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  • beatrice Beaverton, OR
    May 6, 2011 2:54 p.m.

    Would a Mormon please share what you have learned from the BOM
    that you did not learn in the Bible?
    Many thanks....

  • Joy Steele mesa, AZ
    May 6, 2011 1:11 a.m.

    I'll try to explain it too. Gods beyond Gods - Gods meaning Heavenly Fathers. We all get to be parents in Heaven and that's the glory we're seeking. We all have only one Heavenly Father, likewise we all have only one earthly father. Although your earthy father is a differnt one than mine we have only one Heavenly Father. We were all His sperit children before we were sent from Heaven to be born with a body. All of Heavenly Father's children will get to go Heaven and have sperit children and create worlds for them, so they can be born with bodies. And life goes on. Other wise families are for ever.

  • Idaho Coug Meridian, Idaho
    May 5, 2011 4:24 p.m.

    Isn't there a strait yes or no answer to the question?

    LDS theology is often not clear cut. You find different leaders confirming or making statements that seem to displace or at least muddy past statements. On top of that it seems quite easy to classify past or uncomfortable teachings as opinion. Ongoing revelation combined with deference to the LIVING prophet combined with a huge emphasis today on public relations makes clarifying LDS doctrine something akin to nailing jello to the wall.

    Why do so many seem uncomfortable with the question?

    Because it is one of those things that make us seem very strange to many. LDS theology is already viewed as non-Christian at best and cultish at worst. We are a missionary oriented church and in order to reach the greatest number of people we need to present a message that resonates as much as possible. Becoming Gods with multiple wives in order to create and populate multiple worlds does not exactly fit the modern LDS message and image. At least outside of Colorado City.

    Other members, such as Bill, are very comfortable with this and probably bemoan the watering or dumbing down by modern Mormonism.

  • Jeff Temple City, CA
    May 5, 2011 4:13 p.m.

    What the "man becomes a god" doctrine has to do with this article (except as a distraction), I don't know. Since it has picked up steam, and I find myself and the leaders of my church being called "uncomfortable" or even "dishonest," I thought I would point out that the doctrine is found quite clearly in D&C 132:20. You may also find a large number of Biblical references by looking in the LDS topical guide under "Man, Potential to Become Like Heavenly Father."

    Rather than quote Lorenzo Snow or the King Follett Discourse, I think contemporary Latter-day Saints and their leaders are more comfortable directly with the scriptures. Personally, I find many non-LDS Christians are uncomfortasble with the doctrine in the language of the D&C, but they are very comfortable with Romans 8:16-17, or with CS Lewis's statement that God wants us to become like Him.

    There has been no denunciation, public or otherwise, of the LDS doctrine that we are the children of God, and that through the atonement of Christ we become the heirs of the Father--and that we inherit all He has and all He is.

  • JoeBlow Miami Area, Fl
    May 5, 2011 1:38 p.m.


    I am saying that "man can become god" concept is a tough one for LDS.

    Ask any LDS if they believe that a man can become a god and most will be uncomfortable. Many will deny that belief.

    As I am not a member, so I will pose the questions to those that are.

    Isn't there a strait yes or no answer to the question?
    Why do so many seem uncomfortable with the question?

  • Brahmabull sandy, ut
    May 5, 2011 9:29 a.m.

    @ Bill - to imply that I am misleading or dishonest is wrong. I am pro-truth, and that makes me misleading? Your way of thinking is completely off. Just because I can present the facts and acknowledge them doesn't make me misleading, it makes me honest. I am sorry you can't be honest with yourself.

    @joeblow - If you are admitting that Gordon B. Hinckley 'sidestepped' the question that means he is dishonest. If he didn't want to answer the question, he could have said 'no comment.' If he was purposely decieving the interviewer than he was lying. But according to Bill in Nebraska it doesn't matter now because Hinckley is deceased now and what deceased prophets have said in the past isn't doctrine, just opinion. Then Bill will go on to quote a scripture from over 1,000 years ago and calls it doctrine. Just crazy how peoples minds work.

  • sharrona layton, Ut
    May 4, 2011 7:54 a.m.

