In the article, President Nelson mentions that the Book of Mormon coming forth was literally a miracle and a fulfillment of ancient prophecy, and that mission presidents should emphasize to their missionaries to teach the doctrines of the gospel from the Book of Mormon because of the power that lies in the text. This was not that revolutionary of a talk or an idea; the missionary handbook under the schedule section says that you should emphasize the doctrines of the gospel as taught in the Book of Mormon as part of your regular study. Also, the missionary guide Preach My Gospel has an entire chapter (chapter 5) dedicated to the Book of Mormon and how it is to be used in missionary work. I shared the post to my feed and thought that it contained some good ideas, and thought that would be the end of it.
Unfortunately, anti-Mormon propagandist and pseudo-intellectual John Dehlin just had to make this post about something it was not, as he usually does with most things. To quote from his Facebook page when he shared the article:
"This is so incredibly significant. It's a clear attempt at inoculation on the part of Elder Nelson for new mission presidents, but it is also a very clear admission that:
“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.”
"Which is to show unto the remnant of the house of Israel what great things the Lord hath done for their fathers; and that they may know the covenants of the Lord, that they are not cast off forever—And also to the convincing of the Jew and Gentile that Jesus is the Christ, the Eternal God, manifesting himself unto all nations"In short, the Book of Mormon writers were not doing in their history what David Hume was doing when he wrote The History of England; they were giving their testimony to us that Christ had ministered to them and that the same Christ still cares about us today. The historical part is merely secondary, but it is there.
John, please stick to.... Whatever it is you are good. Making arguments are not your thing. I say this as a ... listener of your podcast who occasionally enjoys it.