Ask no man

No More Contention is the pursuit of clarity, charity and understanding. Contention arises from the compulsion to have others agree with us. Seeking understanding in an environment of clarity and charity produces no more contention. As Joseph Smith said, "I will ask no man to believe as I do."

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In a sense, contention is inevitable and unavoidable because every individual is unique, and no two people agree on everything.  Ideally, we...

The Keystone of our Religion

Wilford Woodruff summarized a day he spent with Joseph Smith (28 November 1841) by writing in his journal that "Joseph said the Book of Mormon was the most correct of any Book on earth & the keystone of our religion & a man would get nearer to God by abiding by its precepts than any other Book."

Whether this was a verbatim quotation or Woodruff's summary, the keystone framing has endured. President Ezra Taft Benson observed

A keystone is the central stone in an arch. It holds all the other stones in place, and if removed, the arch crumbles.

There are three ways in which the Book of Mormon is the keystone of our religion. It is the keystone in our witness of Christ. It is the keystone of our doctrine. It is the keystone of testimony.

(1986, October, Ezra Taft Benson, ‘The Book of Mormon—Keystone of Our Religion,’ Ensign, November 1986, ¶ 15–16)

For that reason, this blog focuses on issues related to the origin and setting of the Book of Mormon.

Issues regarding the ORIGIN of the Book of Mormon include Moroni's visit, the discovery of the plates, the handling of the plates, the translation of the plates, and what happened to the plates.

Issues regarding the SETTING of the Book of Mormon include the location of Cumorah, geographical and cultural passages in the text, and relating teachings of the prophets.

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