And so it is with the Book of Abraham.
Verily, verily, I say unto you, if you desire a further witness, cast your mind upon the night that you cried unto me in your heart, that you might know concerning the truth of these things. Did I not speak peace to your mind concerning the matter? What greater witness can you have than from God? (D&C 6:22-23)
Since Joseph Smith is a true prophet, and since the Book of Abraham is a true book of scripture, our investigation of peripheral Book of Abraham information should be with minimal concern in relation to adjusting our assumptions. Increasing our understanding and expanding our perspective should be our purpose, and as Brigham Young taught, "If you can find a truth in heaven, earth, or hell, it belongs to our doctrine. We believe it; it is ours; we claim it."3 Let us seek for what is true and ask for the Lord's guidance as we try to understand relevant information related to the Book of Abraham.
2 Anthony Leahy, "Editorial Foreword," Journal of Egyptian Archaeology 76 (1990): vii; as cited by John Gee in "A Tragedy of Errors: A Review of By His Own Hand Upon Papyrus: A New Look at the Joseph Smith Papyri by Charles M. Larson," FARMS Review 4/1 (1992): 103
3 Brigham Young, Journal of Discourses (April 24, 1870), 13:335