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.

Thursday, December 10, 2020

Conference this Saturday, December 12, 2020

As I mentioned on this blog back in September, I'm shifting toward efforts to build Zion. My blog https://howtozion.blogspot.com/ has a weekly comment about Zion, but soon there will be much more going on there.

Some of you already know about this, but for those who don't, I'm speaking at a conference this coming Saturday. Info is here: https://4mevents.org/

My topic is how government can accommodate the establishment of Zion.  


An essential element of Zion is having all things common, as mentioned in Acts and 3 Nephi. Another is what Enoch described:

And the Lord called his people Zion, because they were of one heart and one mind, and dwelt in righteousness; and there was no poor among them.

(Moses 7:18)

Does "one heart and one mind" mean everything thinks and acts alike? 

Hopefully not. This looks more like a description of unity in purpose and desires and systems and goals, but also accommodating multiple operating hypotheses when we don't have all the information.

Getting back to the topic of this blog, this is why I keep hoping our intellectuals will drop their antagonism toward other faithful members who still believe what Joseph and Oliver taught about the translation of the plates, the New York Cumorah, and other issues. 

Hey scholars: you don't have to agree with us, but you ought to respect and accommodate faithful Church members who don't accept M2C or SITH. Specifically, Book of Mormon Central, FairMormon and the rest of the M2C citation cartel need to stop censoring alternatives.

Speaking of Joseph and Oliver, I've forgotten to mention that my latest book on the translation is available on Amazon, Deseret Book, Digitalegend, etc. I'll tell more about that next week.

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