I came across some words of King Benjamin to his sons last night that I thought were interesting.
I would that ye should remember that these sayings are true, and also that these records are true. And behold, also the plates of Nephi, which contain the records and the sayings of our fathers from the time they left Jerusalem until now, and they are true; and we can know of their surety because we have them before our eyes. (Mosiah 1:6)
I find it interesting that King Benjamin is saying that the records are true. That is something many members of the Church say all the time about the Book of Mormon. What really makes it interesting is that King Benjamin says they are true because they can see them.
Is that what we use to determine whether something is true or not? If so, I can say my tie is true because I see it. I can say my dresser or my computer or my vehicle are true because I can see them.
Is this how Mormons use the word from the pulpit on Fast Sundays? When they say the Book of Mormon is true, are they saying it exists? Is that how the hearers interpret it?
Even more interesting is Alma the Younger’s teaching to the Zoramites:
[If] ye have faith ye hope for things which are not seen, which are true. (Alma 32:21)
Alma thinks something can be true without being seen.