"Somebody Wrote It:" The Book of Mormon's Missionary Message to a 21st-Century World

Title

"Somebody Wrote It:" The Book of Mormon's Missionary Message to a 21st-Century World

Publication Type

Journal Article

Year of Publication

2020

Authors

Bennett, Jim (Primary)

Journal

Interpreter: A Journal of Latter-day Saint Faith and Scholarship

Pagination

265-278

Volume

34

Terms of use

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Bibliographic Citation

Bennett, Jim. ""Somebody Wrote It:" The Book of Mormon's Missionary Message to a 21st-Century World" In Interpreter: A Journal of Latter-day Saint Faith and Scholarship, Vol. 34. 2020:265-278.

Abstract

Nathan Oman’s “Welding Another Link in Wonder’s Chain: The Task of Latter-day Saint Intellectuals in the Church’s Third Century” wisely called for “new language in which to celebrate the Restoration.” That new language can be found in understanding the power of the Book of Mormon, which is the tangible miracle at the heart of the Restoration that defies the critics. My father, Senator Robert F. Bennett, devoted his final years to arguing that the Book of Mormon’s existence is a stumbling block to those who try to dismiss it as an obvious fraud. Those who scoff at the Book of Mormon have yet to come up with a plausible secular account of its existence, and this allows the Book of Mormon to endure as the centerpiece of our missionary efforts. But rather than simply use the Book of Mormon to attempt to answer questions people are no longer asking, we need to create a missionary message that uses this sacred scripture to connect people, directly and personally, to Jesus Christ.

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