Question: What did G. W. Stoddard claim about Joseph Smith in the Hurlbut affidavits?

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Question: What did G. W. Stoddard claim about Joseph Smith in the Hurlbut affidavits?

G. W. Stoddard claimed that Martin Harris' "moral and religious character" did "not entitle him to respect"=

  • Claimed that Martin Harris was "industrious and enterprising" before he got involved with Mormonism.
  • Claimed that Martin Harris' "moral and religious character" did "not entitle him to respect."
  • Claimed that Martin Harris was known to "abuse his wife, by whipping her, kicking her out of bed and turning her out of doors."

John Stafford, on the other hand, claimed that Martin Harris "was an honorable farmer" but "not very religious before the Book of Mormon was published"

John Stafford, eldest son of William Stafford, would later testify, "[Martin Harris] was an honorable farmer; he was not very religious before the Book of Mormon was published." [1]

Notes

  1. William H. Kelly, "The Hill Cumorah, and the Book of Mormon," Saints' Herald 28 (1 June 1881): 167; cited in Dan Vogel (editor), Early Mormon Documents (Salt Lake City, Signature Books, 1996–2003), 5 vols, 2:123.