Does the Book of Mormon have any problems?


Well that all depends on your perspective. If you believe it is simply a work of religious fiction, a story made up from the minds of men, then you may say it has no problems. The RLDS or (Community of Christ Church) has taken this approach and they believe that the Book if Mormon is simply an allegory, not to be taken as literal history, but to be read for its inspirational stories.

On the other hand, if you believe the book to be non-fiction, a literal and historical account of actual people and events, which is how Joseph Smith presented it, then the Book of Mormon may have significant problems. If this is true, are LDS members allowed to “investigate” the Book of Mormon?

“YES”, LDS Members are allowed to investigate possible problems related to the Book if Mormon.

In fact they are encouraged to do it!

Mormon Leaders have told Members to investigate:

George Albert Smith: "If a faith will not bear to be investigated; if its preachers and professors are afraid to have it examined, their foundation must be very weak." Journal of Discourses, Volume 14, Page 21

John Taylor: "I think a full, free talk is frequently of great use; we want nothing secret nor underhanded, and I for one want no association with things that cannot be talked about and will not bear investigation." Journal of Discourses, Volume 20, Page 264.

Dr. Hugh Nibley: "The Book of Mormon can and should be tested. It invites criticism." An Approach to The Book of Mormon, 1957, p. 13.

Brigham Young: "compare the religion of the Latter-day Saints with it, and see if it will stand the test." Journal of Discourses, Volume 16, p. 46, 1873

Orson Pratt: "“If true, (the Book of Mormon) is one of the most important messages ever sent from God to man. If false, it is one of the most cunning, wicked, bold, deep-laid impositions ever palmed upon the world, calculated to deceive and ruin millions who sincerely receive it as the Word of God, and will suppose themselves built upon the rock of truth, until they are plunged, with their families, into hopeless despair.”

          “Convince us of our errors of Doctrine, if we have any, by reason, by logical arguments, or by the Word of God and we will ever be grateful for the information and you will ever have the pleasing reflections that you have been instruments in the hands of God of redeeming your fellow beings." The Seer, p. 15

Joseph Fielding Smith: "Mormonism, as it is called, must stand or fall on the story of Joseph Smith. He was either a prophet of God, divinely called, properly appointed and commissioned, or he was one of the biggest frauds this world has ever seen. There is no middle ground. If Joseph was a deceiver, who willfully attempted to mislead people, then he should be exposed, his claims should be refuted, and his doctrines shown to be false." Doctrines of Salvation, Vol. I p. 188-89.

Joseph Smith, Jr.:I told the brethren that the Book of Mormon was the most correct of any book on earth, and the keystone of our religion”...“Take away the Book of Mormon and the revelations, and where is our religion? We have none.”  History of the Church, Vol. 6, p. 408-409, History of the Church, 2:52

Is the Book of Mormon a “Fairy-tale” Fiction? or can it be counted as a “historical” Non-Fiction?

All LDS (Mormons) are encouraged to investigate it, and Non-LDS should be aware of the information in on this website so that an informed decision regarding the Book of Mormon can be rendered.