Many people are receiving fund-raising emails from Book of Mormon Central.
Here's my advice.
Tell them you will donate as soon as they do at least these two things:
(1) give readers a full explanation of the North American setting (Moroni's America and the Heartland) as an alternative to their Mesomania; and
(2) explain clearly why they reject what Joseph Smith, Oliver Cowdery, and all their contemporaries and successors have taught about the Hill Cumorah being in New York.
Look at their logo and you'll see confirmation of their corporate mission "to increase understanding of the Book of Mormon as an ancient Mesoamerican codex."
I don't think this mission deserves one penny of support because, as Joseph Fielding Smith warned, it causes members of the Church to "become confused and greatly disturbed in their faith in the Book of Mormon." In my view, this mission undermines all the good that Book of Mormon Central otherwise does. It's a major impediment to missionary and reactivation work.
Unless and until Book of Mormon Central changes its editorial policy on Cumorah, we should continue to consider them Book of Mormon Central America because they are not representing all faithful Book of Mormon evidence, studies, or scholarship.
Here's what their email looks like, complete with the famous logo depicting Mayan culture along with Hebrew, Greek and Egyptian.
|Book of Mormon Central|
Book of Mormon Central has many exciting projects planned for the next year, and we need your help. Please consider a donation to Book of Mormon Central this season. The Book of Mormon is a cause worth supporting. Please share this email with family and friends. Scroll down for more information.
|John W. Welch|
|Kirk A. Magleby|
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