John W. Redelfs wrote:

President Benson said the whole Church was under condemnation because we don't properly value the Book of Mormon. Has that changed? I don't think so, but I suppose I could be wrong. When I hear glowing reports about the growth of the Church, and how well we are accepted by the world on the one hand, and hear about condemnation because of our disregard of the Book of Mormon I suffer from some cognitive dissonance. I suppose there is some resolution of the two, but on the surface they seem to contradict.

Grampa Bill comments:
Can a student be doing very well in school while at the same time be facing financial ruin? Can a saint be in failing physical heath while at the same time be near having his Calling and Election made sure? Can a dictator's political and military power be near the zenith while his family life is in tatters?
I believe the two reports are measuring two different matters, both important but the spiritual health of the Church as measured by its disregard of the Book of Mormon being of immeasurably greater import.
Apples and Oranges... no dissonance. There's a lott'a tares in that there wheat field. Oh well, the Master will clean them (us?) out when the field is ripe.
Love y'all,
Grampa Bill in Savannah

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