The entire October 2011 edition of the Ensign magazine is dedicated to The Book of Mormon. One section toward the back of the magazine is titled: “Common Questions about the Book of Mormon.” My question about this article (and all the articles in general) is where are the tough questions? Where’s the beef? The questions discussed in the magazine article are:
- What is the Book of Mormon, and does it compare to the Bible?
- Who wrote the Book of Mormon?
- What happened to the original record–the golden plates?
- Who else saw the golden plates?
- Is there physical evidence that the Book of Mormon is true?
- I’m confused by Revelation 22:18-19, which tells us not to add anything to the word of G0d?
- I have heard that changes have been made to the Book of Mormon since it was first published. What was changed and why?
These are all light-weight questions. In today’s world, educated members and non-members are frequently asking more difficult questions. Where are the suggested answers to questions like:
- What does recent DNA evidence say about the origins of the Native American peoples? How does this relate to the groups in the Book of Mormon?
- Why was the sentence about Native American origins recently changed in the beginning of the Book of Mormon? Is this decision related to the “limited geography” theory?
- If only a few Native Americans are Lamanites, how doesn’t this effect the LDS Church’s relationship to Native Americans in general?
- Does the curse of Lamanites relate to skin color?
- Where do Mormon scholars believe the land of the Book of Mormon is located? Central America, North America, Ecuador, Malaysia
- Is it possible that parts of the Book of Mormon are metaphorical?
We, as members of the LDS Church, need to start coming to grips with the real issues that members and non-members are raising. And it needs to be happening at the leadership level, as well as with organizations like FAIR.