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Did you know…?
Sometimes the information in the “result” you got from the search engine (Google) is nowhere near as close to what you are looking for, compared to another article on this site (it has to do with how search engines and websites work).
Use the “Find” function (often under “Edit” in your internet browser bar/ “frame”) to find the exact phrase or word you’re looking for on the page. Some of the articles can be quite long…
Now, enjoy the notes and the comments! You will find—as far as I know—absolutely unique (or close to it) commentary on the Book of Mormon in every post. Most of my posts will be in an article format, though there will be shorter ones, too. There are currently over 400 articles here…
I love digging in the Book of Mormon. I hope that this blog encourages you to do so, too.
I believe in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and am a member/ LDS/ Mormon.
Twenty years ago, I thought that there wasn’t much more to learn about the Book of Mormon—I had read it to exhaustion (so I thought).
Shortly after, I kept reading the Book of Mormon with new purpose—and what do you know, more insights came and came.
I used to absolutely love reading the Seminary/ Institute manual when I was young and getting what I could. I learned about FARMS, FAIR, and other websites that had lots of great information. I began to take my study of the Book of Mormon to new levels and heights.
I participated on a religious discussion board or so, but after many negative experiences, left. Nevertheless, my time there was really something, and that *really* helped my study and thinking skills, and desire to learn more. On one of my last threads there, a published religious writer who was previously believing-LDS, but is currently non-believing and non-LDS, asked me to put all my writings up on one site, or on a blog. (I had a blog in the past; Google locked me out of it, and it was in the netherworld for a long time…)
While he and I are different in some ways, we seemed to share a recognition that—contrary to popular belief, especially that of critics and anti-Mormons—the Book of Mormon is extremely complex and deep.
I believe it was way too complex and deep for Joseph Smith to have written it or even compiled it.
Yes, the Book of Mormon reads quite simply, and it seems simplistic. A beginner with little background can gain a lot and seem to understand a lot. Outside of the Isaiah parts, it doesn’t seem like there’s much to it. But—if you are open-minded—if that is your current state of thinking, you may expect to be amazed as I was.
Sometimes I am an extremist, so to say, and I finally know it. You don’t need to write me to say so. My views buck the current PC view of many things, including politics and history.
I already know that many of you aren’t like that, and might not ever be. That’s ok—I’m used to it; almost my entire family is that way, too. But there is hope for you… Lol ;) Much of that might have to do with certain conditions that I have, situations that I have been in and am still in, and life experiences–a recipe for uniqueness.
I also know that some of you might not be able to swallow, much less chew, some of these notes. That’s ok, too. (One of the funniest—as in “most interesting/ unbelievable”, not “humorous”—experiences I had on the discussion board was when I posted a link to one of my articles, and a long-time LDS member who said she had really seen it all on the boards by venturing into “enemy territory”, was a great stalwart defender, and holds a PhD in Psychology, was so shocked by what she read just in the title and first sentence or two of one article, that she actually went back to the thread, “warned” everyone not to read the article, and then proceeded to delete *every single one* of her comments from the thread. Yeah. But, you might have done the same, too. I might have, too.)
Chances are, you will skip some of the articles and notes after reading a sentence or opening paragraph. You *will* get emotional—very emotional—on a few of these posts. There’s a reason for it. Sure, what I wrote could be wrong. On the other hand, it could be right; in psychology, it’s called “snapping”: when you get your world quickly turned upside down; and worst of all, it seems logical. You will miss the full effect of the principles and notes because of all this, but you will still gain.
So here we are.
You, and I.
Wait…you’re still here??
I challenge you to *not* be amazed at this book.
Strap on your seatbelt, buckle your helmet.
Let’s get started…
*Comments? It’s pretty simple. If you have comments that add to the notes, I will gladly publish them. If you want to comment otherwise, don’t expect your comments to be published. Be warned, I greatly dislike hypocritical comments, and sometimes I drip with sarcasm…
*Avoid this following section unless you ever think I am a nutcase and unpatriotic and going to hell and all that (which is inevitable on a religious blog with weird articles) (–and I’m very sorry to write this for most of you who know how to comport yourselves and are great people, much better than I, and have yet ignored my warning to not read this part): “get lost, and get a life”. Yeah, I know, a “Mormon” might have just sinned. Ok, maybe I just will go to hell… (Now forgive me, or you’ll join me there.) Because, I don’t really care what you think. In fact, I already know you likely *don’t* think as much as you think you do. I have a decent understanding of what I think and why I think that way–which is something you likely don’t. Why do *you* believe the things you do? If you are familiar with the subject and think I’m way off on and can show me great evidence to the contrary, I am very willing to consider and change my ways. Hey, look at where I am right now in my beliefs–how do you think I got here? Someone presented evidence, and I changed. (Haha, sometimes it took a while…) I’ve lived life mainly on the outside anyway, and the longer I stay, the more reason I see to stay. Now, how willing are *you* to consider things and change if best?