Attendance: several thousand people.
Attendance: a few hundred people.
I would be happy to speak and participate at either or both conferences, but I was only invited to speak at the Firm Foundation.
Like FARMS, BOMC is anything but neutral in its approach to the Book of Mormon. It promotes M2C exclusively and refuses to allow side-by-side comparisons of different geographical and cultural models. It refuses to even acknowledge alternative perspectives (such as the teachings of the prophets about the New York Cumorah). Lately, it has "branched out" to allow consideration of BYU's fantasy map, which teaches students that the Book of Mormon is fiction.
I imagine most of us want to believe there are 28 different speakers in the Book of Mormon, so it should be a fine presentation. And at least this time, we know what database they are using.
This is the presentation in which Brother Welch discussed the timeline of the translation, but because Brother Welch promotes M2C, he censors the critical encounter between David Whitmer and the messenger taking the plates to the Hill Cumorah.
Brother Welch always does a fine presentation, with good detail and analysis of the facts. He is also the Editor-in-Chief of BYU Studies, AKA BYU M2C Studies. The home page links to a map of Mesoamerica as the only "plausible" setting for the Book of Mormon. The best one shows the "plausible" locations of the final battles in southern Mexico, with Cumorah as a mountain near the coast of the Gulf of Mexico: https://byustudies.byu.edu/charts/159-plausible-locations-final-battles.
Ironically, I'll also be discussing the translation of the Book of Mormon on April 7th, but at the FIRM conference. Unlike presenters at the M2C conference, I'll be supporting the teachings of the prophets about Cumorah.
|BYU fantasy map that teaches the prophets are wrong|
The reason: this fantasy map is based on the M2C interpretation of the text, but apparently the faculty aren't supposed to relate the Book of Mormon to any real-world location, so instead they teach the students by using a fantasy world.
The learned may feel the prophet is only inspired when he agrees with them, otherwise the prophet is just giving his opinion—speaking as a man...
As a prophet reveals the truth it divides the people. The honest in heart heed his words but the unrighteous either ignore the prophet or fight him....