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Book of Mormon Foundation (BOMF) https://www.bomf.org/ started from the apostate The Reorganized Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (RLDS) now calling itself The Community of Christ (CofC) with the “Restoration Branches” which split off of CofC.
On its site is the Queztal Codex: https://www.bomf.org/quetzal-codex.html , with sporadic publications (sporadic as in dates of publication). Notice the bottom two links to short articles mentioning “Mesoamerica” and complaining about the “Heartland Model” and “Rod Meldrum.”
In the one page article “Book of Mormon Geography Remains a Hot Topic,” Louise Edward Hills is mentioned as the FIRST to place the setting solely in Mesoamerica, quoting John L. Sorenson :
Hills is mentioned in more of these Queztal Codex articles.
Here is Louise Edward Hills book for your perusal: https://babel.hathitrust.org/cgi/pt?id=wu.89058377359;view=1up;seq=5
Here is Oliver Cowdery writing in Letter VII that the final battles of the Jaredites and Nephites occurred at the Hill Cumorah in New York:
Ha ha ha!
Book of Mormon Central, The Interpreter Foundation, BMAF, and the now defunct F.A.R.M.S. etc. all started by LDS Members, plagiarized a FRAUD of a geography theory from the RLDS Church. And gullible members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, bought it.
That’s why images like this with Maya imagery exist in Church buildings, and sadly in Temples. Inspired by a fraud.
Visit JosephSmithPapers.org and in the search box enter “Cumorah”.
It will return 16 results for “Cumorah” and the 16 links to articles from Church History.
But none of the 16 results will include the two instances Cumorah is mentioned in Letter VII.
These two links, two pages next to each other:
Oliver Cowdery wrote in the first: “on the fact, that here, between these hills, the entire power and national strength of both the Jaredites and Nephites were destroyed. By turning to the 529th and 530thpages of the book of Mormonyou will read Mormon’s account of the last great struggle of his people, as they were encamped round this hill Cumorah.”
In the second he wrote: “He, however, by divine appointment, abridged from those records, in his own style and language, a short account of the more important and prominent items, from the days of Lehi to his own time, after which he deposited, as he says, on the 529th page, all the records in this same hill, Cumorah and after gave his small record to his son Moroni, who, as appears from the same, finished, after witnessing the extinction of his people as a nation.
Why are these two pages left out of the search result, you may wonder? Why are they hidden?
These two statements directly conflict with the Mesoamerica Geography Theory for The Book of Mormon which originated with RLDS Scholars and is now being promoted today by Scholars who are members of the LDS Church or The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. This Mesoamerica theory claims there are two Hills of Cumorah, the original one being in Central America where the final battles took place and where the Prophet Mormon buried the many records.
Now you know why the two statements above by Oliver Cowdery conflict with this plagiarized Two-Hill Cumorah Mesoamerica Geography Theory.
So what influence is JosephSmithPapers receiving which would leave out these two search results? A computer error in the search is unlikely. Search features have long been available in many software products, such as MS Excel, Word, and so forth.
Notice the influence by BookofMormonCentral (BMC) on JosephSmithPapers. BMC promotes the Mesoamerica Geography theory. BMC recently published what they call a “KnoWhy” stating we should disbelieve Oliver Cowdrey in Letter VII. It’s FAKE NEWS so I won’t link to it.
(It should be called a KnowLie.)
But I will link to Jack Welch’s bio at BMC.
Jack Welch the founder of FARMS and recently in 2015 the founder of BMC. Notice Jack Welch’s influence over JosephSmithPapers:
2007 - Present Consulting Editor, Joseph Smith Papers Project
2015 - Co-Founded Book of Mormon Central
Now you know one the main sources of this FAKE Mesoamerica Two-Hill Cumorah Geography Theory and its influence on Church History.
For reasons I do not like to relate, the shrubs, trees and plants around my parent's home were neglected for about 6 years.
Rhododendron bushes grew up past the windows. Hemlock and Spruce soared way above the roof -- of an already rather tall house. Holly grew into an unruly mass without shape extending many feet from its original limits.
And then there were volunteer trees -- some of them quite large now -- growing in places where their roots would damage things and where they were not wanted.
The Hemlocks needed to be topped so that the vast majority of those trees are gone. They will have to be shaped like Banzai trees now. Holly was tamed, Rhododendrons unfortunately lost their flowering tips but now look like a plant someone cares about.
I felt bad topping the Hemlocks, even though it needed doing, but the utter cutting of the volunteer trees at ground level -- beautiful, strong, young trees, surviving when others had died and putting forth many beautiful branches for birds to dance and nest in -- were cut down and destroyed. I did not like that feeling even though it was really the right thing to do for my Mom and for the House.
As I did it, I remembered the talk by Hugh B Brown, which he gave in several different forms and titles. Here is one: http://margiesmessag...m/currantb.html. It is about God being the Gardner.
I thought about these trees that seemed to say "You wanted your home to be beautiful and shaded -- I am only doing what all the other trees around here are doing -- growing beautiful, bringing birds to sing and shading the home! I saw what you wanted and I did not wait for you to plant me where I was wanted or needed but volunteered myself where I saw I was bet suited to grow in the way I want to grow. I am only doing what has been one in other gardens! Why have you cursed me and destroyed me when I am really doing your will?
Well, the answer is that the Tree was NOT doing what the other trees were doing and was in the wrong place steadying the wrong ark so to speak. But it thought so.
This led me to two final thoughts. The first is that this whole idea, this parable, may seemingly give justification to the Calvinists. God raises up some trees and curses others -- all for his own good pleasure. To the tree, it seems capricious. But to God there is a plan.
(I think that this idea sort of distorts God and His Love for His Children, but I can see how it might be used)
The second thought though was different and I am curious to see comments.
We know that Jesus has said that Tares and Wheat together sown will grow together until some time of harvest, when the Wheat will be gathered in and the Tares burned in a hot fire.
Do the Tares think that they are wheat? Do they believe that they are helpful in the garden as perhaps the adversary claimed in the Garden before God? Do the trees that grow up and shove roots into the foundation to crack and destroy it -- do they think that they are doing right? Do they think that the Gardner is never coming -- that he delayeth is coming? Or do they anticipate his arrival even with possible eagerness? Do apostates and fellow travelers who want to direct or coerce the Prophets and Apostles to manage the Church the way that they prefer -- do they really think that they are doing God's work? Are they sort of secret atheists or agnostics, not believing in the divinity of the Church and thinking that the Church is a man-made and totally man-run organization that will bend to and twist and move in the winds of opposition?
That was my actual thought process as I cut the "innocent" trees down that were growing near my Mom's windows and foundations and I thought then, that I would post my thoughts to see how other people view this.
I don't expect definitive answers -- and I am not looking for fights -- but I am curious about how people see this sort of thing. I would think some Catholics would have interesting perspectives on this with regard to their Church and may sort of have an advanced view of how the LDS Church and its members will be in the future. So if there are Catholics reading this -- what are your views with regard to such things in your Church?
So.. what say you? What of the Tares?