SITH matching quiz. Put the number of the statement in the box with the actual author:
1. the plates of the Book of Mormon weren’t directly used
in the process of their translation
2. I obtained
them and the Urim and Thummim with them, by the means of which I translated
plates, therefore, which had been so much talked of, were found to be of no
manner of use… Instead of looking at the characters inscribed upon the
plates, the prophet was obliged to resort to the old “peep stone,” which he
formerly used in money-digging.
continued, uninterrupted, to write from his mouth, as he translated with the
Urim and Thummim, or, as the Nephites would have said, Interpreters,’ the
history or record
Eber D. Howe
5. The Urim
and Thummim [were] handed down from one generation to another, and finally
buried up in Ontario county, some fifteen centuries since, to enable Smith to
translate the plates without looking at them !
6. We are
informed that Smith used a stone in a hat, for the purpose of translating the
plates. The spectacles and plates were found together, but were taken from
him and hid up again before he had translated one word, and he has never seen
them since — this is Smith's own story. Let
us ask, what use have- the plates been or the spectacles, so long as they
have in no sense been used?
7. Joseph Smith’s claim that he used the Urim and Thummim is only partially true; and Oliver Cowdery’s statements that Joseph used the original instrument while he, Oliver, was the scribe appear to be intentionally misleading.”
It's a bit of a trick question. #2 is Joseph Smith. #4 is Oliver Cowdery. The rest are interchangeable; i.e., they could have been written by Dehlin, Welch, Skousen, Howe or Peterson, all of whom teach that Joseph didn't actually use the plates to translate but instead read words off a stone he put in a hat.
If this sounds incredible, read on.
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The first statement in the quiz actually comes from Book of Mormon Central, through its latest affiliate, Evidence Central.
In its latest set of Orwellian "Book of Mormon Evidence" articles, Book of Mormon Central insists "the plates of the Book of Mormon weren't directly used in the process of translation."
For many Latter-day Saints, that assertion is preposterous. But for the M2C scholars and critics mentioned above, the assertion is not only a customary but mandatory belief.
After all, the core value of both Book of Mormon Central (BMC) and Mormon Stories seems to be rejecting and repudiating what Joseph and Oliver claimed about the origin and setting of the Book of Mormon, replacing what they taught with the theories of scholars.
Actually, it's not even Jack Welch and Dan Peterson and their followers who have come up with these theories.
Mormonism Unvailed published these theories in 1834. Statements 3, 5 and 6 from the quiz are from Mormonism Unvailed by Eber D. Howe. Although the statements read like the script from Dan Peterson's Witnesses movie, or any number of Jack Welch's "kno-why" or evidence articles, they are actually from Mormonism Unvailed, page 18, which you can see here:
BMC is merely regurgitating the Mormonism Unvailed narrative and dressing it up so they can sell it to Latter-day Saints. They seem to think that Joseph and Oliver misled everyone and the Church would grow better by replacing their narrative with the Eber D. Howe narrative from Mormonism Unvailed.
We can all see that Joseph and Oliver denounced Mormonism Unvailed and explicitly refuted its claims about SITH.
Nevertheless, our wonderful scholars at Book of Mormon Central (and the Interpreter) have decided that Mormonism Unvailed told the "true" history of the origins of the Book of Mormon.
Now BMC asks the same rhetorical question Mormonism Unvailed posed in 1834 (statement 6 above).
Instead of responding the way Joseph and Oliver did--by explaining that Joseph did use the plates--BMC offers a set of answers that merely reinforce the absurdity of the SITH narrative.
You really have to read this explanation of the "Purpose of the Plates" to see how fully Book of Mormon Central has adopted and embraced the narrative from Mormonism Unvailed.