“One Day in the Life of Joseph Smith, Amazing ‘Translator’ of the Book of Mormon”


A rare color photo of the Palmyra Public Library in 1828, or else of the Widener Library at Harvard University in 2013. (Researchers continue to debate this vexing topic.)


A small mini-play, a kind of docudrama based (of course) only on the facts, that will show you exactly how it was done:




Some dialogue — and, by “some,” I mean “all” — has been invented in order to flesh the story out for dramatic purposes.


Posted from Park City, Utah.



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  • http://and-still-i-persist.com bfwebster

    Heh. I think it was Wilfred Griggs — when I was taking his ‘Greek New Testament’ class back in the 70s — who said he always wanted to write a paper, “Joseph Smith in the British Library: The Early Years”.

    • DanielPeterson

      Bill Hamblin and I have talked about writing an article entitled “Joseph Smith: The Cambridge Years.”

      Independent invention, I think. But the same stimulus from silly criticisms.

      • Scott Pierson

        Stop the silliness and fun making. It’s as though you guys feel like Joseph Smith didn’t have actual, real access to information back in those days. Haven’t you ever heard of the Hinternet? It was in widespread use back then.

        • RaymondSwenson

          Yes, when Joseph was recorded by his scribes as referring to his “seer stone” he was actually speaking about his “seer phone”, an early form of solar powered data storage and textual communication device, whose light output was so low that it became more readable when other sources of light were excluded. It was a closely guarded secret developed for George Washington and the Marquis de la Fayette (note the connection to the name of the site where the Church was organized in 1830) by Ben Franklin in cooperation with scientists in Paris, including Lavoisier, and remained classified as Top Secret–Special Compartmentalzed Information until it was announced as being an invention of the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, establishing the public Internet with a major contribution by Mormon scientists Evans and Sutherland at University of Utah, who had been granted special access to the Church Archives in Salt Lake City in return for consulting on the family history database system. There has been speculation that Franklin’s contribution to what he called the Powhatan Project was based on perusal of Sir Isaac Newton’s writings about the scientific and religious implications of the “Philosopher’s Stone”

          • Roger Nicholson

            I believe that Joseph had an iStone.

      • Bruce Webster

        I do note that Jeff left out “The Campaigns of Alexander” by Arrian, which Joseph clearly cribbed from for his war chapters: http://adventures-in-mormonism.com/2008/06/09/new-light-on-book-of-mormon-origins/

      • Bruce Webster

        And here’s some more serious discussion of those parallels, which I think argue for the historicity of the Book of Mormon and against Joseph Smith as author/inventor: http://adventures-in-mormonism.com/2008/06/10/book-of-mormon-origins-cont/

  • Bob Oliverio

    No doubt his ihat came w voice recognition to assist in making the 65 day process!
    And while most entertainers were using such “top wear” for producing rabbits, Joseph introduced America to Tapirs with his!