So, the many gods of the PoGP is consistent with the written, and “most correct” words of the very blatantly monotheistic BoM? The polygamy of the D&C is compatible with the anti-polygamy of the BoM (which is justified in the D&C through the very same reasons it is condemned in the BoM, David and Solomon)?
Unfortunately Casen; the logic of “if the BoM is true, then everything else claimed by JS is true as well” argument is fallicious; and yet, even according to your own belief, this is explicitly the reasoning of the church’s missionary program. It is fully possible that God called JS to reveal the BoM, but then JS went out on his own and created a new church without God’s mandate. Just because someone has a vision that one is willing to believe or is even proven, does not mean that all their claimed visions are equally true.
Further, you are showing the great bluff of the church; it is not the history or doctrine of the BoM that “proves” the CoJCoLDS, it is merely its existence. Have you ever stepped back and thought about that one? The “Fullness of the Gospel” is claimed to be in the BoM, and yet the church does not follow the gospel found therein! They use this closed book as “proof” that JS was a prophet, and that the church he founded is true; converting people based on a message that they do not follow, and once converted, causes them to accept a gospel alien to even their converted values, but they play along out of trust in the bretheren, not truth.
It is a very clever tactic, but that does not make it right. The BoM is stuffed full of protestant theology and sentiment, making the “strange book” not as strange or foreign as been told by their pastors, causing them to ignore the warnings of their pastors or think that their pastors were just ingorant, wrong, or just plain hateful. Yes, it makes perfect marketing sense to force potential converts to read and study and pray about a book that just reinforces their own inclinations anyway, to “prove” to them that the church isn’t as weird as they thought, and that they really aren’t so different, just more enlightened, and endorsed by the authority that deep down everyone feels is necessary to the Gospel. Clever, and as I have found after these many years, is really typical. It is all about that analogy that is so overused in my old Ward, about the frog in the pot of heating water. Degrees my freind, its all about degrees
The church as revealed in the BoM is very different to the one created by JS in doctrine, practice, and even worldview. Therefore, even if the BoM is believed to be true, then it stands as a condemnation, not an endorsement of, the CoJCoLDS.
But, I am familliar with the LDS “apologetics”, therefore I am not trying to persuade; just clear up the obvious stuff. And I will not hi-jack this thread any longer along these lines. Sorry Miguel