We’ve raised some questions about the “First appearance” story of Mormonism, and raised some questions. Now, I did some conjecture, showing how the early pursuits of Joseph Smith’s life possibly could have changed eventually into the visit from the “Angel” Moroni, son of Mormon.
That was my conjecture, and without any real basis in fact – please do not take it as “hey, this guy with a wordpress blog found the truth…” It’s conjecture. I’m going to state it seems very likely to me.
Next, let’s talk about the golden plates. Everything hinges on these plates. Without them, the entire Mormon story rises and falls. Where are the plates?
Heaven, supposedly – although rumor claims they’re in a vault in Salt Lake City. I don’t think they existed. That’s my take on it.
Where did the golden plates story come from? Again, Joseph Smith was raised hunting for gold by his father, and Smith barely eaked out a living hunting for buried treaure. By Smith’s own admission, he made only $14 a month looking for the treasure. I think he was getting taken, since he had obviously gullible audiences, who paid him time and time again, despite finding nothing. Smith could have asked for the moon!
So, with Smith looking for Gold, not too far a stretch to say he was looking for golden plates.
now, three men claim to have seen the plates – David Whitmer, Martin Harris, and Oliver Cowdery. All three men eventually left the church. Uh… if they saw the golden plates for real… they would have stayed, right? I mean… hard to put that aside.
Cowdery left Mormonism and claimed he was ashamed of his association with it. Harris supposedly recanted, but then later denied any recanting. Harris continued to waffle, at one point claiming to have held the plates, but then later telling others he’d only seen them with “spiritual eyes”. Whitmer never recanted the plates, and continued to tell others that he’d had an “Impression of the plates and the Angel”. When interviewed, Whitmer was unable to describe the Angel.
and by the admission of the three witnesses, they even said they did not see them in real life. They saw them in a vision.
So.. why did Joseph Smith not simply place the plates in his hat, and hold his seer’s stone above it for them, and let them see it? Ah, the Angel Moroni forbid him. And then Moroni took the plates away to heaven as they were not needed any longer.
THat should sound fishy to you. Now the plates can’t be seen by anyone!
Compare this to the ressurection of the Lord Jesus Christ! He appeared to Mary…. then to two followers who weren’t even disciples on the Road to Emmaus! Then to the disciples… then to 500 people!
Jesus Christ did everything openly! He didn’t hide His ressurection!
Now, lets talk about the Joseph Smith translating the plates artwork…
Here’s how it’s always pictured in dramas, artwork, and probably videos shown in Mormon temples and churches.
Plates out in the open, Joseph Smith studiously looking at the plates, reading them in a language that doesn’t even exist (“reformed egyptian”) . Are you ready to see what it really looked like?
Smith placed the “Golden plates” in a hat, the “Seer Stone” over the plate, and then put his face into the hat and dictated it. That’s the translation process.
So nobody really saw the plates. Only Smith, a known treasure hunter who took money to find treasure for people using methods… forbidden in Scripture.
We’re going to talk about that more tomorrow.