Psalm 119:89 “For ever, O Lord, Thy word is settled in heaven.”
Yesterday we looked at a random question someone had e-mailed us here at LAM. It reminded me of God’s omnipresence in the lives of believers. When we stop to think of it, the body of Christ is a living example that Jesus keeps His promise! Mt. 16:18.
As great as that news was, the e-mail I received last night is at the other end of the spectrum. The words of the gentleman who wrote in is heartbreaking. He sounded like a typical Mormon in the tone he used, which only serves to spur me on in this work. His e-mail is listed below, followed by our response.
The one thing I hope to get across in posting this is that we’re not here to bash Mormons. We’re heartbroken they’ve been so deceived, and have obviously spent exorbitant amounts of time in their quest to vindicate Joe Smith’s false gospel. Please, pray for this man, won’t you?
We’ve not included his name, nor have we changed any spelling in his note –
Just wondering what you think of my thought on blood eating jews?
Blood eating Jews? As I pondered Nephi’s train of thought, he says the meat was raw. Or, did he? Joseph Smith was inspired to write “raw”, could Nephi’s intention have been “uncooked”. What kind of meat can be eaten uncooked in the middle of a scorching desert? Jerki. Surely they had salt and other spices with them. Wikipedia says jerki is usually made of long strips of meat with salt and spice added. It also says jerki should not be dried quickly in over hot ovens, but rather slowly at ca. 70 degrees. How about hanging on a tent pole over night in a warm desert? Then it could be eaten the next day or stored for colder periods. What type of animal could they possibly find to form long strips of, in a desert? Snakes. Just another fun after thought: Where does the word Jerki come from: Its an old Incan term stemming from Meso-America 🙂
May Gods Grace guide us all on our way to Him ♡
Hello ____ we wanted to thank you for writing in to us here at the ministry and let you know we’re praying for you!
There are a couple of things we hope you’ll consider in our response to you.
1.Joe Smith said the BoM was the most correct book on the face of the earth. If that’s true, it’d be unlikely he would’ve inserted his own interpretation of what Nephi originally intended.
2.Your prophet, Russell Nelson, explained in a seminar to Misssions Presidents the importance of the BoM. You can read our article on this here.
In that seminar, Mr. Nelson listed about ten things that the BoM is and is not. One of those items included his statement the Book of Mormon isn’t an historical record of all the inhabitants. Nor is it a book on agriculture. If it isn’t either of those things, it’s quite a stretch to think Nephi was making jerky out in the Mesoamerican desert.
Moreover, God told the Israelites not to eat anything that moves on its belly. Leviticus 11:42. If Nephi really was a God-fearing Israelite, he wouldn’t have dreamt of eating snakes.
3.The BoM is virtually bereft of any detailed descriptions of items they took with them when they departed Israel. Why is that?
4.While the ancient world did use salt as a curing agent in many of their foods, the reasons why the jerky theory is unlikely is seen in the observations noted above.
Lastly, the article we highlighted on Mr. Nelson’s talk is part of a series we did on Mormon leaders who’ve said Mormonism isn’t true. We pray you’ll take a few minutes and look over the detailed info, and compare it with what God says in His word.
Know that we’re praying for you and hope to hear from you soon!
With Love in Christ;