Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Moving the Records, and None too Soon

Who helped Joseph move the plates from its hiding place in a chest to under the hearth stones?
a.                  A trusted family friend
b.                  Lucy Mack Smith
c.                   Alvin Smith
d.                  The Rev. George Lane
Yesterday’s answer:
b.   Digging for treasure
In the meantime, Joseph, Jr., continued to work with his father as well as hire out to other people. One of the curious sidelines with which he became involved was seeking for buried treasure. A mild craze of this activity excited the farmers of New York in the 1820s, based partly on superstitious reliance on folk magic, partly on belief in legend and folklore of buried Indian treasure and hidden Spanish pirate hoard. Some credence was lent to the rumors when Indian burial mounds, some not far from the Smith home, actually yielded artifacts of stone, copper, and sometimes silver. It was not unusual to find men and boys spending time following tales of buried wealth, and apparently some of the Smith family, including Joseph, became involved for a time. In a way, it might be said that this was part of Joseph’s rude awakening to reality. Already he had been chastened for thinking of the gold plates as a source of income, and it is not improbable that the economic privation he knew could lead him to less sacrilegious schemes for acquiring wealth.

James B. Allen and Glen M. Leonard, The Story of the Latter-day Saints (Salt Lake City: Deseret Book, 1976), 35.

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