Examining the claims of Jonathan Neville and the Heartland movement

Friday, July 12, 2019

Jonathan Neville accuses Church missionaries of deception

I find it incredible that Jonathan Neville can regularly accuse Church employees and volunteers of lying. Here are some examples of him doing that in his July 12, 2019, blog post, “M2C at Church history sites”:
  • “[Church visitors center] site guides require the site missionaries to tell people that it was Moroni who showed the plates of Nephi to Mary Whitmer, a patently false story concocted by Mary Whitmer’s grandson and favored by M2C* intellectuals (and revisionist Church historians) who don’t want people to know about the New York Cumorah.”
  • “Anyone who visits Palmyra should ask the missionaries about [Letter VII and prophets who have said that the hill Cumorah is in New York] and see for yourselves. It’s pretty sad. I’ve been told that even seminary teachers don't know that Cumorah = Ramah, and they’ll never learn that by visiting the Church historical sites.
  • “BTW, the missionaries are telling everyone the phony story of Moroni showing Mary Whitmer the plates. Mary did see the plates, but it wasn’t Moroni who showed them to her. The M2C intellectuals want you to think it was Moroni because they don’t want people to know about the Hill Cumorah in New York.”
  • The phony story about Moroni was invented by Mary’s grandson, but Church historians and M2C intellectuals liked it better so they incorporated it into the Saints and now we have everyone in the Church learning false history, all because the M2C intellectuals don't want people to even know about the New York Cumorah.
This is yet another example of Neville continuing to proclaim his belief that there is a massive conspiracy within the Church to suppress the truth (or, at least, his version of it). This conspiracy is supposedly responsible for missionaries telling “patently false stor[ies]” and suppressing the teachings of (dead) prophets.

There’s a very stern warning in the revelation given to Joseph Smith at Liberty Jail in March 1829 concerning “those who swear falsely against my servants” and “cry they have sinned when they have not sinned before me.” (See D&C 121:16–25.) Jonathan Neville would do well to consider his actions in light of that warning.

—Peter Pan

* “M2C” is Jonathan Neville’s acronym for the theory that the Book of Mormon took place in Mesoamerica and that the hill Cumorah in the Book of Mormon is not the same hill in New York where Joseph Smith received the plates of Mormon.

1 comment:

  1. After the brethren issued a statement of neutrality on Book of Mormon geography, I became interested in the different theories that members of the church have on the subject. I am happy to have Jonathan Neville's writings to consider along with yours and others as I continue my studies. I believe as much information as possible should be made available to the members of the church. I do not like being limited to a single point of view when the brethren appear to take no official position and encourage us to study all that is available.


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