Recently Rod Meldrum and I had a discussion about how things have changed since he released his original set of DVDs many years ago.
The first part of the conversation is here:
The more we learn about Church history, the teachings of the prophets, and the extrinsic evidence, the more it becomes obvious that Joseph and Oliver were correct, accurate, and reliable all along when they discussed the origin and setting of the Book of Mormon.
2024 is going to be an amazing year.
A useful website looks back at Church history on a daily basis. For example,
"Joseph Smith, Frederick G. Williams, Newel K. Whitney, Oliver Cowdery, John Johnson, and Orson Hyde pray that the Lord will send his angels to watch over them and their families, protect the lives of the members of the united order [United Firm], let Joseph prevail over Doctor P. Hurlbut in court, bless the bishop with means to discharge every debt of the order, deliver the printing press from the hands of evil men, deliver Zion and gather his scattered people, and "unveil his face, that his saints might behold his glory, and dwell with him. Amen."
Hurlbut was the man who collected the affidavits published in Mormonism Unvailed in October 1834.
Mormonism Unvailed set out the stone-in-the-hat (SITH) theory, distinguishing it from the accounts that Joseph used the Urim and Thummim to translate the plates.
Here we are, 190 years later, and it turns out that certain modern LDS scholars have managed to enable Hurlbut to prevail by promoting SITH.
There are still some Latter-day Saints who prefer what Joseph and Oliver taught over what Hurlbut and other SITH sayers claimed. Most, though, apparently don't even know what Joseph and Oliver taught because their teachings are omitted from the Saints book, the Gospel Topics essays, and the vast majority of the Come Follow Me podcasts streaming on YouTube.
Hopefully 2024 will bring greater clarity as more Latter-day Saints will learn what Joseph and Oliver taught so they can make informed decisions instead of simply accepting the musings of the SITH sayers because they don't know any better.