We seek consensus about the Book of Mormon. Joseph F. Smith wrote, "If you have built for a man a better house than his own, and he is willing to accept yours and forsake his, then, and not till then, should you proceed to tear down the old structure. Rotten though it may be it will require some time for it to lose all its charms and fond memories of its former occupant. Therefore let him, not you, proceed to tear it away. Kindness and courtesy are the primal elements of gentility."
The prevalence of a spirit of contention amongst a people is a certain sign of deadness with respect to the things of religion. When men's spirits are hot with contention, they are cold to religion. - Jonathan Edwards
“The Book of Mormon does not supplant the Bible. It expands, extends, clarifies, and amplifies our knowledge of the Savior. Surely, this second witness should be cause for great rejoicing by all Christians.”
- Joseph B. Wirthlin
Monday, January 4, 2016
2016 year of consensus
With everyone in the Church focusing on the Book of Mormon as the course of study for Gospel Doctrine classes, this is the time for everyone to come together on Book of Mormon historicity issues, including geography.
With the publication this week of Moroni's America, I'm going to comment regularly on ways to reach consensus.
I'm optimistic that this will be a breakthrough year for everyone who loves the Book of Mormon.