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Published: Thursday, May 31 2012 5:00 a.m. MDT

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Ben Jones
Bowie, MD

The first time I tried to read the Book of Mormon (in 1978) I was rather put off by it after about 5 pages, sure that Mark Twain's first impression was right too. I attended a Sacrament Meeting and was very impressed by the talk that was given but was afraid that if I hung around, I'd be sucked in for sure. So I told the missionaries, "Don't call me, I'll call you." Four years later, two years after marrying an inactive Mormon and adopting her three half grown children, one of my adopted children announced that she wanted to go back to the Church. My wife admitted she too wanted to go back. So I read A MARVELOUS WORK AND A WONDER, which explained what the Church was all about. Within a week I was ready to be baptized. Over the next several years, I found myself pleasantly surprised by how much my experiences in Church confirmed my decision to join. I was also surprised by how much I'd missed in those first 5 pages of the Book of Mormon. Since then I've served in the Tabernacle Choir and a bishopric.

Twin Lights
Louisville, KY

OnlytheCross,

No, sincerity is not a shield. As to the biblical standard, I have found my background in the bible stacks up well against my friends in various protestant denominations.

Yes, Paul warned of wolves among the sheep. And here folks are trying to persuade members of the church to abandon their faith.

Why the reference to popes? Catholics are Christians.

Most members I know have read the bible for themselves. Several times. It is a regular part of the Sunday School curriculum. I have read it multiple times (though I am not an expert).

DUPDaze

Perhaps not in your situation. In mine, I know a lot of converts. Nearly all of them came at it from a biblical background.

As to scriptural training remaining "in-house", I have seen that phenomenon in every denomination. Same with closed mindedness.

Regarding hermeneutics, this is fine to a degree. But it can also devolve into arguing about how many angels can dance on the head of a pin.

The gospel is the power to live our lives on the path of discipleship. It is not an academic exercise. If relatively uneducated fishermen could understand it, so can we.

Jeff
Temple City, CA

@ Searching: It has taken me several days to get back to your suggestion that, if a belief in God is required for Moroni's promise to work, and if someone does not recieve a response to sincere prayer, then it may be that there is no God.

You sort of beg the question. If there is a God, and if I pray to Him for an answer, my failure to get the answer I anticipate cannot cancel His existence. The expected answer or non-answer has nothing to do with His existence. I hope you can see, logically, that God's existence is an independent principle in this case.

But an answer to Moroni's promise is contingent on belief in God. One does not approach Moroni's promise hoping that the answer will give one a belief in God; one must already both believe and acknowledge God's goodness.

Some occasionally try to say that THIS approach begs the question (ie, if you believe already, then you're answering your own question), but that isn't so. The existence of God, and the validity of Moroni's promise are two separate questions and cannot beg each other.

Big Lunch
REDMOND, WA

So, I have you good elders and sisters telling me of the infallibility of your own witness, but I also have other good friends who tell me of their own unshakable witness. Only their witness directly contradicts yours. How does "just knowing" the Book of Mormon more legitimate than "just knowing" the Quoran is true? How do you knowyour conviction coming from Moroni's Promise is more authentic then a Jehova's witness conviction that his church is true?

-RJ-
South Jordan, UT

Is this article a joke, or for real?

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