Scranton Here We Come
Scranton here we come! After lunch we loaded the car and started the drive to Scranton, Pennsylvania, for my speaking engagement tomorrow.
Our day started with Stake Conference. President Clawson was released and President Woodworth called as a counselor. (Bill Woodworth had been serving as a bishop. His call came as no surprise to me.)
Elder Gregory A. Schwitzer was presiding over our conference and he gave a wonderful talk about the Book of Mormon. He shared some amazing insights. He pointed out things that Joseph Smith would have not known.
It’s sad that there are so many people who will not read the Book of Mormon because they erroneously believe it is a false book written by Joseph Smith in an effort to deceive people. Nothing could be further than the truth. Every time I read it I discover things I hadn’t noticed before. For example, it contains chiasmus that we didn’t know about until people analyzed the Book of Mormon with computers. An example Elder Schwitzer pointed out was that Nephi (son of Lehi) was depressed. As an M.D. he cited evidences that Nephi suffered from depression and Joseph Smith wasn’t educated enough when he translated the book that he could have made up a character with these symptoms.
After conference we drove to the Harmony, Pennsylvania, site. They have no re-routed the road, Joseph & Emma’s home is about done, as is the Hale home. The stake center is coming along and there are two new monuments just outside the stake center, and it is looking good.
Like the Fayette, NY, building, this building will host a visitors’ center where visitors can start the tour of the site. This has been a long time coming. Once completed (estimating late summer) it will be a welcome place for tourist to visit and learn about the restoration of the priesthood, translation of the Book of Mormon, and the ordinance of baptism as restored by John the Baptist.
We arrived in Scranton around 6pm where we were met by a wonderful group of professional photographers. They treated us to dinner and then we retired for the evening.