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Mormon Monday: In defense of the book of mormon



From my Mormon Monday posts, it seems as if I get a 60-40 response from people. 60% are real meaningful heartfelt questions. The other 40% are people who are rather degrading and email me with questions that either don’t make sense, or contain anti-Mormon information. In defense of my religion, mainly the Book of Mormon, I wanted to write a post explaining just a few things that are merely my opinions. 

The main thing that has stuck out to me was something a friend mentioned in one of her blog posts. She said, “I found that a lot of my Mormon friends had very little knowledge of their beliefs. They knew the bare bones of the church, yet had this amazing faith.” I’ve also had a few comments that even go to the extent of, “Why are you so gullible and not looking into it further? There is PROOF that your religion isn’t real.” When I end up asking how there is proof, they go off about American History, horses, steel, and all these other crazy phenomenon’s that simply don’t make sense. There are only a couple of things I can really say.

When people say that American history doesn’t line up with our church, they are having faith in textbooks rather than God. The church has NEVER been proven false. Hence, why it still stands and continues to be the fastest growing church on earth.

You can never prove it. You can also not prove it false. This drove me crazy, because people would always say, “Where is your proof?” Well, faith is a cornerstone in our religion. Without faith, you have nothing to go off of. I remember in high school, there was a short period of time where I didn’t even believe in God. After praying to Him, praying and hoping He was there, I knew He was. And through my experiences and trials, my faith grew.

You won’t understand everything. If we knew everything, what would be the point of faith or religion? Heck, what would be the point of being here? There are questions. And there are things that we don’t understand. But if we simply soften our heart, and let God reveal to us whether this is the true church, He will. If you’re letting random facts tell you that this church isn’t true, reading completely ridiculous things online that don’t make sense, you will get nowhere. Just start from square 1. Read the Book of Mormon. Have a soft heart and desire to know that this is the true church. And you
will get your answer. This is my favorite Conference Talk to ever be given. I thought it was really suitable. My favorite part? The part where he says, "For 179 years, this book has been examined and attacked, denied and deconstructed, targeted and torn apart, like perhaps no other book in modern religious history, perhaps like no other book in any religious history, and still it stands. Failed theories about its origins have been born, parroted, and died, from Ethan Smith to Solomon Spalding to deranged paranoid to cunning genius. None of these frankly pathetic answers for this book has ever withstood examination because there is no other answer than the one Joseph gave as its young unlearned translator." 



"If anyone is foolish enough or misled enough to reject 531 pages of a heretofore unknown text teeming with literacy and Semitic complexity without honestly attempting to account for the origin of those pages - especially without accounting for their powerful witness of Jesus Christ and the profound spiritual impact that witness has had on what is now tens of millions of readers - if that's the case, then such a person, elect or otherwise, has been deceived; and if he or she leave this Church, it must be done by crawling over or under or around the Book of Mormon to make that exit."


Do you have any questions about the Mormon church? If so, email me at we(n)serendipity(at)gmail.com and your question could be answered on future Mormon Monday posts!

15 comments

  1. This post is perfection!!! And this comment is lame... but I honestly can't say anything more about it other than I love it and think it is great! And you are great!

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  2. I love this! You are a perfect example of faith. Thanks for being so strong in what you believe in! You are an example to all of us!

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  3. okay honestly like I couldn't put in into better words myself. I love how you are trying to get the true knowledge about our church out there. It is funny how people think we are so gullible believing something that is "fake". But how can something to is so fake, bring millions of people so much true and everlasting joy? If people search for the negative in things, without a doubt that they are going to find it. Everyone in our church is imperfect, heck even Joseph Smith was imperfect. But this gospel, it is perfect in every aspect because it is straight from our Heavenly Father. We are just a bunch of imperfect people here down on Earth trying to learn from this Gospel about how to bring joy into our lives and get back to our Heavenly father.

