Because of her family’s hospitality toward searching and studying, Sister Kimball says, “I’ve always had an inquiring mind. I’m not satisfied just to accept things. I like to follow through and study things out. I learned early to put aside those gospel questions that I couldn’t answer. I had a shelf of things I didn’t understand, but as I’ve grown older and studied and prayed and thought about each problem, one by one I’ve been able to better understand them.”
- priesthood ban
- historical issues / MMM / Joseph Smith / BOM historicity / BOA / restoration detail discrepancies
experiences they’ve had as a detective since that case have given them new perspective
new evidence has emerged. For example, DNA evidence and fingerprint evidence (and other forensic sciences) have changed substantially over the last decade, casting new light on old crimes.
similarities to subsequent crimes can change the overall understanding of the case
evidence relating to witnesses or suspects or even victims can emerge or change over time
So, this analogy works better for me, but also puts these issues in the realm of “hobby” in my mind. These are issues that are a curiosity, something fun to explore, and while they are personally important to the individual, they may or may not be “solvable” or “conclusive” cases. We just have to make a decision based on the evidence we have, or move on and revisit them later. Once you’ve made a decision on a case, right or wrong, you tend to move on past it and work on another issue.
Does the “cold case” analogy work for you? What are your cold cases? Are there cold cases you’ve ultimately solved to your satisfaction or do you hang onto them and mull them over again every so often? Discuss.