Refuting the errors of Jonathan Neville and the Heartland hoax

Monday, September 28, 2020

“Two men went up into the temple to pray…”

Jonathan Neville writes:
Those who are more experienced know how the maturation process works because we’ve all been through it. Young people cannot possibly know because they are at the beginning stages of the maturation process. Many of them think they understand because of what they’ve read, or what someone has told them, but that’s precisely why they are so closed-minded.

For example, the fine young scholars employed by Book of Mormon Central are the most active in promoting M2C* on the Internet. This is perfectly normal. Young educated people are more closed-minded than most people. The more educated they are, the more closed-minded they are. The combination of youth and education is the worst.…

Readers of this blog (apart from M2C advocates) are open-minded and happy to consider alternative points of view. We have a healthy skepticism about what we read and hear, and we don’t accept what the credentialed class serves up without first comparing it to the teachings of the prophets.
The proud Pharisee praying Luke 18“And the Heartlander stood and prayed thus with himself, God, I thank thee that I am not as other Latter-day Saints are, learned, evolutionists, Mesoamericanists, even as this young scholar from Book of Mormon Central.” — Luke 18:11 Neville Bible

—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. When they are learned they think they are wise, and they hearken not unto the counsel of FIRMF, for they set it aside, supposing they know of themselves, wherefore, their wisdom is foolishness and it profiteth them not. And they shall perish. But to be learned is good if they hearken unto the counsels of Neville.

  2. 'young fine scholars" I love how patronizing he is. He perfectly encapsulates the old boomer high priest who hijacks Elders Quorum lessons. The kind that claims he's had several conversations with unspecified GAs who've given the church's stamp of approval to whatever pet theory he happens to be talking about.

  3. Perhaps another prayer of Heartlanders:

    "Holy God, we believe that thou hast separated us from our brethren; and we do not believe in the tradition of our brethren, which was handed down to them by the childishness of their scholars; but we believe that thou hast elected us to be thy holy children; and also thou hast made it known unto us that Zarahemla is in Iowa..."



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