Dear LDS friends, how do you intellectually cope with the problems associated with Mormon scripture?
The BoM uses the name Isabel (a medieval name of Spanish origin), uses the Latin word "lucifer" as a proper name (also in D&C), references Greek and Aramaic (alpha, omega, raca, etc), and makes mention of a practice intimately related with the laws and practices of Rome ( forcing a person to go a mile). Why would Israelites living in American use such words?
The Book of Abraham, which was supposedly written by Abraham himself, states that he came from the land of the Chaldeans, even though the Chaldeans did not exist in the days of Abraham. It made since for Moses to mention Chaldeans because they did exist in his time, but Abraham never would have heard of such a people.
There is false prophecy in some of your scripture:
See Doctrine and Covenants section 84 for a prophecy by Joseph Smith about the temple that was supposed to be built in Missouri at the temple lot within the generation but never was. A more specific prophecy was spoken by Brigham Young years later stating essentially the same thing; it also never came to pass.
D&C 84 also claims that New York and Boston would be destroyed if they did not accept the gospel of your church (verse 114). They did not and were not.
D&C 114 claims that David Patton would perform a mission for the church, but he died before he could do so.
D&C 104:78-83 claims that the early church's debt would be forgiven. It was not.
The BoM contains prophecy that indicates that the Jews will accept the Mormon gospel before returning to Israel, yet the Jews have returned to their homeland and have not accepted your gospel. See 2 Nephi 10:7-9, 1 Nephi 19:14-16, and 2 Nephi 6:10-11.
The scrolls from which facsimiles 1-3 (published in the Pearl of Great Price) have been discovered and translated. They have nothing to do with what Joseph Smith said they did. In fact, an image that he claimed represents God sitting on his throne is actually an image of an Egyptian god with an erect penis.
There is no physical evidence that ancient Israelites ever inhabited any part of America. The Native Americans do not show traces of Israelite DNA and there is no remnant of the Hebrew language in any native dialect. There are no artifacts that indicate that great battles involving swords, horses, chariots, and large numbers of people ever happened on the continent before the Spanish arrived.
The BoM has been extensively edited since its original publication in 1830. Most of the changes have had to do with poor grammar, but a few verses were changed that could affect doctrinal interpretations (especially regarding the nature of Christ). What's more, the BoM mirrors language, grammar, and specific translations (including errors) as they relate to the King James Version of the Bible in the homologous portions of Isaiah and Matthew.
This is just a sample of the problems. I could go on for quite a while like this, but I think that it is enough. How do you guys deal with so much evidence that suggests that Joseph Smith was a false prophet?