A REFERENCE TO THE CHURCH OF JESUS CHRIST OF LATTER-DAY SAINTS
|Joseph claimed to be visited by the angel Moroni who tells him of a buried record engraved on gold plates||Joseph begins translating the gold plates||The first 116 pages of his translation are lost||Joseph publishes his translation as the Book of Mormon|
Joseph Smith claimed that three years after he received the First Vision, he had another visitation, this time by an angel named Moroni.
He called me by name, and said unto me that he was a messenger sent from the presence of God to me, and that his name was Moroni; that God had a work for me to do.... He said there was a book deposited, written upon gold plates, giving an account of the former inhabitants of this continent, and the source from whence they sprang.
— Joseph Smith
Each plate was six inches wide and eight inches long and not quite so thick as common tin. They were filled with engravings, in Egyptian characters and bound together in a volume, as the leaves of a book with three rings running through the whole. The volume was something near six inches in thickness, a part of which was sealed.
— Joseph Smith
|30 lbs||— Joseph Smith, Sr., Joseph’s Father
Historical Magazine, Vol. 8, p. 307
|40 - 50 lbs||— Martin Harris, Book of Mormon witness
Tiffany’s Monthly, Vol. 5, p. 166
|60 lds||— William Smith, Joseph’s brother
On Mormonism, p. 12
Joseph, who was about seven years old, developed a serious infection in his left leg. Dr. Nathan Smith of Dartmouth Medical School at nearby Hanover, New Hampshire, agreed to perform a new surgical procedure to try to save the boy’s leg... Joseph bravely endured as the surgeon bored into and chipped away part of his leg bone. The surgery was successful, although Joseph walked the next several years with crutches and showed signs of a slight limp the rest of his life.
— Teachings of Presidents of the Church, Joseph Smith, p.2
The plates were secreted about three miles from home... Joseph, on coming to them, took them from their secret place, and, wrapping them in his linen frock, placed them under his arm and started for home.
— Lucy Mack Smith
Joseph Smith’s mother
[Joseph] went for his book, found it safe, took off his frock, wrapt it round it, put it under his arm and run all the way home, a distance of about two miles. He said he should think it would weigh sixty pounds, and was sure it would weigh forty. On his return home, he said he was attacked by two men in the woods, and knocked them both down and made his escape, arrived safe and secured his treasure.
— Willard Chase
Joseph Smith’s former employer