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Nature of prophets
: The History of the Church
makes references to Joseph Smith "wrestling." It is claimed that this indicates that Joseph was a violent man. However, these quotes are simply speaking of the recreational sport of wrestling.
: It is claimed that references to a struggle involving a "pulling up" motion indicates that Joseph was a violent man. However, this is a description that would, in fact, fit one of Joseph Smith's favorite recreational games: Stick-pulling.
: Specific accusations of Joseph Smith having uttered "false prophecy" are treated in these subarticles.
: Some critics say that Latter-day Saint prophets aren't really "prophets" because they don't prophesy by foretelling unknown events. They commonly issue challenges such as, "If Gordon B. Hinckley is a prophet, tell me one event that he's prophesied." Do LDS prophets "prophesy"?