I received a cheery Christmas email from a fellow Christian who noticed I was Mormon. Someone has been doing his thinking for him, and I thought I would reciprocate by giving you a chance to suggest how I might respond. His beef of the day with Mormons is that the Book of Mormon mentions the use of cement in construction in the ancient Americas (though he’s also puzzled by the reference to steel mills and copper mills, which also puzzles me since I can’t find those references in my edition). Should I abandon my faith now, or is there anything that can be said in light of this assault?
Here is the message, hot off my Inbox:
They built cement houses from the North Sea to the South Sea and from the West Sea to the East Sea. They really got me with the North and South Sea?
And with no trees around you can’t make cement without trees didn’t you know that?
And cement walls could never stand very long even the wind would knock them down
And when you find a cement house let me know
And all those steel mills and copper mills have you found them yet?
Don’t let other people do your thinking for you
God Bless and take care
You friend in Christ Ron
I’m not sure where Ron is from, but probably a place with very strong winds. I’d appreciate your helpful suggestions, even though I do address the issue of cement in the Book of Mormon in my LDSFAQ pages.