Kinderhook Hoax Proves Smith a False Prophet

06 May

OnThisDayinMormonHistory.comApr 23, 1843 – “Robert Wiley “finds” six metal, bell-shaped plates covered with hieroglyphs while digging in a mound near Kinderhook, Illinois. The plates are found with a skeleton eleven feet below the top of the mound. There are “two mormon elders” among the dozen people witnessing the excavation. The plates are brought to Joseph Smith who says “they contain the history of the person with whom they were found and he was a descendant of Ham through the loins of Pharaoh king of Egypt, and that he received his kingdom from the ruler of heaven and earth.” In 1855 and 1879 associates of Wiley claim that the plates were a hoax gotten up by Wiley and friends to fool Smith. There is debate about the validity of the “hoax” stories until 1981 when the plates are subjected to testing which conclusively verifies their 19th-century origin and details given by the hoaxers in their manufacture.”

Proverbs 30:6; “Add thou not unto his words, Lest he reprove thee, and thou be found a liar.”

One thing is certain. Joe Smith fulfilled his mother’s comment when she said he had an active imagination.

Our reference today is about an event from 175 years ago, and while it may seem odd, it shows how Mormons are still believing the lies Smith doled out back then. It also goes to show how the Church keeps making excuses for his deviant behavior in their 1981 Ensign article.

For definitive references from church history, see our article on the Kinderhook Plates Hoax.

We want to express again that we don’t present these findings out of animosity, or strife. Our prayer for the Mormon people is for them to come to a saving knowledge of Christ, and Him crucified.

With Love in Christ;


1 Cor. 1:18

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