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.

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Back in Utah - Make Cumorah Great Again

After nearly 3 weeks in France, Spain, Italy, Croatia, Bosnia, Montenegro and Greece, we're back in Utah. We learned a ton and I'll incorporate it in my blogs, books and videos going forward.

Making Cumorah Great Again in Dubrovnik, Croatia.
We ran into other LDS there, as we did everywhere
we went
We're going to be doing some fun things in the next few months. I'm hoping to see M2C retired, one way or another, by September 22, 2018. This will be the 190th anniversary of the time when Joseph got the plates back after having lost the 116 pages.

I think that's a pretty good symbol of reclaiming the Book of Mormon from the clutches of the M2C intellectuals.

Awesome sculpture in La Rochelle, France, my first
city on my mission many years ago. Speaking of art,
so far this year I have two gallery exhibitions scheduled
for my paintings (dates and locations to be announced soon).
It's also a good target date because it would mean that, starting this fall, BYU/CES would stop teaching LDS students that the prophets are wrong about the New York Cumorah.

Wouldn't it be wonderful if, by September 2018, the M2C intellectuals would at least embrace the teachings of the prophets about the New York Cumorah? Based on my experiences over the last 3 years, I doubt that's going to happen. Nevertheless, hope springs eternal.

On a personal level, I really like my fellow Saints who continue to teach M2C and I think they along with all the other Saints would experience tremendous joy at becoming united in following the prophets, finally.

My reluctant pessimism is because of sunk costs, as I explained on my consensus blog here:

Golfing with Italy's Stromboli in the background. Its last major
eruption was in 2013, but it's still active, as you can see.
We also went hiking on Mt. Etna in Sicily, where the
last major eruption was in 2015.
I also posted some info about Cumorah and the Joseph Smith papers on the Letter VII blog, here:

We're at an awesome point in world and Church history and I hope we LDS put an end to the nonsense about Mesoamerica/two-Cumorahs so we can get on with using the Book of Mormon in a powerful, persuasive way to bring the Gospel to the world.

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