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Re: Captain Kidd Strikes Again!

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Shulem wrote:
Sat Feb 25, 2023 3:37 pm
What mainly concerns me is the very text of the book.
You say this often, but then you chase it with comments like:
Shulem wrote:
Sat Feb 25, 2023 3:37 pm
It’s clear to me that while Smith was dictating the story of Jesus in America, he fully intended to expand his mission as a prophet and start a new church. The statement Jesus made to the Nephites (“I will establish my church among them”) in a New Jerusalem is evidence enough to reveal Smith’s true intentions. Who else was to establish a church other than Joseph the son of Joseph who was born in the land of promise among the Lamanites according to prophecy?
Sorry, but none of this is in the text. Nearly everything you post is about Joseph Smith and his plans, or motivations, influences, ideas or intentions.

None of that is the very text of the book.

Frankly, this is why this discussion about geography here has been very difficult to follow. It seems you're more interested in the intentions of Joseph Smith then you are the text of the Book of Mormon. I have participated in that discussion, but at some point, its a dead end. If we are going to continue this conversation about Book of Mormon Geography, let's shelve the mind-reading. Neither of us know what Joseph was thinking 200 years ago.
Shulem wrote:
Sat Feb 25, 2023 3:37 pm
There is no question in my mind that Joseph planned to start a new church even before he finished dictating the Book of Mormon but wasn’t sure how or exactly when that would happen. Smith was doing things on the fly.
Case in point. It doesn't matter. It has nothing to do with Book of Mormon geography, or at least it shouldn't. Its not in the text. Its mind reading.
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