With the following words spoken by Elder Russell M. Nelson on 6 July 2016 “There are some things the Book of Mormon is not,” President Nelson said. “It is not a textbook of history, although some history is found within its pages. It is not a definitive work on ancient American agriculture or politics. It is not a record of all former inhabitants of the
Western Hemisphere, but only of particular groups of
people.” The LDS
church has now taken a position of distancing itself from the validity of the
book of Mormon in a way which many other restoration faiths have done.
It is the firm belief of The Latter Day Church of Jesus Christ that although we may not understand all of the ways in which the book of Mormon was translated, it is however true. We stand by the book of Mormon and proudly proclaim it is true. We stand by this belief know matter how hard it may be for us to say such things. While all around us the Mormon and restoration world is shrinking from its belief in the book of Mormon and he Prophet Joseph Smith and the way in which the Book of Mormon was brought forth and therefore its worth as a true historical and religious document we at The Latter Day Church of Jesus Christ stand firm in our conviction that it is true and it is a real historical document of a part of the Heartlands of the North American Continent and that it speaks of three different people groups who travelled to the North American continent.
We stand firm in our conviction that Joseph Smith is and was a prophet of God, no matter his faults and short comings and through him the book of Mormon was translated and came to us today. The Latter Day Church of Jesus Christ continues the work left by the early church and our prophet brother Joseph, we build on the foundation he laid which includes the book of Mormon and we stand by its truth and validity.
Matthew P. Gill
Prophet & First Elder