    Bill, You misread and misunderstand the lectures of Joseph Smith concerning the attributes of God.
    Lectures on Faith, Q. What is the Father? A. He is a personage of glory and of power. (5:2.). God[is]spirit(pneuma). (John 4:24 Greek N.T.)

    Brigham Young (JOD v 1 p 49-50): "The Lord fills the immensity of space. What saith the Psalmist[139:7-10]? Whither shall I go from thy spirit? or whither shall I flee from thy presence? If I ascend up into heaven, thou art there: if I make my bed in hell, behold, thou art there. If I take the wings of the morning, and dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea, shall thy hand lead me".
    Clearly Joseph Smith and Brigham Young changed their minds. Google Devine simplicity

  • JoeBlow Miami Area, Fl
    May 4, 2011 5:06 a.m.

    I really think you guys are arguing the wrong thing.

    As Bill suggests, the belief that man can become god certainly looks to be church doctrine.

    But, this is an uncomfortable concept for both LDS and Non-LDS.

    The LDS know that other Christians will beat them up on this point so it is best to down play it in public.

    I think Pres Hinkley found a way to sidestep the question as best he could to placate both sides.

    If I recall, he said "i don't know that we teach that".
    He DID not say " we do not believe that"

  • Jeff Temple City, CA
    May 3, 2011 8:36 p.m.

    To RTMESSENGER: I have been interested in your posts because we are "neighbors." There are many wonderful members of the Church in Arcadia, CA. Many of them would be willing to answer your questions and concerns if you visited them at the local congregations.

    I would like to respond to a few things you wrote:

    1. "The BOM is a fraud." This is what we frequently discuss on these threads. Though your statement attempts to be definitive, it's clear that it cannot be.

    2. "Actually it is an anti-Christian book..." This confuses me. Do you mean that it's against Christ? Nothing could be further from the truth.

    3. "There has been zero, repeat zero verifiable evidence of people from the Middle East migrating to the New World circa 600 BC." Read Thor Heyerdahl, a non-Mormon who gives good evidence of water-borne emigrants from the Middle East to the New World.

    4. "I know not of any credible Historian from either central or South America or the world for that matter that would go on a limb and believe or attest, the BOM is true History." Read Richard Bushman, for example.

  • Bill in Nebraska Maryville, MO
    May 3, 2011 7:23 p.m.

    To goldfever: If you actually studied it you would find that brahmabull is misleading and lying in stating doctrine has changed. Also, the doctrine never changed. As God is, man may become is correct doctrine. President Hinkley in his teachings that brahmabull states that the LDS Church doesn't teach is totally false. President Hinkley teaches that our Heavenly Father is an exhalted man, that he has a body of flesh and bones, just as tangible as ours. This is the same doctrine that Joseph Smith teaches and that all of the Presidents up to and including President Monson teaches. Just because words are missing doesn't mean the doctrine changes. Jesus Christ is not God the Father but the Son of the Living God, our Heavenly Father. The following still stands as far as Christ is concerned.

    "And now, after many testimonies which have been given of him, this is the testimony, last of all, which we give of him: That he lives! For we saw him, evon onthe right hand of God; and we heard the voice bearing record that he is the Only Begotten of the Father -- That by him, and through him..."

  • Northern Lights Louisville, KY
    May 3, 2011 5:06 p.m.


    I appreciate that you have shown your real intentions early on. I had hoped you were asking a sincere question and not just following the predictable formula typically used by anti-Mormons. There was always hope...

    I, too, have been studying the Church for about 20 years and am grateful that I have on the many copies of both the Bible and the Book of Mormon in my possession. Both have brought great joy and enrichment into my life. I wouldn't trade the knowledge I have for anything! I truly appreciate those throughout history who have made publication of both scriptures possible.

    I'm also sorry to have wasted time with my previous comment.

  • goldfever St. George, U
    May 3, 2011 4:10 p.m.

    @Bill in Nebraska I am sorry you cant face doctrine changing. Brahmabull makes great points and if you cant handle the truth I'm sorry.

  • atl134 Salt Lake City, UT
    May 3, 2011 3:02 p.m.

    "How small minded can one be to understand that a bunch of people from Israel, left for the Americas. "

    T'would seem like a curious starting point for one to end up in the Americas. Something more logical would be like the Vikings or maybe Zheng He (I think that's who I'm thinking of...) not the people about as far away as possible from the Americas.

