the epic showdown continues. At the bell I fail to leave my corner. Time to retire (this thread anyway )...
To Whom It May Concern,
Further to our conversation regarding the three witnesses of the golden plates I would venture to add that while their unwavering dedication to their testimonies surrounding the events documented in the opening pages of the Book of Mormon (improper), was nothing short of exemplary; I cannot in good conscience take these men at their word, not enough to follow them to the ends of the earth or the pearly gates of heaven, or even exert more than a cursory glance over the documents regarding their story. I find nothing of any substance that would move me to esteem their special experience over that of any other subject claiming a divine visitation or ecstatic encounter. The world is filled with wondrous first hand accounts of extraordinary beings revealing themselves to lowly humans: Aliens, Allah, the Resurrected Christ, big foot, the Virgin Mary, Elvis et al. I cannot account for what these various witnesses claim, neither do I feel obligated to. I have neither the time nor the patience to embark on a exhaustive study of events and people who are of little interest to me. Their story did little to move me when I was a member in good standing, nor when I later became disaffected. I do feel an unmistakable compulsion to return to a study of Mormonism, but this would center around the two most compelling characters who were instrumental in its advent: Joseph Smith and Brigham Young. So it is written, so it shall be done.