A bunch of gullible rubes believing what some jack-off "read" off of some sketchy tablets. Same bunch of gullible rubes still believing it when, after a skeptic asks him to reread them presuming it would result in a verbatim repetition that could potentially suggest some truth, he says he's "not allowed to" and will "read" from a new set of tablets that say generally the same thing but not verbatim. You've had over 150 years to decode that scam and you still haven't. How do you look yourself in the mirror and NOT see an absolute moron?
Ad hominems galore! Are you capable of debating without resorting to name calling?
I believe you are referring to the lost 116 pages known as the Book of Lehi? As Joseph dictated the translation, Oliver Cowdery only made a single copy. Oliver convinced Joseph to let him show his wife and others. Those pages got stolen, so no known unaltered edition was in neutral hands. If Joseph wree to retranslate the same section of plates, it would have been a trap. If he produced a verbattim copy, the enemies of the Church would have altered Oliver's first copy. If Joseph made a single change (such as using a synonym), his enemies would have counted it as proof that he wasn't a prophet. Since Moroni collected the plates in 1830 we cannot attempt a new translation from the original source. Later editions standardized spelling, punctuation, and grammar (spelling and grammar were in flux in the 1800s, and Joseph didn't dictate punctuation).
Nephi was the son of Lehi, so he saw many of the same things as his father.
It's the same trap the Jews attempted on Jesus when a woman was caught in the very act of adultery. If Jesus said to stone the woman, as dictated by Jewish law, he would have been in violation of Roman law. If Jesus said to let the woman be, he would be in violation of Jewish law.
Being a god of your own fucking planet if you're good enough on this one. Fucking PLEASE. Pious virtue, my ass. That kind of goal is pure ME ME ME on an even more insane level than 72 virgins or endless happiness in the clouds watching your descendants masturbate.
Oh, I see you also have to resort to copious amounts of gratuitous profanity. Profanity generally shows a limited vocabulary.
Don't Jews and mainstream Christianity also call God with the title "Father"? Jesus addressed the Almighty with "Our Father, which art in heaven". Don't children have capability of becoming like their parents? Why call out Mormonism for believing what the Old Testament prophets, Jesus, and the apostles taught? If anything, it makes us more Christian than mainstream Christianity.
It was a crazy science fiction cult then and it's a crazy science fiction cult now, just like scientology. I don't know or care what your thoughts are on those nutjobs but given the seemingly universal loathing of them by everyone, I'd assume you think they're wackos too. The thing is, the only difference between them and you is time. In 150 years, if people still haven't smartened the fuck up, scientology will be viewed as just as valid as your bullshit. Pretty fucking sorry company. Think about that next time you have your little "I'm gonna be a god if I always smile and act friendly" orgasm.
Mormonism has produced some good science fiction writers (Orson Scott Card being the most famous), but I don't see Mormonism per se as science fiction anything. The word cult has lost all meaning except an organization with whose doctrine / ideology I disagree. If you're so blind as to not see the differences between Mormonism and Scientology you are beyond my help. Research is validating things in the Book of Mormon which would not have been known to Joseph Smith in 1830. If you are interested in the truth instead of a shouting match we can take this offline.
It's not ad hominem when it's your STORY I'm ripping apart, but that doesn't stop me from calling you a fucking imbecile for living in the land of make believe as an adult who should otherwise know better, so feel free to retreat to the safe space in which your story isn't bullshit and you still look smart and cool to a bunch of other sorry excuses for sapiens, for whatever that's worth. Pffft. You should all be ashamed of yourselves.
Ad hominem is Latin meaning "to the man". It means you are attacking traits of the messenger or originator instead of addressing the message. Calling believers "rubes", calling Joseph a "jack off", etc.
I only wish, as a non-smoker, that I had the mindfulness to keep a lighter on me anyway so I could ignite it and extend it forward when one of you people tries to hand me a flyer. Nobody wants your shit. If we aren't walking into your buildings and asking for consultations, take a hint.
Jesus said to take the Gospel to the whole world, preaching to every creature. Our full time missionaries (who pay their own way!) invite others to learn the truth regarding Mormonism. They keep an area book, where they mark who is interested and who has asked not to be visited. Politely tell them you're not interested and they should leave you alone.
What other group asks potential converts (whom we call investigators) to pray to God to know if the message is true? Thousands take this challenge each year and are baptized.