  • NYMORMON Brooklyn, NY
    May 3, 2011 1:39 p.m.


    Messenger, first off your basing studies on DNA. Also, 30,000 years is not accurate because carbon dating is not as accurate as they represent. Also, many physics professors happen to be Christians, and at the same time state god does not measure time to way we do.

    There is great evidence to suggest that people from the middle east went outward as far as Europe, Alexander the great conquered several other areas well beyond and went as far as Asia. How small minded can one be to understand that a bunch of people from Israel, left for the Americas. Took them awhile and they were guided by supreme deity. Tell me, do you believe in god? If so, what evidence do you have that he is real? What this whole discourse comes to do, is faith. I know the bible is true, and i also know the book of Mormon is true.

  • sharrona layton, Ut
    May 3, 2011 11:12 a.m.

    As man is God once was and as God is, man may become is correct. said Bill in Nebraksa.
    But God is unchanging per BoM .For I know that God is not a partial God, neither a changeable being; but he is unchangeable form all eternity to all eternity. Moroni (8:18)
    In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God and the Word(Jesus)was God. And the Word was made flesh(incarnation)(John 1:1,14).
    God becomes man not man becomes God. Mormons want to be a god while Christians want to be with God.

    Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools, and changed the glory of the incorruptible God into an image made like to corruptible man

  • sharrona layton, Ut
    May 3, 2011 8:22 a.m.

    Bill in Nebraska believes, As man is God once was and as God is, man may become is correct. But God is unchanging per BoM .
    For I know that God is not a partial God, neither a changeable being; but he is unchangeable form all eternity to all eternity. Moroni (8:18)

    In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God and the Word(Jesus)was God. And the Word was made flesh(incarnation)(John 1:1,14).
    God becomes man not man becomes God. Mormons want to be a god while Christians want to be with God.

    Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools, and changed the glory of the incorruptible God into an image made like to corruptible man

  • Mormoncowboy Provo, Ut
    May 3, 2011 8:11 a.m.

    Of course Bill!

  • beatrice Beaverton, OR
    May 3, 2011 7:24 a.m.

    "If the Book of Mormon is true then apostles and prophets walk the earth; then there is life after death; then families can be eternal; then there is purpose and meaning in life; then there is reason for hope, and then Jesus really is the Christ."

    If the Book of Mormon is true....then Jesus really is the Christ.?
    The Bible makes this quite why would journalists cover
    the BOM as it apparently doesn't teach anything new?

  • nick humphrey kent, WA
    May 3, 2011 3:00 a.m.

    @idaho_coug i loved your comment thanks!

    "and that it teaches that Christ visited America."
    i wasnt aware that you guys had finally established the book of mormon geography? so awesome!

    "the fact that the Book of Mormon reached the milestone of 150 million copies printed. That is a milestone worth acknowledging"

    why is printing a lot of books a milestone worth acknowledging? it is at least a milestone for the lumber industry, but is quite diminished in the light of ballard's recent talk where he said that they would be dissolving 147 wards and creating 121 new ones (loss of 26 wards) in salt lake?

  • Northern Lights Louisville, KY
    May 2, 2011 8:47 p.m.


    If I could suggest... why not ask the Church? Wouldn't you rather the publishers of the very book this article is about defend their own position? In fact, I would recommend that approach for anyone with questions for any demonination or organization.

    There are authorized LDS Church representatives online where you can ask questions, and you can even find the Church in the phone book.

    While the DN message board can be a very colorful and interesting place to visit, the comments are, for the most part, personal opinion or interpretation.

    Anyway, that's my opinion.

  • Brahmabull sandy, ut
    May 2, 2011 7:50 p.m.

    Bill - I'm sorry you feel that I am misleading. I think that because you can't come up with a reason for Gordon B. Hinckley saying polygamy is "NOT DOCTRINAL" that you have to attack what I am saying. I am forthright and honest. I am an active member of the church, not an apostate as some think. Just because I stand for truth and honesty doesn't make me dishonest. I think our own church is dishonest when it edits its own history. That bothers me, and I think the church loses credibility for doing so. Just like when the church published it's 'history of the church' books it changed a couple of things pertaining to the word of wisdom. These changes, to me, are unnecessary.

