If Joseph Smith was a prophet, then the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints is the same Church that Christ established while He was on the earth. So the question of all questions deals with the truthfulness of Book of Mormon.All of the other things that come up are only worth talking about if the Book of Mormon is true which is why I can’t figure out why so many people spend so much time criticizing all of the other aspects or doctrines of the Church.
This causes clashes with science on various issues, including creatio ex nihilo (creation from nothing), evolution, and the age of the earth.
I have no problem with people have personal beliefs regarding any of this.
In Gospel Doctrine and Essentials classes, we are discussing Creation, Falk, etc.
Fundamentalist Christians, which includes some Mormons, insist on literal historicity of all scripture,, including the early chapters of Genesis.
They were taking the word of their pastor, or mom, or friend and writing off the book for good.