Long ago, ancient Jews sailed from Jerusalem to America and became it’s first settlers, and they were visited by the Savior Jesus Christ. The other ancient tribe of Israel killed them all, so God turned their skin ‘red’, creating the modern Native Americans. Before Moroni’s tribe died, his father Mormon passed the history of their race down to him, and he buried it in an ancient book written on gold plates, with two seer stones allowing the words to be translated. Moroni, as an Angel, appeared before Joseph Smith in the Biblical time of 1823, asking him to translate the documents… but adds he cannot let anyone else see the gold plates.
(This is what Mormons actually believe.)
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The angel Moroni delivering the plates of the Book of Mormon to Joseph Smith.
Joe Smith was indeed whack. He made up The Church of LDS and like PT Barnum said there’s a sucker born every minute. It’s made up from whole cloth, a bunch of really lame stories plagiarized from a bunch of nonsensical tales, written in King James English no less.
The religion was written by a man (Joe Smith) who stole every woman he wanted and married them all. 40 “wives”. King Abdullah would be proud.
Smith said that on the night of September 21, 1823, Moroni appeared to him and told him about the golden plates that were buried in a stone box a few miles from Smith’s home. Smith said that the same angel visited him various times over the course of the next six years; Smith also said that the angel visited after him to retrieve the golden plates after Smith had finished translated a portion of the writing on the plates into the Book of Mormon.