Archaeologists Discover Golden Plates Believed to Be Linked to Joseph Smith Jr.

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Manchester, NY| A team of archaeologists excavating a drumlin known as  Mormon hill or the Cumorah, in western New York, have discovered a set of gold plates which they believe could be linked to the founder of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Joseph Smith Jr.

The scientists, led by Professor Abraham Jones, are associated with the Brigham Young University’s faculty of archaeology. They were using advanced metal detectors, lasers and other ground-penetrating imaging technology to look for underground structures, when they noticed a small cave-like cavity.

They dug up the entrance, which was buried under a dozen feet of rocks and dirt, and explored the very exiguous cavern. The walls and ceiling were covered with ancient traces of soot, presumably from torches, suggesting the cave had been visited many times in the past. On top of a large flat stone resembling an altar, they found what looks like a book made of metal plates.

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The scientists explored the mysterious cavern, but have not been able to recover any other artifact. They have found, however, a few signs of human activity like the ashes of two ancient campfires.

The “book” is made of a set of twelve metal plates, each measuring six inches (15 cm) in width, eight inches (20 cm) in length approximately half an inch (1.27 centimeter) in thickness. The plates are made of a copper-gold alloy, and are held together by three D-shaped rings, forming a sort of book.  The entire volume measures a total of nearly six inches [15 cm] in thickness and weights 59 pounds (26.76 kg).

The plates are covered with mysterious symbols, very similar to the  “reformed Egyptian” characters, written by Joseph Smith Jr. on the document known as the “Anthon Transcript”. Many of the symbols on the plates found by the archaeologists are identical to those drawn by the prophet, in 1928.

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LDS scholars have hypothesized that the reformed Egyptian writing could have developed from other modified Egyptian scripts such as hieratic, a priestly shorthand for hieroglyphics.

Joseph Smith Jr. is said to have found similar golden plates on September 22, 1823, in a hill near his home in Manchester, New York. He claimed that an angel named Moroni had directed him to a buried stone box, containing a set of gold plates, covered with strange symbols.

Smith translated the text of the Book of Mormon over the next several years by using a seer stone, which he placed in the bottom of a hat and then placed the hat over his face to view the words written within the stone. He finally published the book in 1830, which was meant to be a complement to the Bible.

This new discovery could be the most important material and historical proof ever found, to back the claims of Joseph Smith Jr. Professor Jones and the scientists from Brigham Young University will now perform an extensive series of tests and analysis to determine if the plates could indeed be linked to the prophet.

 

 

15 Comments on "Archaeologists Discover Golden Plates Believed to Be Linked to Joseph Smith Jr."

  1. dominguez monica beatriz | April 29, 2015 at 2:56 am | Reply

    EL LIBRO DE MORMÓN ES OTRO TESTAMENTO DE JESUCRISTO Y SU MISIÓN DIVINA,CONTIENE LA PLENITUD DEL EVANGELIO Y DA LAS RESPUESTA A LAS TANTAS PREGUNTAS QUE LA BIBLIA NO CONTIENE COMO POR EJEMPLO ¿QUIEN SON LAS OTRAS OVEJAS QUE CRISTO HIZO REFERENCIA EN SU MINISTERIO? SU VISITA A ELLAS Y SU OBRA ENTRE ELLOS…SOLO HAY QUE LEERLO Y PONER A PRUEBA SU PROMESA DE PREGUNTAR A DIOS SOBRE SU VERACIDAD Y SI LO HACES CON UN CORAZÓN SINCERO CON VERDADERA INTENCIÓN TENIENDO FE EN CRISTO EL PADRE DARÁ LA RESPUESTA Y NO HABRÁ PARTE DE TU SER QUE PUEDA NE GARLO….”la verdad es la verdad y no necesita que nadie la defienda”

    • see estan burlando de ustedes,es solo una satira,por favor,no defiendan lo indefendible primeor infromense

  2. What ever the origins of the Book of Mormon were are of less consequence than the incredible influence the book has had on millions of people to be good and to do good and to remember the Lord Jesus Christ.

  3. I’m not understanding why so much name-calling is happening on this one. It’s just announcing the initial findings. Y’all can freak out AFTER some conclusion is actually drawn. No wonder our country is falling apart with everyone so quick to jump to conclusions.

    • No doubt the church will hide this “important” finding away in their archive, to be analyzed by BYU “scholars” and other (paid) third party “experts”

    • Other Religions allow independent study of discovered artifacts, such as the Catholic Church has allowed extensive studies of the Shroud of Turin and the past and ongoing “miracles” at Lourdes, France. The world at large will not accept determinations made only by LDS and those under their authority.

  4. It is likely Moroni kept a second book as a journel during his last days. If only we could read see what it says.

    • JesusFreak | June 2, 2015 at 11:36 pm |

      Just ask your “prophet” to read it. He’s sure to be able to come up with something.

  5. Chris, please post the follow up to this. I haven’t heard anything about it.

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