Matthew 24:23-24; “Then if any man shall say unto you, Lo, here is Christ, or there; believe it not. 24 For there shall arise false Christs, and false prophets, and shall shew great signs and wonders; insomuch that, if it were possible, they shall deceive the very elect.”
In the ‘70’s members of the LDS Church were fed a steady diet of faith promoting idioms that were to be kept at the forefront of their memory banks. One of those promoted at that time was ‘lengthen your stride’, which meant ‘go on a mission’, and the other still alive and well in my personal memory bank: only Mormons were the ‘elect’ of God.
The idea was facilitated to boost a Mormon’s feelings of camaraderie amongst other Mormons, or so I was told. The downside? It served to instill a superiority complex. For many who leave the Church, the sudden reality of who they thought they were, and the Church’s history, is rather stark.
One of the startling realities is discovering all the unanswered prophecies proclaimed by none other than Joe Smith.
When Joe Smith and Oliver Cowdery finished translating their script in June 1829, the long list of messes they made would keep people busy for centuries to come. Case in point, us, and our subject matter today.
Did you know that Smith never did have a translation for the following five words in the BoM?
Neas Mosiah 9:9
Sheum Mosiah 9:9
Cumoms Ether 9:16-19
Cureloms Ether 9:16-19
He didn’t have an explanation for them back then, and there still isn’t one 188 years later. The following explanation is the only thing you’ll hear from the leadership of Mormondom. We find it incredibly sad for the Mormon people that their premiere canon has been downgraded to such a lowly status.
One would think that an ‘elect’ people would deserve better.
Ensign, “The Keystone of Our Religion,” January 2004; “It is important to know what the Book of Mormon is not. It is not primarily a history, although much of what it contains is historical. …The test for understanding this sacred book is preeminently spiritual. An obsession with secular knowledge rather than spiritual understanding will make its pages difficult to unlock.” – James Faust
In closing, with all the talk on the importance of Smith’s restoration movement, why is it obsessive by wanting to know more? Be sure to ask your Mormon friends/loved ones for their opinion on this!