    Joseph Smith admitted that he "Drank a glass of beer at Moessers". How nice of the church to delete that 1 phrase out when they printed their history of the church.

    also, Joseph Smith asked "Brother Markham" to go get a "pipe and some tobacco" for Willard Richards. That has been changed to "medicine" in the History of the church. Why edit your own history, it makes you look dishonest.

  • Bill in Nebraska Maryville, MO
    May 2, 2011 7:15 p.m.

    To Mormoncowboy: The words are removed not the teaching. In other words only thing mentioned is AS GOD IS,MAN MAY BECOME. The rest is basically taught that our Heavenly Father is an exhalted man just as we can become exhalted. SO the teachings really doesn't change. So nothing really has changed. Joseph Smith taught it, Lorenzo Snow taught it and President Gordon B Hinkley taught it. Just didn't use the same wording, but the teaching is the same.

  • skeptic Phoenix, AZ
    May 2, 2011 6:34 p.m.

    If one takes the time to study and consider that: organized religion is a non-profit corporation doing business as a church; and like other enities they are constantly re-packaging, designing new labels and updating their sales presentation to improve sales and expand markets, and politics and money are major tools they use. And so things are always changing.

  • Mormoncowboy Provo, Ut
    May 2, 2011 5:30 p.m.

    "Remember to be exhalted one must have been man at one time since we were created in HIS image. God the Father has a body of flesh and bones just as we have."

    Then why remove that from "The Teachings of Gordon B. Hinckley"?

  • Bill in Nebraska Maryville, MO
    May 2, 2011 4:38 p.m.

    To Brahmabull: Have you read President Hinkley book THE TEACHINGS OF PRESIDENT HINKLEY? If not then you will find that the he follows the teachings of Joseph Smith and Lorenzo Snow. The only difference is that the first part A MAN IS, GOD ONCE WAS is removed. Otherwise it is basically there. Now the question is since we believe God the Father is an exhalted being and that each of us has the ability as well to be exhalted what does that mean to you.

    On the basis of polygamy I will concede partially that the Church uses the word DOCTRINE pertaining to the practice of Polygamy but the doctrine is still there, not the practice. Basically what I said last week. Marriage between man and woman as doctrine has not changed.

    Your comments pertaining to Mormonism changing is false and misleading. What is taught is taught. Not only by President Hinkley but by President Monson today. Remember to be exhalted one must have been man at one time since we were created in HIS image. God the Father has a body of flesh and bones just as we have. This is clearly taught in the LDS Church.

  • John Pack Lambert of Michigan Ypsilanti, MI
    May 2, 2011 4:06 p.m.

    A good place to start may be whenever a Church member has a chance to talk to the media that htey discuss the Book of Mormon and maybe even quote from it in a limited and relevant way.

    I think the work of Grant Hardy and Teryl Givens among many others is helping. There is a growing scholarly engagement with the Book of Mormon.

    I at least am still under the condemnation for not reading and studying the Book of Mormon as I ought. We can not hope to quote and intellectually engage the Book of Mormon unless we regularly read and study it. If we want others to seriously engage the Book we have to read it and apply it and not just give vocal praise to it.

  • Weston Jurney West Jordan, UT
    May 2, 2011 2:14 p.m.

    I was watching one of those endlessly mimicked gritty crime dramas once, CSY or NBCBS, or SUV or some such title. The suspect du jour was a teenage boy who was controlling the minds of teenage girls and inciting them to commit the usual bloody atrocities. The intrepid investigators searched his bedroom, and lo and behold, found The Book of Mormon.

  • Brahmabull sandy, ut
    May 2, 2011 2:01 p.m.

    Bill in Nebraska - it seems as if you are wrong yet again. The church doesn't recognize this "man may become god" doctrine anymore and teach it as you claim. Here is what Hinckley said about it.

    Question by time: about that, God the Father was once a man as we were. This is something that Christian writers are always addressing. Is this the teaching of the church today, that God the Father was once a man like we are?

