The M2C advocacy group, Book of Mormon Central (BMC), has a logo that depicts its mission. People don't understand why BMC would raise and spend millions of dollars to promote the Mesoamerican/two-Cumorahs (M2C) theory, while rejecting the teachings of the prophets about the New York Cumorah.There is a long history behind M2C. It originated with scholars from the RLDS Church in the late 1800s. I've discussed this history before, such as here.
Let's look at the BMC logo.
This logo originated with F.A.R.M.S, which was founded in 1979. F.A.R.M.S. taught M2C from its inception. BMC is essentially a rebranded F.A.R.M.S. (as the logo makes clear).
You can read about F.A.R.M.S. on wikipedia here:
In 1984 the F.A.R.M.S. newsletter titled Insights
explained why the logo incorporates a Mayan glyph. You can see from this description how F.A.R.M.S. embraced M2C as a given from the outset.
WHAT DOES THE F.A.R.M.S. LOGO STAND FOR? Many people have asked what the F.A.R.M.S. logo means. Here is a brief explanation. The logo is composed of characters from Hebrew, Creek, Mayan and Egyptian, which are four of the main ancient languages and cultures relevant to Book of Mormon reseach [sic].
The characters are set in four stone blocks, symbolizing archaeology and ancient reseach [sic].
The Blocks are fit together like a puzzle. The Hebrew "aleph" in the upper left hand corner and the Greek "omega" in the lower right hand corner are the first and last letters of the Hebrew and Greek alphabets, standing for the "first and the last" (Isaiah 48:12), or the "Alpha and the Omega" (Rev. 1:17), who is Jesus Christ.
The Mayan glyph is stylized, representing Mesoamerican studies.
The Egyptian "Wd3t-eye" is the "whole-eye of the Sun-god Re" which was an ancient symbol of resurrection, since a myth told how the eye was torn to pieces and put back together.
Book of Mormon Central (BMC) could be an awesome organization if it was intellectually honest enough to acknowledge that there are alternative faithful interpretations of the Book of Mormon that have nothing to do with Mesoamerica.
BMC looks too much like Methodism and not like Latter day Saintism.
Joseph Smith, Jr., once observed,
I never thought it was right to call up a man and try him because he erred in doctrine, it looks too much like methodism and not like Latter day Saintism. Methodists have creeds which a man must believe or be kicked out of their church. I want the liberty of believing as I please, it feels so good not to be tramelled.
BMC spends millions of dollars annually to promote M2C and indoctrinate Latter-day Saints to think that M2C is the only permissible interpretation of the Book of Mormon. Somewhere around 85% of their internet views/interactions are with Latter-day Saints, mostly through their M2C-approved Come Follow Me presentations.
Potential donors correctly wonder what's the point of giving money to an organization whose primary activities are
(i) asserting their academic credentials as authority to tell members of the Church what to think,
(ii) promoting M2C as the only possible setting for the Book of Mormon, and
(iii) supplanting individual Come Follow Me study and ward/branch Sunday School discussions by creating and presenting professional Come Follow Me videos.
As a subsidiary of Book of Mormon Archaeological Forum (BMAF), BMC continues to present its Mesoamerican/two-Cumorahs theory (M2C) as the only acceptable interpretation of the text. To anyone familiar with the history of BMAF this is no surprise.
BMAF is a long-time advocate of M2C, as we can all see in its logo and the content on its site.
BMC, of course, has retained the notorious FARMS logo that tells the world the Book of Mormon is a Mayan codex.
Whenever we see BMC, we should think BMC/BMAF. An honest logo would look like this:
Now, BMC/BMAF is extending its M2C dogma beyond the the context of the Book of Mormon. They are indoctrinating Seminary students, Latter-day Saints who speak other languages, and everyone who watches their Come Follow Me podcasts.