long ago ideas

“When we are tired, we are attacked by ideas we conquered long ago." - Friedrich Nietzsche. Long ago, Joseph Smith and Oliver Cowdery conquered false claims that the Book of Mormon was fiction or that it came through a stone in a hat. But these old claims have resurfaced in recent years. To conquer them again, we have to return to what Joseph and Oliver taught.

Monday, May 20, 2024

1840 Edition of the Book of Mormon

Promoters of SITH (the stone-in-the-hat theory) and the related EME theory (the "Early Modern English" theory) usually don't mention the cover of the 1840 edition.


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The cover says "Translated by Joseph Smith, Jr." and "Third Edition, Carefully Revised by the Translator."

SITH/EME promoters see this as just another example of Joseph Smith misleading everyone about the origin of the Book of Mormon. 

While Joseph (and Oliver) always explained that Joseph actually translated the engravings on the plates by using the Urim and Thummim that came with the plates, the SITH/EME promoters say Joseph didn't really translate anything.

He didn't even use the Urim and Thummim (except maybe, they say, for the lost 116 pages).

Instead, Joseph merely read words that appeared on a stone he put in a hat. 

To many of us, the SITH/EME narrative is absurd.

But we can all see it proudly on display when we visit the new exhibits at the Church History Museum.

The list of SITH promoters includes most of the most prominent LDS apologists and critics alike.

We'll take a closer look soon.

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