    Answer by Gordon B. Hinckley: I don't know that we teach it. I don't know that we emphasize it. I haven't heard it discussed for a long time in public discourse. I don't know. I don't know all the circumstances under which that statement was made. I understand the philosophical background behind it. But I don't know a lot about it and I don't know that others know a lot about it.

    He clearly states he hasn't heard it taught in a long time and isn't sure, so the church doesn't teach it. I forgot that it doesn't matter because he is deceased now. Right....

  • Idaho Coug Meridian, Idaho
    May 2, 2011 1:55 p.m.

    Mormoncowboy - way to jump right to the 20 oz. sirloin steak before even a small glass of milk ;)

  • Mormoncowboy Provo, Ut
    May 2, 2011 1:42 p.m.

    Last sentence should read:

    So we also glorify Gods God!

    The point is, God progresses by expanding the borders of his Kingdom through "bringing to pass the immortality and Eternal life of man". This is an ongoing and exponential process, or so the discourses suggest. In theory were I, or you, or anyone else, to become an exalted being according to the Mormon plan of salvation, we would begin to do the works of God, our Father. In other words, we would create worlds and people them with hopeful candidates for Godhood, thereby effecting the increase of our own glory as a downline "seemingly" tapped into a singular downline of infinite deities - and this lasting into the Eternities. To couch against the abrasiveness of this doctrine against mainstream Christian sensibilities, many members will respond by saying - "yeah, but we will never exceed "our" Gods stature and divinty, so he will always be our God". They say this while ignoring Joseph Smith's comments that all such things are "one Eternal round", and the implication that THEREFORE, God's God will always exceed him in stature and mabey we do actually worship a plurality of Gods...infinitely??

  • Mormoncowboy Provo, Ut
    May 2, 2011 1:31 p.m.

    I'll take a stab at NoMad's question, and respond to Bill in Nebraska also. You have already noted, Idaho Coug's response was fair and accurate. The fact is, the little couplet everyone is throwing around "as man is..." was contrived by Lorenzo Snow, the fifth Prophet in Mormon history. You have additionally cited Joseph Smiths remarks given at a funeral, and popularly referred to as The King Follet Discourse. So the question is, what do Mormons believe? That depends on perspective, and as Bill points out - perspectives vary. Church leaders all the way down to Joseph Smith did in fact teach this doctrine, while Gordon B. Hinckley has denied it. Bill mentions that while Mormons do believe in a plurality of deities, we are only beholden the God of the Old Testament and Jesus Christ. He would do well to study McConkies, J. Fielding Smith, Brigham Y, and Joseph Smiths teachings on Eternal Progression via "continuation of the seeds". In short God is all knowing and all powerful, so he only progresses by being glorified through the expansion of his Kingdom. This is a downline expansion, so implicitly we also Glorify God. You decide what that means.

  • NYMORMON Brooklyn, NY
    May 2, 2011 1:18 p.m.

    NoMad, Thank you for your dignified questions and honest inquiry. I won't lie to myself, because I am converted person, who also has bipolar disorder. And sometimes, my actions are not Saint like. Many of us strive to become exalted, and many of us don't. But we all strive to be Christ like. Other churches view Jesus Christ as god. We view him as a part of the god head. Our father sent him down to suffer for remission of sin. We also believe that baptism and faith alone are not enough, but works are as just as important.Born Again Christian views, are often one sided, and often can be considered extremes. There are no absolutes accept we will be judged. God has what is called the book of life. Its a record of our works here.Why would Christ come down as god and then say, father it's finished. He payed for our salvation with suffering that none 0f us could imagine. Born again movement says baptism is not needed, but faith alone.

  • NoMad Grantsville, UT
    May 2, 2011 12:48 p.m.

    To Idaho Coug,

    As of today you were the most upfront person to answerer any type of question from me. Either in person or via Blog. I commend you for your acts. As "New Yorker" thank you for giving me information which I am reading now.

  • New Yorker Pleasant Grove, UT
    May 2, 2011 12:47 p.m.

    To Nomad,
    It might be a good feature of this forum if we could turn on and off messaging with the forum as a moderator. We'd have to be able to specify user names we would accept messages from. That's not going to happen in the near future, so I don't know how to bridge the gap. Try that search I suggested and best wishes to you!

