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This page details some problems that arise by accepting the Church-sanctioned teachings of the origin and content of the BOM as well as responses to those problems from the LDS Church, apologists and devout members.An anachronism is when writing contains something from a future time period which couldn't realistically be in the time period they've written it into.
The critic would point out that the phrase "count the clock" and the word "stricken" clearly refer to clocks that make noise and that in the particular scene in "Julius Caesar" it was in the morning—not exactly a time at which a sundial would be consulted.
The other came much earlier when the Lord confounded the tongues at the Tower of Babel. After thousands of years, all were destroyed except the Lamanites, and they are the principal ancestors of the American Indians." of the BOM say all of the people chronicled in the book were destroyed, except the Lamanites, and they are the principal ancestors of the American Indians." The new introduction reads much the same, but says the Lamanites are among the ancestors of the American Indians causing some debate.
Concerning this record the Prophet Joseph Smith said: "I told the brethren that the Book of Mormon was the most correct of any book on earth, and the keystone of our religion, and a man would get nearer to God by abiding by its precepts, than by any other book." Latter-day Saints are repeatedly encouraged to rely on a witness of the spirit (i.e.
From the introduction to the BOM: "It is a record of God's dealings with the ancient inhabitants of the Americas and contains the fullness of the everlasting gospel." Members are encouraged to focus on the spiritual value of the BOM instead of the historical aspects.
published an article in the Church News section called 'Geography Problems' (p.