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Comment from Understand the Times:
 
It will be interesting to see the facts that are supposed to be soon exposed to prove that Mormonism and the history behind the story are true. UTT will be the first to admit that the Mormon faith is true when the facts are presented showing conclusively that Smith's stories were revelations from God.
 
So far, the best evidence that we have heard when speaking with a Mormon is that they say they have had "the burning in the bosom" when they asked if Mormonism was true. A dose of hot sauce or eating too late in the evening will do the same thing.
 
We need solid evidence. We need to know what sources Joe Smith used to fabricate his wild ideas. What connections did he have with the Masons? Why are Mormonism and Masonic beliefs so similar? Where are the golden plates that he said he used to transcribe the Book of Mormon? If Mormonism is truly the truth, why does the Book of Mormon contradict the Bible? Could this whole belief system be a plan of deception to dupe as many as possible?
 
For the past few weeks I've addressed the current limitations of New World archaeology and the na´ve claims of some critics regarding the relationship between the Book of Mormon and archaeological discoveries. I readily acknowledge (and have done so repeatedly in this series) that there is no overwhelming persuasive secular evidence that would convince non-believers that the Book of Mormon is true (I've shared some of my reasons why this is so in a past installment). I also readily acknowledge that, thus far, I have not addressed all of the archaeological "problems" that seem to conflict with the belief in a historic Book of Mormon. For those who want answers to all the questions, I can only say, "patience."

In the next installments, I plan to discuss some of the fascinating ways in which the Book of Mormon correctly converges with what we now know about the ancient cultures from which it claims to have been written and derived. In other words, I plan on discussing some of the evidences that support the ancient historicity of the Book of Mormon.

In past issues, I pointed out that Joseph Smith got the details right regarding ancient Arabia in a time when there was a lack of information or out-right misconceptions about the land through which the Lehites traveled. I showed that several Book of Mormon names were very much at home in the ancient Near East, and that Lehi's vision to flee Jerusalem (and the subsequent exodus) fit ancient patterns that were unknown to scholars in Joseph's day.

Several of my articles showed that the landscape - as described in the Book of Mormon - accurately depicts the geography and climate of the lands through which they would have traveled, and that contrary to descriptions of the Arabian Peninsula in Joseph's day, there really is an area on the Dhofar region that matches the Bountiful described in Lehi's journey.

I showed that the story of Nephi's bow, the construction of their ship, the Liahona, the slaying of Laban and Lehi's dream of the Tree of Life, all have fascinating ancient Old World parallels that closely match the descriptions and contexts given in Book of Mormon.

I noted the discovery of an actual place known as "NHM" - a striking parallel to the Book of Mormon "Nahom" - that fits the Nephite scripture like a glove in regards to location, era, resource as a burial spot, as well as it's juxtaposition to an eastward turn in the Lehite's journey which, in turn, lead to another amazing parallel to the location and description of Bountiful. As noted in the past few weeks, an inscription, text or icon of a place name is a coveted find for an archaeologist who is attempting to identify the designation of an ancient site. The discovery of "NHM" is nearly as close as it gets. While critics attempt to brush this find aside, it neatly fits the very type of discovery upon which archaeologists rely for toponym (place name) identification.

 
 
 
 

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