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  4. chills everywhere! very powerful Amanda!
    xoxo

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  5. I hate when people say those kind of things to me. It's true, I'm not super knowledgable, but I know enough. And I KNOW the Book of Mormon is true. I don't know how it couldn't be. Beautiful post <3

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  6. Thank you! I went to a high school with very few members, I was one of about 6 members in my graduating class, and only 2 of us were active. I hated people asking me how I knew, they made me feel dumb for saying "I just know because I have faith." They usually gave up asking after that, but the few that kept asking, and asked for proof, I would usually say "I am not sure of the answer to that question, but I know of 2 great guys that would love to help you with that."
    I have seen many people leave the church because other people questioned them, so they questioned themselves. I was almost one of those people, but prayer and reading the Book of Mormon pushed away any doubts in my mind. I wouldn't be where I am now without it.

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  7. Thank you! I went to a high school with very few members, I was one of about 6 members in my graduating class, and only 2 of us were active. I hated people asking me how I knew, they made me feel dumb for saying "I just know because I have faith." They usually gave up asking after that, but the few that kept asking, and asked for proof, I would usually say "I am not sure of the answer to that question, but I know of 2 great guys that would love to help you with that."
    I have seen many people leave the church because other people questioned them, so they questioned themselves. I was almost one of those people, but prayer and reading the Book of Mormon pushed away any doubts in my mind. I wouldn't be where I am now without it.

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  8. This is such a powerful message! Thank you for your testimony!

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  9. Amanda, You are truly amazing. I honestly don't know if I could handle this near as well as you do! I love hearing your testimony through these posts every week. Sometimes it is the hardest to explain to people how we can know without having tangible proof that Heavenly Father, Jesus Christ, and the Holy Ghost is real. It is really hard to explain that the feeling that we feel is the spirit telling us that we are on the right path, and doing the right thing. I love the way you approach things. I am sorry that you have received emails that are sometimes a downer, but keep your head high. You started this, on your own blog, for the people who want to learn or are interested in the church. They are your opinions, experiences, and findings. You do not need to be ridiculed for your beliefs and I look up to you for the way that you handle this. Love your girlie. Keep it up!

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  10. such a lovely post about the gospel! Your testimony is amazing!

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  11. You are just the best. Love the Mormon Monday posts! You're an inspiration girl! Love you lots!

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  12. This is SO frustrating to me. If you wanted to, you can "disprove" ANY RELIGION. ANY. ONE. OF. THEM. And if anything I think our religion helped to DEFINE history. (ask me about the nephites and lamanites one day, I have a good theory!) Peope hate what they don't understand. They get caught up in the rumor mill and what people spread as "facts". But the truth is, we have a BEAUTIFUL service oriented church. We spread love around like peanut butter. Who were the first to help in Hurricane Sandy? Hurricane Katrina? Really any natural disaster? How much does our church give to charities? Our church isn't evil, the people in it are imperfect and the people do evil things. But that can be found in ANY religion. If people would just take the time to see what our religion is, know everything, and be in testimony meeting when a mother who lost her daughter three days previous says how lucky she is, then they would change. But no, the believe what is easy, and what is false. Shame on them for quick assumptions and judgement. I pay no mind ot those who only seek to judge and not seek to know. For in the end, their judgment will condemn them and if I do all I am supposed to, I will rise above it and be with our Heavenly Father. SO in the end, our church will prevail. As it always has, and as it always will.

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  13. BTW Holland is a freaking genius and awesome person. 2nd favorite speaker to Uchtdorf. LOVE HIM.

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  14. Keep up the great work Amanda! Love this!

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  15. I love this. I had all of my family leave the church. One of the things that helped me strengthen my testimony recently is the talk by President Uchtdorf and the part where he said "Doubt your doubts, before you doubt your faith." I feel like people doubting the gospel is a touchy and often repeated subject recently, especially through out the church. Our church leaders wouldn't repeat themselves over and over again if it wasn't something that we all need to watch out for.

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