Have Some Faith

Nobody knows the exact location of the Book of Mormon's events. Because of that a lot of people question the reality of the events that happen in it, but you know what? I don't care and neither should you.

When you read the Book of Mormon there are examples of faith from the very beginning–Lehi's family leaving Jerusalem without knowing where they're going, Alma's discourse on faith, Ammon willingly helping a Lamanite king and offering to be his servant, and Moroni's insistence that if you ask in faith whether or not the Book of Mormon is true. So, why does a book rooted in faith rather than proof garnish so much cynicism and skepticism?

A lot of it deals with how the Church was perceived when it was first reorganized and how it's still received today.

In the early 1800s when Joseph Smith first reorganized the Church he was branded a charlatan, a money digger, a crook. It wasn't true, but the pastors and preachers in his area were so entrenched in a "war of the churches" that they were not going to lose any ground to an inexperienced teen. That attitude followed the early Saints throughout the entire eastern United States before they were finally pushed West.

Rough beginnings. And even now when history is discussed in schools and the congregations of other faiths Mormons are seen as a joke or the villains (which I really don't understand because they were the ones being tarred and feather and pushed out of their homes repeatedly). But that's the sad truth of the matter. Because of that (and the fact that the LDS Church refuses to bend their standards based on public opinion) the Church is held to higher standards of proof.

Because there has been no physical and definitive archeological proof there are a few different paths of thinking people take: having faith, coming up with ill-supported evidence in North and South America, or demanding evidence that's not there.

Speculation about the location of where the Book of Mormon took place can be fun. There are individuals who have created some convincing arguments that they present as proof; but people who rely too fully on evidence miss the message of the book. The message of the Book of Mormon is not about what you can physically find; it's about how the Spirit speaks to you. It's about the faith you build in the Savior. It's about the love God has for you and what He's done to ensure the gospel can rest in your hands at any time.

So, I'll say it: where it happened does not matter as much as the fact that it actually happened.

Search the scriptures. Ponder the message. Pray sincerely. The truth will come regardless of what anyone else says or does.


-Nikita

Author: millennialmormon

I'm a stay at home mom to five awesome kids. I live in Utah and love to crochet, read, do artsy stuff, and scripture journal.

8 thoughts on “Have Some Faith”

    1. I respectfully disagree that this is non sequitur. The initial statement is that people care about proof and archeological evidence of the Book of Mormon despite the fact that the message of the book is rooted in having faith.

      After asking why there is so much skepticism surrounding the Book of Mormon a case is presented that part of the reason there is skepticism is because of the stigma that surrounds the religion that has been there since its reorganization and why there is a greater burden of proof on the LDS Church than for others.

      Finally, wrapping back to the beginning point and adding a supporting summary that while there is no definitive proof of where the events of the Book of Mormon happened, the message of the book is to have faith.

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      1. I agree that there are many faith-promoting messages in the book. But if the important part of the Book of Mormon is the messages of faith, why does it matter whether the stories in the book actually happened?

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      2. That’s the point of the post. šŸ™‚ I did throw in my opinion that I believe the events really did happen, but the whole point of the post is that it does not matter whether the stories actually happened.

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    1. My friend, I don’t know what else to say to you. The entire post is about why archeological proof isn’t the main importance when dealing with the Book of Mormon (although others demand it) because the message of the book is one of faith. I don’t agree that my opinion article is non sequitur because it flows from topic to topic in a sequential pattern and ends with a statement that promotes the initial idea that where the events took place and why archeological proof does not matter while asserting that I believe the events did take place.

      I personally don’t care where the Book of Mormon’s events took place. I believe the important underlying message is to have faith. That is why I wrote a piece supporting my opinion. You don’t have to agree with my statements or belief, that’s totally fine.

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      1. Please don’t take my comments personally.

        I’m just trying to point out that you begin your essay by saying “…a lot of people question the reality of the events that happen in it, but you know what? I don’t care and neither should you.” Then you make some great points about faith-promoting messages in the book that are faith-promoting regardless of whether the events in the book really happened or not. But then your ending seems to go against your beginning statement by saying that it is important that “it actually happened.”:
        “…where it happened does not matter as much as the fact that it actually happened.”

        If we should not care about whether the events actually happened or not, why do you insist at the end that they actually happened? It just seems to me that the essay would make more sense if you left that last statement out.

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