Book of Mormon studies have broken open in recent decades, leading to many new, and widely different, theories about its historicity, origins, theology, and function. But despite this flurry of activity among scholars, apologists, and revisionists, until recent publicity over DNA studies and the Church’s response caught their attention, very few Latter-day Saints had really been aware of what has been going on. Now many members are engaged in a crash course of trying to make sense of the new models and perspectives. And, understandably, some are struggling. “This isn’t what I’ve been taught all these years!” “That doesn’t seem to mesh with past prophetic utterances.” “Does this mean I’m not really a Lamanite descendent?” This is an important time in our tradition’s history. Our understanding of and relationship to scripture is a crucial element in our faith journey.
Michael Hicks, Linda Hoffman Kimball, Trent D. Stephens, Ricardo Diaz, Kevin Barney, Van Hale, Molly M. Bennion