Pageant Banner Across Main Street (Grandin Building in background)
The Hill Cumorah Pageant starts back up tonight.
I spent the afternoon in the village. There was a guy there who was claiming to be a minster from down the road trying to tell members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints that they are wrong. It left me wondering…
What type of minister tries to tear down the beliefs of others?
He tried to twist my ear, but I finally told him I know my beliefs are valid and walked off. He kept harping that the bible says there is no more revelation.
I personally believe in a living God who reveals his words today just as he did in ancient times. He is not dead, and he did not die after John wrote Revelations 22:18.
Having read and studied the Book of Mormon, I can plainly state that anyone who refuses to read it because they think it is of the devil are deceiving themselves. They have placed themselves in a Catch-22. Their own belief keeps them from finding the truth, the truth they will never find unless they humble themselves, read it and pray and ask God if it is true.
Speaking of the Book of Mormon, as I was reading the other day I noticed something I had not noticed before. Having just written my first book, and having worked 18 months and produced 173 pages, I find it amazing that the translation work of the Book of Mormon was done in 65 working days (over about a 3 month period). In the first part of the Book of Mormon, you do not hear any commentary by Mormon or Moroni; much of the commentary is by Nephi. Commentaries then switch to Mormon later in the book. From a writer’s standpoint, I find this very supportive of its translation (versus having been written in those 65 days).
And, speaking of the Book of Mormon from a plot standpoint…
The placement of the Book of Ether is fascinating. It doesn’t appear when Limhi’s people first find the plates, even though Limhi asks Ammon regarding someone who can translate them. I think it would be giving Joseph Smith and those who assisted way too much credit to come up with such a complex plot as to place the Book of Ether where it is, and to have Moroni translate it. And, remember, Moroni translates the 24 Jaredite plates as a last resort because he hasn’t died yet. (Mormon Chapter 9 is a farewell by Moroni, yet he goes on to translate the Book of Ether, adds some administrative text, adds a letter from his father, Mormon, and then finally closes his writing. All along, you get the feeling that each chapter might be the last.) Thus, the Book of Ether is obviously something that couldn’t have been conjured up.
I could go on about other things too. Super long parenthetical statements that fit so nicely, yet would be difficult to track with modern word processing, let alone a quill pen. Chapters written as chiasmus – something not discovered until the 1970s. There are complex parallels, especially in the center of the book during the ministries of the Sons of Mosiah, Alma, and others.
I don’t regard any of this as proof of its truthfulness. That proof only comes through study and prayer and divine revelation. However, it does provide an understanding that the book is a masterpiece of complexity that exists nowhere else in literature as we know it.
On the way to the village, there were some kids selling lemonade. I had a nice chat with them and enjoyed a cold lemonade. They were raising money for the son’s hockey equipment and the other half was going to a charity. I was impressed with the young man’s understanding of self-sufficiency and self-reliance.
I also stopped by the E.B. Grandin Building (aka The Book of Mormon Publication Site). With the 90 degree heat, and 90 percent humidity, the air conditioning felt nice. One of the senior missionaries escorted us upstairs to where they had a huge jug of ice water. I sat there, rehydrating, and enjoyed a nice conversation with some of the missionaries.
Sister Smith and a Recreation of the Harmony Home
Senior Missionary Couple at Grandin Building
It looks like they started demolition on the burned section. However, it also looks like they may have stopped. There are asbestos warning signs all over, so I’m wondering if they had to stop so they could take care of asbestos abatement.
Demolition Starts… and Pauses