The Book of Mormon Must Be True,
or it Must Be Wholly False
The Mormon Apostle Orson Prattregarded by many as the greatest mind of Mormonism put it this way:
"This book must be either true or false. If true, it is one of the most important messages ever sent from God to man, affecting both the temporal and eternal interests of every people under heaven to the same extent and in the same degree that the message of Noah affected the inhabitants of the old world. If false, it is one of the most cunning, wicked, bold, deep-laid impositions ever palmed upon the world; calculated to deceive and ruin millions who will sincerely receive it as the word of God, and will suppose themselves securely built upon the rock of truth until they are plunged, with their families, into hopeless despair.
"The nature of the message in the Book of Mormon is such that, if true, no one can possibly be saved and reject it, if false, no one can possibly be saved and receive it. Therefore, every soul in all the world is equally interested in ascertaining its truth or falsity. In a matter of such infinite importance, no person should rest satisfied with the conjectures or opinions of others. He should use every exertion himself to become acquainted with the nature of the message; he should carefully examine the evidences of which it is offered to the world; he should, with all patience and perseverance, seek to acquire a certain knowledge whether it be of God or not.
"If, after a rigid examination, it be found an imposition, it should
he extensively published to the world as such. The evidence and arguments
upon which the imposture was detected should be clearly and logically stated,
that those who have been sincerely, yet unfortunately, deceived may perceive
the nature of the deception, and be reclaimed, and that those who continue
to publish the delusion may be exposed and silenced."-Introduction
to "Divine Authenticity of the Book of Mormon." Pages 124-5.