This is a friendly discussion among brothers and sisters who all love the Book of Mormon and believe it is actual history. We seek unity on how to interpret the text and Church history. This blog focuses on the North American setting as the simplest and best explanation of Book of Mormon geography, with Cumorah in New York, but we recognize other settings are meaningful for other people.
Sunday, June 14, 2015
How to be a success
Fast Company put up a slideshow titled "9 Easy-to-Steal Habits of the Super Successful." They are pretty good ideas that apply to Book of Mormon studies, too. Here's my take on a few of them:
This one summarizes the Book of Mormon (and the scriptures generally). We could have scriptures that consist of the Ten Commandments and a few regulations; instead we have scriptures that consist of stories from many civilizations throughout the world over thousands of years.
I made 5,127 prototypes of my vacuum before I got it right. There were 5,126 failures. But I learned from each one. That's how I came up with a solution. So I don't mind failure. I've always thought that schoolchildren should be marked by the number of failures they've had. The child who tries strange things and experiences lots of failures to get there is probably more creative.
Dyson's point: If you want to discover something new, you're bound to fail a few times (or in his case, 5,126 times), and that's okay. It's also okay to quit something your heart isn't into, in order to get somewhere better.
By now, most people realize the Mesoamerican theory of Book of Mormon geography was a mistake, but that's okay--so long as we learn from it. Mesoamerican advocates generally have been well-intentioned and sincere. Now it's a question of how they will respond to the new paradigm. Those of us who have already shifted paradigms think it's great that we have decades of research focused on Mesoamerica because 1) Mesoamerica is an interesting place even though it has nothing to do with the Book of Mormon narrative and 2) all that research has convincingly proven that the Book of Mormon could not have happened in Mesoamerica. Now let's take those lessons and move on.
The Mesoamerican theory, like many "consensus" theories, has thrived for decades because people didn't insist on answers to basic questions (and, when people did, the Mesoamerican proponents ignored them). For example, the Sorenson model insists "north" in the Book of Mormon text is not "north" as defined by the English language. Nor are "horses" horses, etc.
Truth be told, I think the difference between passion and delusion isn’t even very distinguishable. I suspect many an entrepreneur has fallen too far down the rabbit hole without even realizing it. It happened to me. Maxed-out credit cards, empty cupboards, and a frustrated spouse helped me wake up to the delusion I created in myself. I was laser-focused on the belief I had to succeed no matter what, which led me to lose sight of reality. My story fortunately has a happy ending. But if I hadn’t faced that reality head-on (and it did indeed feel like a crash), I wouldn’t have been able to honestly evaluate my business and redirect toward a healthier course.
Do I need to point out how this applies to the remaining advocates of the Mesoamerican theory?