First off, I have to admit that I’ve never been able to figure out how Joe Smith was able to translate gold plates as he gazed into a hat while magical sentences, and/or letters appeared…be that as it may…

Today proved to be an interesting day in the Lord! I received an e-mail from a good friend and fellow ministry worker, Lee Baker. He told me, and others, about the Church’s latest announcement made earlier today. See Ensign, ‘Joseph Smith: Strength Out of Weakness,’ December 2017 for the full story.

They’ve officially recognized Smith was gazing into his hat while translating the gold plates! Boy, oh boy, right? Wrong!

None of the images they provided actually showed Smith gazing into his hat, rather they quickly noted he was using it, but then moved on. We’re wondering why they mentioned this little caveat if they’re not going to say more? Maybe in the future…but in the meantime, we have no issues with showing images of what it must have looked like.

The other issue with their announcement?

This was originally published in December 2013 at a BYU Devotional. Why are they repeating the same announcement without really giving the truth about it???

‘…Note the flowing prose—without punctuation, without strikeouts. This was not a composition. Joseph dictated it word by word as he looked into instruments the Lord had prepared for him, including the Urim and Thummim and at times a seer stone, using a hat to shield his eyes from extraneous light…’

Again, pray for those who’ll be tricked in to the lies of this episode. No doubt there will be a few.

With Love in Christ;


1 Cor 1:18