Interview with the President
As the elders walked home that night they had a lot to talk about.
“Do you think Chris really did see the cave with all the Book of Mormon plates in it,” asked elder Edwards?
“I don’t know. But he really seems to be sincere, and for a non-member, he certainly knows a lot about the Book of Mormon,” responded elder Thomas. “But next time we’ll have to teach him a lesson. He talked so much we really didn’t have a chance to get a lesson in.”
“I know. It was almost like he was bearing his testimony to us about the Book of Mormon. You don’t hear that every day from a non-member.”
As they walked home they wondered about all the details Chris had told them about his experiences, and made plans for their next visit. Fortunately they had remembered to make another appointment before they left. They were to return in two days. Chris seemed eager to have them come back. They weren’t sure about Concha. She hadn’t said much all evening and had just sat observing. But she had been friendly.
“With all Chris knows about the Book of Mormon, and the way he seems to believe in it, why do you think he has never joined the church,” wondered Elder Thomas?
“I was wondering the same thing. Maybe there is more to his story than he told us. Or maybe he has some worthiness problems. We’ll just have to wait and see how he responds to the lessons. But on the surface he appears to be a great investigator.”
They were so engrossed in their conversation that they never even noticed the neighbor’s dog that always came out and barked at them. He was a perpetual annoyance and they usually picked up some rocks to ward him off in case he got too close. But this night they forgot all about him and fortunately the dog kept his distance.
“His name is Chris Castillo. We were only there for an hour so he didn’t have enough time to tell us the complete story, but he claims that he and a friend had been looking for the cave for a number of years. They had studied the Book of Mormon and figured out the geography, so they were able to locate the Hill Cumorah where the last battle took place. Anyway, after searching the mountain for some time, they were able to locate the cave using a high-powered metal detector. Originally they had only wanted to locate the cave, but when they found it, the friend became obsessed with seeing inside and finally broke into it. It was full of records and artifacts just like the stories in church history describe. But then the friend decided to take just one of the plates as a souvenir. That is when everything started to go wrong. Chris was at the entrance trying to get his friend to leave things alone and come out when there was an earthquake and the entrance caved in. Chris panicked and started to run down the mountain to try and get help to get his friend out. It started to rain and lightening was striking all around him. That was the last thing he remembers. Those that found him told him he had been struck by lightening. He has been blind ever since. They never did find his friend, and he can’t remember the location or any of the details of where the cave is.”
“Did he tell you where the this ‘Hill Cumorah’ is located?”
“Yes. He said the hill was in southeastern Guatemala, near the ocean, and by a beautiful lake.”
“Well that clinches it! He’s a fake! The Hill Cumorah is located somewhere in Southern Mexico. I’ve been studying this for years now, and that is the only logical place it can be. Southeastern Guatemala is way off the mark. Cumorah has to be in the land northward, and the land northward is above the Isthmus of Tehuantepec in southern Mexico. I don’t think I would believe a word he says.”
“Well, what shall we do? We have an appointment with him tomorrow and I’m sure he’ll keep it. He seems very interested. We need to give him the first lesson. He talked so much last time, that we weren’t able to give him a discussion.”
“All right! Keep your appointment and teach him the discussions, but don’t talk about his fantasies, all right?”
“OK we’ll try, but he is rather insistent.”
“All right Elders, enough of that. Now let’s talk about your goals.”