by Brother Jake (bio)
So, I decided to summarize the Book of Mormon.
Let me start out with a disclaimer: the purpose of this video was not to present a balanced overview of the Book of Mormon as a whole. Rather, I wanted to demonstrate that many of these Book of Mormon "greatest hits" we often recite have pretty disturbing subtexts, and we should be more mindful of that.
Honestly, I like the Book of Mormon. I do. I think it has a great story arc (birth and death of a nation, etc.), some fascinating characters (I mean, Amalikiah? Dissenter who becomes king of the archenemy? That's straight up Shakespearian!), and is pretty theologically rich (2nd Nephi 2's interpretation of the Adam and Eve narrative seems particularly forward-thinking).
But I wonder—are the Book of Mormon stories we commonly repeat to children and new converts and investigators really promoting the values we think they are? And if not, how should we approach them differently?