our M2Cers nevertheless reject the teachings of the prophets about Cumorah.

And that's fine--so long as they are clear about what they believe and teach!


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