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On one of Book of Mormon Central’s (BMC) website it states:
“We hope our efforts help all of the religious organizations within the Restoration Movement who cherish the Book of Mormon.” https://bookofmormoncentral.org/content/donation-instructions [bold added]
What is the Restoration Movement and the religious organizations within it?
On the Hill Cumorah Expedition Team web site, it states:
“The Book of Mormon is many things to many people. To some, it is the main
purpose for the founding of a church in early 19th century America. To the
Restoration movement and all of the many factions, the Book of Mormon is the
scripture that distinguishes it from other Christian faiths.
https://www.hillcumorahexpeditionteam.com/WhatisBofMormon.html [bold added]
What is the Hill Cumorah Expedition Team?
“During the summer of 2001 several members of the Buckner Congregation of
the Community of Christ traveled to Mexico to visit ancient ruins. They were
excited to have Neil Steede as a guide and travel companion. Several sites
were visited including Palenque, Cacaxtla, Cuicuilco, Comalcalco, Cholula, and
Teotihuacan. While traveling the group took a detour and went to see Cerro
Rabon, a mountain near Jalapa de Diaz that many Book of Mormon
archaeologists have reason to believe is the Hill Cumorah where ancient
records are buried.”
Ah! This answers the question of the “religious organizations or the many factions within the Restoration Movement which cherish The Book of Mormon.”
They would include:
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS)
The Reorganized Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (RLDS)
The Community of Christ which is the new name for the RLDS Church (CofC)
Restoration Branches - RLDS congregations which broke off of the RLDS Church over women given the priesthood (now that sounds familiar!) , etc: https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Restoration_branches
Do you know of others?
(Now you know one of the reasons why Pres. Nelson has asked us to refer to the complete name of the Church.)
But why is Jack Welch co-founder of BMC wanting to help all of these religious organizations within the “Restoration Movement” which cherish The Book of Mormon?
Because Jack Welch and BMC is perpetuating a fraud, a Book of Mormon geography fraud.
This is why a CofC Congregation in Missouri has expeditions to Central America looking for the Hill Cumorah:
https://www.hillcumorahexpeditionteam.com/ or http://hceti.org/
Here is a book published by a member of the then RLDS Church, now CofC, Louise E. Hills, “New Light on American Archeology,” 1924, Independence, MO, Page 131.
This is a contrived, false, fraud and a hoax created by the RLDS Chruch of a Two-Cumorah Book of Mormon geography theory NOW BEING promoted by members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints who own and work for:
Book of Mormon Central
The Interpreter Foundation
..and others who promote the theory which places Book of Mormon geography strictly within Mesoamerica and ignore President Oliver Cowdery who wrote that it was a fact that the final Jaredite and Nephite battles occurred near the Hill Cumorah in New York. https://www.josephsmithpapers.org/paper-summary/history-1834-1836/90
Maybe you believe there are Two Hill Cumorahs, the original one in Central America somewhere. Why don’t you join this CofC Congregation which believes the same and help them discover the Hill Cumorah in Central America. As RLDS Louise E Hills wrote, Page 131:
1 am aware that Moroni wrote that he made his
synopsis of the Jaredite history "from the twenty and
four plates," but at what time he did this I do not know.
It may have been done before his father's death, to be
in preparation for the Lord's purpose that such
"account" of the Jaredites should be known in our time.
At least Oliver Cowdery's statement of the contents of
the box, namely, that it contained a "sketch" of the two
peoples seems to make it plain that Moroni did not place
the original Jaredite record in the New York hilL I
have no objection to that hill being also called Cumorah,
with the understanding that the ancient hill Cumorah
is still undiscovered, and that sometime its secrets will
be revealed and come to the knowledge of God's people.
Join the expedition! 😏😄😄
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.
In 1835 when the Quorum of 12 Apostles was organized, Oliver Cowdery gave a charge to all of the new apostles. The whole thing is a bit long but the paragraph I'm interested in reads.
Oliver, who of course was the 2nd Elder of the church, seems to be suggesting that the ordination of Apostle is incomplete until the Apostle sees God face to face and/or has the Savior lay hands upon the disciple's head. This would seem to build the expectation that all apostles since 1835, in following this original charge, have sought and likely received this personal, miraculous manifestation. This raises expectations about how prophets and apostles receive revelation.
If they had not seen God face to face or had Jesus lay hands on them, would that change the nature of their calling? I am not aware of a prophet or apostle since Joseph Smith who has claimed to see God face to face or have Christ lay hands on them. (I'd love to see sources to the contrary)
However, Hugh B. Brown, in his book An Abundant Life (p 126-127) stated he received a charge when he was called as an apostle and it seems to be different from Oliver's original charge regarding the high expectations for receiving personal revelation and even visitations. Brown states he was told in his more recent apostolic charge that he should...
Growing up I recall being taught and believing that the apostles and prophets had all seen God and therefore were special witnesses of Christ. The D&C states that they are "special witnesses of the name of Christ" which is the way the brethren seem to talk about it in today's world. I recall believing that Jesus directed His church through direct revelation to the brethren, similar to how Oliver set the expectation of spiritual witness and authority. The Hugh B Brown version seems to lower expectations dramatically as receiving revelation becomes more deliberative and democratic, where the majority of the Q15 declare what is or isn't revelation.
Does anyone have any thoughts about these two different types of Apostolic Charges given to modern apostles?
I'm a novice when it comes to Book of Mormon geography. I don't worry about it too much, at least not enough to study the various theories in detail. Still, with so many debates in recent years, I do have a question:
Do proponents of the two most popular geography models (heartland and Mesoamerica) take into account the cataclysmic geographic changes that took place when Christ was crucified? If much of the geography described in the text predates the events of 3rd Nephi, doesn't that make the debate moot?