In no way did he mean any disrespect to the Book of Mormon when he said it.
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Since I knew that “validity draws fire”, it made me want to read it more and dig deeper into the topic.
I noticed that most of the people that condemned the Book of Mormon the loudest, had never even read the book.
They were taking the word of their pastor, or mom, or friend and writing off the book for good.
It might be the funniest thing in the world to me when someone tells me with absolute certainty that the Book of Mormon isn’t true after having admitted never actually reading the book themselves. If the Book of Mormon is true, then Joseph Smith was a prophet.
If Joseph Smith was a prophet, then the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints is the same Church that Christ established while He was on the earth. So the question of all questions deals with the truthfulness of Book of Mormon.
All of the other things that come up are only worth talking about if the Book of Mormon is true which is why I can’t figure out why so many people spend so much time criticizing all of the other aspects or doctrines of the Church.If you’re going to attack something…lets get to the core of it and attack the Book of Mormon. Knock down the keystone and the structure comes tumbling down.One of my friends and a convert to the Church from in his twenties said something I’ll never forget.I can still remember the exact spot I was sitting when I knew the Book of Mormon was true.I was in a beach chair on my balcony in Corona Del Mar, California waiting to go surfing.I had just recently started a serious investigation of the Church when I first began reading the Book of Mormon.