Sunday, January 17, 2021

Letter VII and Come Follow Me

Readers here know that Letter VII is just one of eight essays on Church history written by Oliver Cowdery with the assistance of Joseph Smith. Joseph Smith's brother, Don Carlos, republished them in the Times and Seasons under the title "RISE OF THE CHURCH." 

That's a good description. 

I consider these eight essays as the original "Gospel Topics Essays." As the product of the President and Assistant President of the Church (Joseph Smith and Oliver Cowdery, respectively), they are much more useful and relevant than the scholarly articles published anonymously as the "Gospel Topics Essays" and other entries.

If every member of the Church read and understood the eight essays, many of the misunderstandings and unanswered questions that lead to "faith crises" would be resolved.

With that in mind, I've been publishing notes on the Come Follow Me 2021 curriculum at

I invite you to visit and subscribe for updates. Understanding Church history as explained by Joseph Smith and Oliver Cowdery is a far better approach than reading about Church history as filtered by modern LDS scholars who have repudiated key aspects of what Joseph and Oliver taught.

Thursday, January 7, 2021

A new idea: Joseph and Oliver told the truth

For Come Follow Me 2021, focusing on the Doctrine and Covenants, this blog will discuss a new idea in Church history: the idea that Joseph Smith and Oliver Cowdery told the truth.

Many faithful LDS historians and scholars have decided that Joseph and Oliver were not candid when they wrote and said what they did. 

According to the scholars, Joseph did not translate the plates with the Urim and Thummim as he and Oliver claimed. Instead, the Saints book and the citation cartel teach that Joseph read words that appeared on a stone in the hat (SITH). 

According to the scholars, the Hill Cumorah was not in New York. Joseph and Oliver were ignorant speculators who misled the Church about that. Instead, the Saints book censored all references to Cumorah from Church history because the historians agree with the M2C scholars that Cumorah is somewhere in southern Mexico. (M2C = the Mesoamerican/Two-Cumorahs theory.)


Fortunately, members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints can know when they are being fed these ideas. All you have to do is look for the mark of M2C.

Whenever you see this mark, you can be confident that the publication will promote M2C and SITH. It's the mark of a closed mind, the antithesis of scholarship, the imposition of dogma.

For example, they're asking you to give money to promote M2C and SITH.