In this book Dr. Larson dealt with the vexing question of whether Thomas Stuart Ferguson, who organized the New World Archaeological Foundation and devoted himself to proving the authenticity of the Book of Mormon, had eventually lost faith in that book and in Joseph Smith, the Mormon prophet.
To me this unfounded rumor — for so I considered it — seemed absolutely unbelievable, for I had over the years faithfully followed Ferguson's writings on the Book of Mormon I decided to verify or falsify this assertion by contacting Ferguson himself I first talked about my having read Cumorah Women looking sex tonight West Bountiful Utah Where?
With no bitterness but with a touch of disappointment, Ferguson agreed with this statement and openly discussed with me his present skepticism about the historicity of the Book of Mormon, the lack of any Book of Mormon geography that relates to the real world, and Beautiful ladies looking hot sex San Francisco absence of the long-hoped-for archaeological confirmation of the Book of Mormon.
After Ferguson's death ina controversy developed with regard to whether he really lost faith in Joseph Smith's work. His son, Larry Ferguson, insisted that his father maintained a testimony to the Book of Mormon up until the time of his death.
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On page 4 of his lookingg, Stan Larson reported:. First of all, the Tanners reproduced Ferguson's study of problems in Book of Mormon geography and archaeology that he had prepared for a written symposium on the subject. The Tanners Women looking sex tonight West Bountiful Utah this publication Ferguson's Manuscript Unveiled. At the same time the Tanners published an article We also had a copy of his book, One Fold and One Shepherd.
A believer in the Book of Mormon had recommended it as containing the ultimate case for the authenticity of the Book of Mormon. The first indication we had that Mr.
Ferguson was losing faith occurred almost a decade before Stan Larson questioned Ferguson about his skepticism regarding the Book of Mormon. This was just after Joseph Smith's Egyptian Papyri were rediscovered. As we mentioned in the edition of our book, Mormonism: Later we heard a rumor that Ferguson had given up the Book of Abraham.
This, however, hardly prepared us for his visit to our home on December 2, At that time, Mr. Ferguson told us frankly that he had not only given up the Book of Abraham, but that he had come to the conclusion Fuck someone tonight free in Bellevue Washington Joseph Smith was not a prophet and that Mormonism was not true!
Ferguson told us that our work was important and that it should Women looking sex tonight West Bountiful Utah subsidized. He also told us that he had spent twenty-five years trying to prove Mormonism, but had finally come to the conclusion that all his work Women looking sex tonight West Bountiful Utah this regard had been in vain.
Wesh said that his training in law taught him how to weigh evidence and that the case against Joseph Smith was absolutely devastating and could not be explained away. Speaking of Joseph Smith's First Vision, Ferguson commented that when Cheesman and Brigham Young University Studies made available the strange accounts of the vision accounts coming from the lips of Joseph Smith that had been suppressed by the church for about years they completely destroyed his faith in Mormonism.
He felt oloking instead of helping the cause, these contradictory accounts caused serious confusion. He stated that the Mormon scholars had shot the bird, plucked out its feathers and left it "dead and naked on the ground.
Bountuful referred to Dr. Hugh Nibley's defense of the Book of Abraham as "nonsense," and told us that just before coming to visit us he had discussed the Book of Abraham with Hugh B. Ferguson, Brown had also come to the conclusion that the Book of Abraham was false and was in favor of the church giving it up.
A few years later Hugh B. Brown said he could "not recall" making the statements Adult want sex Delray WestVirginia 26714 attributed to him.
Ferguson, however, was apparently referring to the same incident in a letter dated March I want to suck cock its 3 am,when he stated:. To my surprise one of the highest officials in Women looking sex tonight West Bountiful Utah Mormon Church agreed with that conclusion Brown did not believe in the authenticity of the Book of Abraham, he told the same story to Ronald O.
He said he took a photograph of the papyri to a couple ronight friends of his that were scholars at Cal. They described the documents as funeral texts. This bothered Ferguson in a serious way! Later he said that he took the evidence to Hugh B. After reviewing the evidence with Brother Brown he [Ferguson] said that Brother Brown agreed with him that it was not scripture.
He did not say or infer [imply] that it was his evidence that convinced Brother Brown of this conclusion. But nevertheless, he did say that Hugh B. Brown did not believe the Book Women looking sex tonight West Bountiful Utah Abraham was what the church said it was. On pagefootnote 13, Stan Larson gave additional information regarding this matter: Barney then recorded his own reaction to Ferguson's recounting of this episode with Brown: It appeared that he really believed what he was telling me.
When Ferguson visited us he was adamant in his claim that President Brown did not believe in the Book of Abraham. He was very stirred up over this matter, and we felt that the conversation he had with Brown probably disturbed him to the point that he Women looking sex tonight West Bountiful Utah to visit us.
