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An analysis of claims made in the Wikipedia article "Golden plates" - Story

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An analysis of claims made in the Wikipedia article "Golden plates" - Story

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 Updated 9/21/2011

Story of the golden plates

Response to claim: "The story of the golden plates consists of how, according to Joseph Smith, Jr. and his contemporaries, the plates were found"

The author(s) of Wikipedia article "Golden plates" make(s) the following claim:

The story of the golden plates consists of how, according to Joseph Smith, Jr. and his contemporaries, the plates were found, received from the angel Moroni, translated, and returned to the angel prior to the publication of the Book of Mormon. Joseph Smith is the only source for a great deal of the story because much of it occurred at times when he was the only human witness. Nevertheless, Smith told the story to his family, friends, and acquaintances; and many of these provided second-hand accounts. Other parts of the story are derived from the statements of those who knew Smith, including several witnesses who said they saw the golden plates.

Author's sources:
  1. Summary. No citations given.

FairMormon Response

Fact checking results: This claim is based upon correct information - The author is providing knowledge concerning some particular fact, subject, or event


Response to claim: "The best known elements of the golden plates story are found in an account told by Smith in 1838"

The author(s) of Wikipedia article "Golden plates" make(s) the following claim:

The best known elements of the golden plates story are found in an account told by Smith in 1838 and incorporated into the official church histories of some Latter Day Saint movement denominations.

Author's sources:
  1. Smith (1838a) ;Roberts (1902) (official history of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints); RLDS History of the Church, vol. 1, ch. 1-2 (official history of the Community of Christ).

FairMormon Response

Fact checking results: This claim is based upon correct information - The author is providing knowledge concerning some particular fact, subject, or event


Response to claim: "The LDS Church has canonized part of this 1838 account"

The author(s) of Wikipedia article "Golden plates" make(s) the following claim:

The LDS Church has canonized part of this 1838 account as part of its scripture, The Pearl of Great Price.

FairMormon Response

Fact checking results: This claim is based upon correct information - The author is providing knowledge concerning some particular fact, subject, or event


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