But those who want to make informed decisions cannot rely on the M2C citation cartel.
When we read the work of the M2C intellectuals, their employees and followers, we never learn that there is an alternative narrative that supports what the prophets have taught about the New York Cumorah.
Similar tactics are being employed to promote SITH. For example, the Gospel Topics Essay on Book of Mormon Translation deliberately censors every statement by Joseph Smith when he said he translated the plates with the Urim and Thummim that came with the plates. We discussed that here:
So many LDS intellectuals have embraced SITH that we now read about it in the Ensign as if it is a fact. We discussed this development here, looking at the article that quotes David Whitmer's booklet, "An Address to all Believers in Christ."
When we read the work of the SITH promoters, we never learn that there is an alternative narrative that supports what Joseph and Oliver taught.
Actually, it wasn't just Joseph and Oliver. From Brigham Young forward, the prophets and apostles consistently taught that Joseph translated the plates with the Urim and Thummim--until 2007. Since then, the teachings of the SITH scholars have taken over.
Below is an account from John Whitmer that you probably haven't seen. Can anyone make an informed decision about the translation without knowing all the facts?
You might ask yourself, why is it that we read only about SITH lately? Especially when John Whitmer explained, as plainly as words can be, that Joseph used the Urim and Thummim in Fayette?
[Don't worry. I have an awesome answer we'll discuss soon.]
John Whitmer was one of the Fayette scribes. His handwriting is on the Original Manuscript in 1 Nephi. You can see an example here:
Here's how John described the translation process. This is a report of a sermon given by Zenas H. Gurley who had interviewed John Whitmer.