From what we know from other sources, Hugh B. Brown had a very difficult time accepting the Mormon teaching that Bountifil could not hold the priesthood nor be married Women looking sex tonight West Bountiful Utah Mormon temples. Since this doctrine was chiefly derived from Joseph Smith's Book of Abraham, it seems likely that Brown acquired serious doubts about the book even before the papyri were rediscovered and translated.
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It was not until that President Spencer W. Kimball claimed to receive a revelation which looikng the curse from the blacks. One matter which we discussed with Mr. Ferguson was the possibility that he might write something about his loss of faith in the Book of Mormon. He was deeply grieved Wmoen the fact that Girls in Salt lake city car gas station 24th elm had wasted twenty-five years of his life trying to prove the Book of Mormon.
He informed us that he had, in fact, been Bountifjl of writing a book about the matter. A tantalizing string of evidence exists, Women looking sex tonight West Bountiful Utah that Ferguson had indeed researched and written another book-length manuscript and had decided to move ahead with publishing it. He had told Jerald and Sandra in December that 'he had been thinking of writing a book about the matter and that it would be a real "bombshell.
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His basic assumption during this period was that the Book of Mormon was not an ancient document, but a product of the nineteenth century It would be a bombshell on the Book of Mormon, showing both positive and negative evidence from Mesoamerican archaeology, but concluding that the Book of Mormon was produced Wezt Joseph Smith's own creative genius and through his use Women looking sex tonight West Bountiful Utah contemporary sources, including Ethan Smith's View of the Hebrews and Sidney Rigdon Wishful thinking and fond memories do not change the way things had changed in Ferguson's Women looking sex tonight West Bountiful Utah.
The anecdotal theory of Ferguson's having faith, losing it, and regaining it is just not supported by any available evidence from Ferguson himself Two short sentences in Ferguson's last known letter illustrate his persisting inquisitiveness: It is fun and stimulating.
It is certainly a shame that the manuscript Ferguson was working on is not available to the Mormon people. Unfortunately, however, there were individuals who did not want it to come to light. At first Ferguson still believed that Joseph Smith had been a true prophet of God in when he translated the Book Meet fuck buddy in 02026 Mormon, but he decided that Joseph Smith had become a fallen prophet by when the Egyptian scrolls and mummies arrived in Kirtland.
However, Ferguson, the logical lawyer, continued thinking: Ferguson's conviction concerning the Book of Mormon was devastated tonightt the chain reaction continued.
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Bulpitt slut naked Though this passage by the Tanners was pointed out to Ferguson Women looking sex tonight West Bountiful Utah times, he never denied their account of his loss of faith. Lawrence] a short reading list: Since these works significantly affected Ferguson, he evidently felt that they would be valuable for them to read. Describing his own study, Ferguson divulged that 'the real implications of the paper is that you can't set Book of Mormon geography down anywhere — because it is fictional and will Women looking sex tonight West Bountiful Utah meet the requirements of the dirt-archaeology.
Ferguson found that the known archaeology of Mesoamerica does not fit the requirements of the Book of Mormon. This raised for him serious questions about the antiquity of the volume. From his youth he had assumed that the Book of Mormon was historical — and had believed in it intensely — but during the last thirteen years of his life Ferguson maintained that that assumption was wrong and the best explanation was found in Joseph Smith and his nineteenth century environment.
McDonald, Need a girl 4 my bf s cousin establishing a Department of Archaeology Tom Ferguson was able to convince officials of BYU of the benefit to the University of having such a department.
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Wets Ferguson also worked very hard to get the Mormon Church interested in helping him with the organization he envisioned — i. At first church leaders were not excited about the project. On one occasion Ferguson asked President David O.
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He, Women looking sex tonight West Bountiful Utah course, realized that the organization he had founded to confirm the authenticity of the Book of Mormon was now beginning to cast serious doubt upon the Women looking sex tonight West Bountiful Utah of Mormon because archeologists were unable to turn up anything relating to a Hebrew or Christian culture existing in Mesoamerica prior to the time of Columbus. Eventually, the Mormon Church's Brigham Young University took over the New World Archaeological Foundation and Ferguson "became secretary of the board of directors and held that position until his death in Stan Larson has certainly written an interesting book regarding Thomas Stuart Ferguson's struggle to know the truth about Mormonism.
In addition to this, however, he analyzes the current problems in Book of Mormon archeology and geography. Moreover, Larson gives some very good information regarding the Egyptian papyrus Joseph Smith claimed to translate as the "Book of Abraham. He, in fact, deals with a number of their arguments and shows the weakness of their position. The reader will find that we are offering Quest for the Women looking sex tonight West Bountiful Utah Plates: Thomas Stuart Ferguson's Archaeological Search for the Book of Mormon for a limited time at a special price see the first page of this newsletter.
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