Book of Mormon Notes– How deep can you dig?

2008, September 3

Inconsistent Stories in the Book of Mormon and Joseph Smith’s First Vision

Inconsistent Stories in the Book of Mormon and Joseph Smith’s First Vision

Much has been written about inconsistent stories in the Book of Mormon and the First Vision, and something recently put it into better perspective for me. 

I have recently been helping a student apply to college.  Doing so has involved helping translate a recommendation letter from her high school teacher; writing a “what can I offer” essay; ticking off somewhat generic boxes of “activities I’ve done”; and writing a 300-word autobiography, a goals essay, and leadership/ service essay. 

Wow!  You’d think, by it all, that these are all different people (though sometimes closely related) writing.  In addition, in one essay she even made the mistake of writing that she graduated in the top ten of her class, then in the top three of her class.

What makes this different than the inconsistent stories in the Book of Mormon and Joseph Smith’s First Vision accounts is that her audience is always the same in these writings, and there is ample time for both the author and me to double-check, make changes, and clarify–all in writing. Not that it will necessarily be perfect anyway…

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