Why I Believe the Book of Mormon to be the Word of God, pp. 4-5 “Now, once we become thoroughly convinced that the Book of Mormon is true, it will, as I have said solve any theological problem that may confront us. Do we want knowledge concerning God, His Son Jesus Christ, and the Holy Ghost? We can get it in the Book of Mormon. Would we know concerning the pre-existence of spirits – the fall of man and the atonement – the principles and ordinances of the Gospel of Christ – the state in which spirits of men live between the time of death and the resurrection – we can find it in the Book of Mormon.” — William A. Morton, 1918
2 Peter 3:2 “That ye may be mindful of the words which were spoken before by the holy prophets, and of the commandment of us the apostles of the Lord and Saviour.”
William Morton (1866-1930) was a member of the Quorum of the Seventies,. He served in that capacity, as well as being a missionary director for several years and obviously knew Mormonism quite well.
While it may seem we’re digging for memoires of long forgotten figures, their stories are a picture of why Mormonism is what it is today. They’ve passed down the lies from one generation to the next until Mormons of the 21st century are parroting the same thing this guy said 100 yrs ago.
To date, the BoM is still bereft of Mr. Morton’s claims. The BoM doesn’t talk about the pre-existence, nor does it mention that men can become gods, or polygamy for salvation. And those are just a few of the things missing from their premiere canon.
I can remember as a little girl searching for anything that’d link my beloved BoM to the Bible. Whenever I’d ask a teacher for help I was always told the same thing. You haven’t studied it enough, and don’t worry about those things right now.
It’s heartbreaking to think of those who are going through the same thing today I went through 45+ yrs ago. They’ll never find the link connecting the Bible to the BoM because the latter doesn’t carry the tenets of true Mormonism.
The BoM doesn’t solve theological problems, it creates them.
With Love in Christ;