Saturday, February 4, 2017

Just Saying...

-Church approved
-Historically Inaccurate

-Church approved
-Cartoon

-Not approved
-Accurate
-Realistic

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  4. Gospel Topics on LDS.org:
    [T]he scribes and others who observed the translation left numerous accounts that give insight into the process. Some accounts indicate that Joseph studied the characters on the plates. Most of the accounts speak of Joseph’s use of the Urim and Thummim (either the interpreters or the seer stone), and many accounts refer to his use of a single stone. According to these accounts, Joseph placed either the interpreters or the seer stone in a hat, pressed his face into the hat to block out extraneous light, and read aloud the English words that appeared on the instrument. The process as described brings to mind a passage from the Book of Mormon that speaks of God preparing “a stone, which shall shine forth in darkness unto light.”[2]

    Russell M. Nelson:
    The details of this miraculous method of translation are still not fully known. Yet we do have a few precious insights. David Whitmer wrote: “Joseph Smith would put the seer stone into a hat, and put his face in the hat, drawing it closely around his face to exclude the light; and in the darkness the spiritual light would shine. A piece of something resembling parchment would appear, and on that appeared the writing. One character at a time would appear, and under it was the interpretation in English. Brother Joseph would read off the English to Oliver Cowdery, who was his principal scribe, and when it was written down and repeated to Brother Joseph to see if it was correct, then it would disappear, and another character with the interpretation would appear. Thus the Book of Mormon was translated by the gift and power of God, and not by any power of man.” (David Whitmer, An Address to All Believers in Christ, Richmond, Mo.: n.p., 1887, p. 12.)[3]

    https://www.fairmormon.org/answers/Book_of_Mormon/Translation/The_interpreters,_seer_stone,_hat_and_the_%22gift_and_power_of_God%22#Russell_M._Nelson:_.22The_details_of_this_miraculous_method_of_translation_are_still_not_fully_known._Yet_we_do_have_a_few_precious_insights.22

    It's not like they're trying to hide it...
    The method shown in the "approved" picture is also documented:

    "The manuscripts were in the handwriting of one Oliver Cowdery, which had been written down by him, as he and Smith declared, from the translations, word for word, as made by the latter with the aid of the mammoth spectacles or Urim and Thummim, and verbally announced by him from behind a blanket-screen drawn across a dark corner of a room at his residence-for at this time the original revelation[...]"
    https://www.fairmormon.org/answers/Book_of_Mormon/Translation/Method/1846-1900

    Does the process of translation matter as much as the product?

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