Date: January 05, 2020 11:18AM
I love this, ptbarnum.
Yes, "The Book of Mormon" was my most hated book that I ever read, and I have read a lot of books from a literary standpoint. I've often wondered what a religious scholar would think of the BOM, and now we know! Thank you for your input!
Likewise, I have sat through many classes, business seminars, and tedious business meetings, and have never been bored. I was always able to learn something new, or to be reinforced in something I already knew, or to gain a new perspective on something old, or to be buoyed up in spirit and motivation--there was always something to be gained by even the most boring sessions. But--Book of Mormon classes numbed my mind into a soporific state. I was unable to pay attention, unable to memorize the garbage, or make sense of it, or care about it, or do well on tests. At BYU, I was convinced that I had "stupor of thought". I sat in the back and wrote letters home. In my other classes, I got straight A's, but in religion classes, I got C's.
I was manipulated into reading that darned BOM 5 times, and it never did make sense or resonate with me. The only parts that were tolerable were the parts that JS plagiarized from the Bible. It was the only book I ever considered burning. (I never read Mein Kamph). No, I didn't burn our Mormon books, but recycled them, to avoid other people reading that junk.
All along, I was convinced that there was something wrong with me, that I didn't love the BOM. I was taught that I was supposed to read it every night and/or every morning, and I know many Mormons who claimed that they did that. What a punishment that would have been, every day of my life!
Just like the temple being pushed as "The greatest spiritual experience, ever." the BOM was NOT "The most true, the most pure testament of Christ, ever."