  • Idaho Coug Meridian, Idaho
    May 2, 2011 12:40 p.m.

    NoMad - you will find a lot of different responses within the church to the "difficult" questions like the one you posed.

    Some will truly not know the answer as the typical lifelong LDS member's education does not always include these types of issues. Some will readily admit and embrace them - it is one of the reasons I respect Bill in Nebraska. Some will know about them but want to deemphasize them. Even our former prophet said "I don't know that we teach this" when asked the same question you did. And some, like me, know it was taught but are comfortable defining some things as opinion rather than revelation/doctrine.

    The LDS church certainly believes some things that you will not find in mainstream christianity or that may conflict with mainstream christianity. But LDS believe in ongoing revelation. If you can't accept ongoing revelation then the church may not be for you. There are plenty of christian churches who believe revelation stopped with the final page of the Bible. Mormonism is certainly more dynamic, controversial and exciting than the idea that all truth ceased coming to earth a couple of thousand years ago.

  • NoMad Grantsville, UT
    May 2, 2011 12:32 p.m.

    To New Yorker,

    I am asking these questions because I have just moved here. The 1st week that I moved into my home two men asked me what religion I was which struck me as odd. Now I see that Mr Romney is in the news and read that he was a follower of LDS.

  • New Yorker Pleasant Grove, UT
    May 2, 2011 12:23 p.m.

    To Nomad,

    I'm surprised your comment actually got to the board because it is off-topic, but I don't think you should be banned unless you are deliberately "baiting" on this forum. There is no way to tell here whether you and Brahamabull are actually the same person.

    If you're real, please don't take Brahamabull to be an authoritative responder. His answer should also not have been posted here by my opinion. I suggest you look for another forum on a different site to get your sincere answers. You'll find those both for and against the LDS Church, but if you're sincere about understanding LDS beliefs you'll want to at least get an authoritative L.D.S. answer. You could try search for "fair lds apologetics" to get some answers to your good question.

  • NoMad Grantsville, UT
    May 2, 2011 12:18 p.m.

    Brahmabull, I would like to thank you for your response. So with mornonism they are looking to become a god? That would go against all of Born Again Christian views.

    So bottom line in Mormonism is a denial of the deity of Jesus Christ.

    In Revelation 1:8, Jesus Christ proclaims that He is Almighty God!

    So Mormons use the Bible, but it is NOT their final authority as it is for the Christian. Their authority lies in the writings of Joseph Smith and their Doctrine and Covenants statement?

  • Bill in Nebraska Maryville, MO
    May 2, 2011 12:17 p.m.

    Nomad: The correct answer and is still taught in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints is that each of has the ability to become like God. As man is God once was and as God is, man may become is correct in all that it says.

    We are all heirs to the Kingdom of God, just as Christ is heir to the Fathers Kingdom. The only God we worship, is our Heavenly Father and only him. Jesus Christ and the Holy Ghost make up the rest of the God Head which has one purpose and only one purpose and that is, "For this is my work and my glory to bring to pass the immortality and eternal life of man." As spirit children we each took upon us the covenant that we would come to this earth and be tested. We would gain knowledge of Good and Evil. Such as the bible teaches that we became as the Gods knowing good and evil when our first parents partook of the forbidden fruit in the Garden of Eden. Today there are living prophets living on the earth that lead the affairs of Christ Church on the earth.

  • Brahmabull sandy, ut
    May 2, 2011 11:58 a.m.

    Nomad - I can answer that question, even though you didn't ask me. Traditional mormonism taught that "man is as god once was, and is god is man may become." In other words, the god of this world is not the same god that has been over all of eternity. There are gods plural. Man may become a god if he does right, and therefore, would have his own worlds. So the god we worship was once a mortal man. This was taught - as you referenced - by Joseph Smith and other early apostles and prophets. That doctrine has now become almost ignored, and I doubt you will find modern quotes reflecting this idea. The world of mormonism is changing.

  • Johnson72 Salt Lake City, UT
    May 2, 2011 11:48 a.m.

    6 Billion?... that's err right!

  • NoMad Grantsville, UT
    May 2, 2011 11:35 a.m.


