Mormon Dilemmas 22

06 July

1826 Arrest of Joseph Smith

In 1826 Joseph Smith was arrested for being an imposter and trying to trick people out of money by using a seer stone placed in a hat to magically find things buried in the earth.

Smith was found guilty, fined $2.68 in court fines and released.

Since this stone in the hat trick didn’t work to find Josiah Stowell any money or hidden treasures on his property, why did it suddenly begin working for him to translate buried golden plates?

Most Mormons aren’t aware this stone used at Stowell’s farm was the same stone Smith used to translate the Book of Mormon.  Is this a dilemma for anyone?  You can read about the money and treasure seeking days of Smith in History of the Church 3:29, Joseph Smith’s Testimony and from the following resources:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joseph_Smith,_Jr.#cite_ref-36

http://richkelsey.org/1826_trial_testimonies.htm

http://richkelsey.org/on_golden_plates.htm#_edn25

http://www.suite101.com/content/joseph-smiths-gold-digging-trial-a30866

http://www.mormonwiki.org/Joseph_Smith_and_money-digging

http://www.fairwiki.org/Joseph_Smith/Money_digging

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