LDS Church members are taught that the Book of Mormon (BOM) is scripture, as well as a true record of the inhabitants of the Americas from about 2200 BC to 420 AD.
Although it serves primarily as a religious text, it is to be interpreted literally as being an actual, historical record of the inhabitants of the ancient Americas.
That stimulated so many reactions that I believe I should revisit that subject before proceeding to the main subject of my talk tonight.
For the benefit of those who have not heard about this, and to refresh the recollection of those who have, I give this brief summary of my earlier message.
Wisdom is defined as the quality of knowing what is true or right and knowing what to do about it. That is totally inadequate because one spouses perception of half way will always be different than the others. For example, some persons write General Authorities asking when we will be returning to Missouri or how we should plan to build up the New Jerusalem.
Critics cite numerous problems with the text that indicate it is of more modern origin such as anachronisms, DNA evidence, lack of archaeological evidence, linguistic problems, etc.Paul advocated a special kind of wisdom when he told the Roman saints, I would have you wise unto that which is good (Romans ; emphasis added). Only by that approach can you be sure that your efforts will bridge the gap and bring you into harmony, hand-in-hand. There is enough difficulty in following the words of plainness, without reaching out for things we have not been given and probably cannot understand. The Savior taught that we should not use vain repetitions like the heathen, who think that they shall be heard for their much speaking (3 Nephi 13:7).That is wisdom in seeking and doing the will of God. that [our] eyes may be opened that [we] may see, and [our] ears opened that [we] may hear (D&C 1). He continued: This is the great day of preparation for each of you. My second subject of wisdom concerns looking beyond the mark. The Lord knows what things we need before we ask Him (see vs. To avoid vain repetitions we should limit our public prayers to the unique circumstances of that meeting and the people in it.For me…I wanted some evidence and it wasn’t enough for someone else to tell me it was true.The existence of the Book of Mormon had to be logical to me. When I started looking around, it seemed like there were people everywhere saying that the Book of Mormon was a fraud.I can still remember the exact spot I was sitting when I knew the Book of Mormon was true.I was in a beach chair on my balcony in Corona Del Mar, California waiting to go surfing., I shared the opinion of knowledgeable observers that dating has nearly disappeared from college campuses and among young adults generally.It has been replaced by something called “hanging out.” I defined hanging out and dating for the benefit of those who do not understand one or the other.From the introduction to the BOM: "It is a record of God's dealings with the ancient inhabitants of the Americas and contains the fullness of the everlasting gospel." Members are encouraged to focus on the spiritual value of the BOM instead of the historical aspects.published an article in the Church News section called 'Geography Problems' (p.