    I may get banned from this site as this is my first post. As I am not part of or support the LDS.

    Could you tell me if this statement is true from your teachings? Which Mormon Missionaries Won't tell me

    "They will be reluctant to tell you that the God they worship was not always God."

    "We have imagined and supposed that God was God from all eternity. I will refute that idea, and take away the veil, so that you may see." (Teachings of the Prophet Joseph Smith, pg. 345)

  • Idaho Coug Meridian, Idaho
    May 2, 2011 11:03 a.m.

    "The stories of Kishkumen and his band of Lachoneus, Captain Moroni, the Ammonites and Cumorah have great relevance to modern issues of war, terror and peace. The stories challenge and warn. Their meanings could shape discourse. Yet, you cant find these characters and ideas, so rich and full in our Mormon lives, meriting any mention in the press."

    Lane, do we as LDS REALLY think the press or non-LDS world is going to look to the stories in the BofM for direction to pressing issues? Do we even think prominent LDS politicians are going to invoke the name of Kishkumen or Captain Moroni as they run for highest office or lead our nation? Say the name "Kishkumen" even once on record and Romney would be toast.

    I appreciate our unique LDS worldview. But we shouldn't be surprised that the rest of the world does not find that it fits into their's.

  • NYMORMON Brooklyn, NY
    May 2, 2011 11:01 a.m.

    People ask me questions about the book of Mormon constantly. People say to me, how is the book of Mormon real? I always respond that the bible is the story of people in the middle east, that is the ones that opted to stay there, versus the people that left the continent to come here to the Americas. Then they say, well is evidence available. I said, first of all the ancient Hebrews did not speak modern Hebrew, but a nearly extinct form of aramaic which is not used today. And the people that can speak it, are a very small group of academics. I also tell them, the book of Mormon compliments the old and new TESTAMENT of Jesus Christ. They always close their mouth, and pause for a few.

  • New Yorker Pleasant Grove, UT
    May 2, 2011 10:15 a.m.

    To "Hoping,"

    This should not be a forum for the immigration debate, or I would take the time to fully answer your claims. Nonetheless, putting "illegal" in front "immigration" is akin to putting "cult" after "L.D.S." One shouldn't yell fire in a crowded room.

    This is a forum about whether the media are reading the Book of Mormon. Immigration was just a an example to pique the attention of the media to what the book actually says.

  • Allen Salt Lake valley, UT
    May 2, 2011 10:00 a.m.

    When I was a missionary in the mid 1950s, my companion and I gave away a case of BoM every month. Each case held 30 copies. All of our missionary work at that time was door-to-door tracting, and if people wouldn't let us in, we would ask them if we could give them a copy of the Book of Mormon. I've wondered if any of those copies are still around.

  • hoping Holladay, UT
    May 2, 2011 9:52 a.m.

    Yes! Well written articles on this subject are hard to come by. The media is not interested in truth. The media is interested in sensationalism, in pleasing the "natural man."
    As for the immigration issue, I wish everyone would call it by its correct name, "illegal immigration." We do not have an "immigration" problem. We are a nation of immigrants. My ancestors came to America legally, learned English, established themselves as upstanding citizens of "the promised land." They adopted what they called "the American culture."
    Please, let's call the problem by its real name, "ILLEGAL" immigration.

  • New Yorker Pleasant Grove, UT
    May 2, 2011 9:22 a.m.

    Very true and well written. Here we are in Utah in the middle of an immigration debate and the media has not even looked to see what the Book of Mormon might say about it.

    For example, the Savior explains to the Nephites in 3 Nephi 21:22-24 that the land has been given by Him to the "remnant" (indigenous Americans) for their inheritance. These verses need to be read in the greater context of the full chapter, but the Savior says that the non-indigenous "gentiles" must repent. He says that if the the "gentiles" repent they can "numbered among" the remnant. The "gentiles," having repented, will then have the conditional privilege of "assisting [His] people, the remnant" to "build a city which shall be called the New Jerusalem." Of course, this is my interpretation, but the language seems pretty clear to me.

    There are many more passages throughout the Book of Mormon on this same subject. If the members of the media read and understood the Book of Mormon, they will be able to frame better questions for the upcoming public immigration debates in Utah.