Then along comes me. I was trained in the scientific process by the University of Lethbridge in Alberta, Canada. It wasn't foreign for me, for I went to High School in Southern California where I took 1st place in my grade in the Science Fair for my research of the music observed by the positions of birds on telephone wires. I took 4th place in the district just missing moving on to the State finals. Needless to say I know how to develop a hypothesis and perform theory tests to confirm or disconfirm scientific truth. So in the previous post from yesterday, I discussed my discoveries with the Paleo-Hebrew language, that confirmed Joseph Smith was correct with his one verse translation from the Hebrew text of the Bible of Genesis 1:1. I made the mistake of assuming that FARMS would be the perfect place to present my work.
I mailed the organization my research and I got a letter back from John Tvednes, the Church's foremost expert in Hebrew, who is well known for his Thesis paper in school, but not much since then. He told me I was wrong and rambled off the traditional theory. So I called FARMS and talked with him directly. He said that not only was I wrong, but that Joseph Smith was "wrong". A member of the Church in a position of authority and trust believes Joseph is wrong. I called again some time later to ask if at least they knew of any other information about the King Follett Discourse and this time I was patched in to John Gee, the Church's foremost expert on Egyptian and Coptic. John wouldn't tell me Joseph was wrong, just that I was, however he did point me in the direction of a BYU lecture by Louis Zucker a professor at the University of Utah, and our conversation ended. So I sent Gee my research and I got a letter back that was in all different types of Egyptian rather than one fluid form, so translation took me awhile, but I eventually figured that's what he was doing, showing off and insulting me, literally insulting me. I went to the University of Utah and inquired about Zucker's Lecture. The library worker just photocopied it for me. It is Anti-Mormon literature. Zucker spends the whole lecture stating that Joseph was wrong. And thus that is Gee's position as well.
So then FARMS made a mistake of holding a Book of Abraham Symposium. I made sure to be in attendance. John Tvednes was the speaker and the topic had to do with supporting evidence of the Book of Abraham. So at the end of my lecture I raised my hand and asked, "It would seem that Joseph Smith's translation of Genesis 1:1 from the Hebrew text of the Bible would support the creation story in the Book of Abraham". He laughed and told the audience of what I was referring to giving a history rather than an acknowledgement or an explanation, so I again raised my hand and asked, "so are you saying Joseph Smith was wrong?" To which he immediately replied with anger, "I never said that!" The lady sitting next to me told me that that was a good question and the whole audience was now in a loud whisper all wondering what had just happened. People started getting up to leave and a BYU student came to me trying to give an explanation for my question, to which I interrupted him saying, "I know the answer". I later tried contacting FARMS again but got a letter from Daniel Peterson stating that I was to leave them alone and that I was "banned" from FARMS.
So was that the end of FARMS, nope. As a Church Service Missionary for the Church's Curriculum Department, I was pulled in by my Supervisor, who told me that he had been in contact with FARMS who told him that I was a "trouble-maker". They wanted me out of my mission service. My Supervisor, however, couldn't act on their wishes because, as a divorced person, I had to get approval for the position directly from President Hinckley. Yep, Pres. Hinckley already told my Stake Presidency to leave me alone and now I was approved by him directly to serve as a Missionary and not just approved, but I came, "highly approved". President Hinckley remembered me. And again he saved me from the attacks of other Mormons.