Lucy Mack Smith & Joseph’s Stories – Mormon Quotes

Ensign, January 1992, pg. 22; From his mother’s account, we know that the visions Joseph experienced while receiving Moroni’s instructions must have been vivid. She wrote: “During our evening conversations, Joseph would occasionally give us some of the most amusing recitals that could be imagined. He would describe the ancient inhabitants of this continent, their dress, mode of travelling, and the animals upon which they rode; their cities, their buildings, with every particular; their mode of warfare; and also their religious worship. This he would do with as much ease, seemingly, as if he had spent his whole life with them.” (Biographical Sketches, p. 85.)

Leviticus 19:31Regard not them that have familiar spirits, neither seek after wizards, to be defiled by them: I am the LORD your God.

The timeline is what’s important here.  Luck Mack Smith stated her son Joseph Smith, Jr. was telling these stories when he was roughly 18 years old.  Smith didn’t receive the plates for “translation” until he was 23 year old.  How did he know what they were about some 5 years before receiving them from the angel of light Moroni?


  1. EG

    The critics are good at leaving out important information, and very good at quoting out of context. The critics of the LDS church are always crying about how deceitful the LDS church is, yet the critics are the deceitful ones. The critics are very good at using ellipses, and not putting things in context. So please quit saying the LDS church is always lying, when you do the exact same thing you accuse the LDS church of doing and accuse Mormon members of doing. You want the LDS church to be honest but yet you do not practice what you preach. Try some honesty yourself.
    Fawn Brodie started this “quote” out of context, then the Tanner’s took off with it, and now the rest of you critics regurgitate it ad nauseam without the whole quote.

    Lucy Mack Smith’s quote, the full and correct version:!/paperSummary/lucy-mack-smith-history-1844-1845&p=44
    From Lucy’s 1845 manuscript, we read:

    Now said he[,] Father and Mother the angel of the Lord says that we must be careful not to proclaim these things or to mention them abroad For we do not any of us know the wickedness of the world which is so sinful that when we get the plates they will want to kill us for the sake of the gold if they know we had them…by sunset [we] were ready to be seated and give our atten undivided attention to Josephs recitals…From this time forth Joseph continued to receive instructions from time to time and every evening we gathered our children togather [together]…In the course of our evening conversations Joseph would give us some of the most ammusing [amusing] recitals which could be immagined [imagined]. he would describe the ancient inhabitants of this continent their dress their man[n]er of traveling the animals which they rode The cities that were built by them the structure of their buildings with every particular of their mode of warfare their religious worship as particularly as though he had spent his life with them…The angel informed him at one time that he might make an effort to obtain the plates the ensueing september…[4]
    It is obvious Joseph was telling his family what the Angel told him.

    B.H. Roberts also wrote: (from his critical Studies of the Book of Mormon): The face of it is first established by the testimony of the mother who bore him, Lucy Smith. Speaking of the days immediately following the revelation making known the existence of the Book of Mormon to her son…Lucy Smith in her History of the Prophet Joseph Smith, recounts how in the evening of that day, the young prophet sat up late detailing to the family the wonderful conversations he had with the angel.
    Once again, Joseph Smith told his family what the Angel told him.

  2. Colonel Arthur

    All have sin and come short of the glory of God…compared to the Devil, Mormons are Saints.

  3. Colonel Arthur

    All have sin and come short (shot) of the glory of God…compared to the devil, Mormons are saints

    • LifeAfter

      God doesn’t see it that way sir. God sees us unsaved until we accept His Son’s blood as our righteousness. Apart from that we are lost and our works are seen as unclean filthy rags as it says in Isaiah 64:6.

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