Some time ago a friend/acquaintance of mine told me he had an appointment to meet with some Mormon missionaries – but he wasn’t comfortable making the appointment. He said he just wanted a Book of Mormon. So I gave him one.

Some months have passed since then and today he sent me an email that that included the following:

On another note, I was reading a little bit in the Book of Mormon, and I just wanted to know if there is any archaeological evidence that supports the Book of Mormon and/or Joseph Smith’s findings. And, as I read it I haven’t really found anything about Mormon practice. It all seems to be a story. So, if Mormonism is based on this book where do Mormon rituals and practice come from?

These are some pretty good questions he’s asking. I could write up answers on my own – but thought for additional insight I’d first submit this to our blog readers. How would you respond?