Tired of hearing about the Book of Mormon? Too bad…

My good friend, adopted father, and all-around-good-guy Richard Packham (despite the fact he is a recovering lawyer) has taken a LOT of his time to explain to those investigating Mormonism just exactly WHAT the missionaries will not tell you. He made a statement on his Web site, recently, that I found VERY relevant.

The majority of the reviews on Amazon.com about the trade edition of the Book of Mormon, available from Doubleday, are from Mormons (“It’s the best book ever! Even my DOG knows this book is true! You’re life will change!”). These reviews exhort the reader to ignore anything else they might hear, or read, and just pray about it. So what if the directions say NOT to stick your fingers in the blender. What do those guys know? Instead, just pray about it. Don’t read the directions. Blenders never bite back. Blenders NEVER accidentally get turned on, say, when you lean forward to look inside at the ice chip that is blocking the motion of the rotors, and accidentally hit the on button with ones, er, ah, never mind. Here’s what Richard said:

Hundreds of books have been written by Mormons to support the claims made in the Book of Mormon. Hundreds of others have been written to expose the book as a work of fiction. Interestingly, the defenders of the book’s claims generally urge readers of the book not to read anything about the book – especially anything negative – but rather they urge the reader simply to pray to God and ask whether its claims are true. Unfortunately, it seems that God occasionally tells readers that it is true, but apparently he tells many other readers that it is a hoax. Why else would one find dozens of copies in the ten-cent bin at every thrift store in the country? Or perhaps most people feel that they do not need God’s help in confirming that they are reading a fantasy tale – however religious it may sound – and not a description of real life or real events in a real place.


About Natalie R. Collins

Natalie has more than 30 years writing, editing, proofreading and design experience. She has written 20 books (and counting), has worked for the Sundance Film Festival, and as an investigative journalist, editor, and proofreader. She embraces her gypsy-heart and is following her new free-thinking journey through life. Follow her as she starts over and learns a bunch of life's lessons--some the hard way.
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One Response to Tired of hearing about the Book of Mormon? Too bad…

  1. Wayne says:

    I thought it was interesting that someone would comment on the Book of Mormon and then refer the readers to the so-called “excellent” article about the fallacies of the Book of Mormon written by the owner of another website, Richard Packham.
    I am assuming that the writer of the entry posted on Natalie’s website, and Natalie herself, are of the Christian persuasion. If that be the case? I am wondering why anyone of the Christian persuasion would use him (Richard Packam) as someone that could be trusted on any subject concerning any kind of a belief in God.
    Out of curiosity, I clicked on his name just to see what he had to say about the Book of Mormon. What I found was kind of interesting. He is a devout Atheist. He even writes ‘why he is not a Christian any more’ articles, and even has a long list of Bible contradictions. Don’t believe me, see for yourself. See what some so-called experts can do with the sacred beliefs of Christians. Then compare them with the techniques that are being used against Mormonism.
    Then go to the HISTORY of the so-called ‘Bible believing, Jesus of the Bible following Christians’ (which are the Old And New Testaments) and read a story quite similar to the Mountain Meadow Massacre (Gen. 34.) It is a story about a Prophet of God (Jacob), and how he was more concerned about his own skin than about what his sweet little children had done. Then go the New Testament and read what Jesus said about the “Mote and the Beam.”
    It is interesting to me too, that having listened to a lot of preachers on Christian radio and television: I have never once heard them talk about that incident. Could they be hiding something from their followers? I am convinced that the Old testament should be rated ‘X’ or at the least ‘PG’ for the things that are in it.
    I am convinced that those who are professing to be Christians, that are so adamant in criticizing the Mormons have never read their own Bible. If they had, they wouldn’t be so judgmental about Mormonism.


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