Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Were the Mormon Tablets Actually Found in a West Virginia Giant's Burial Mound

Were the Mormon Tablets Actually Found in a West Virginia Giant's Burial Mound

Copper tablets were found near a burial mound that contained a giant skeleton in West Virginia. The tablets eventually make their way to Joseph Smith where they become the Book of Mormon.

 Discovering the Tablet
Now and Long Ago, 1969
    “During this interview she told Heck that a man named Solomon Spaulding, who said he was a preacher who came here in the summer of 1812, from Amity Village in Washington County, Pennsylvania.
   Mrs. Shearer said that Spaulding was more interested in Indian relics than in religion, and spent most of his time at Hoults, (West Virginia) across the river, digging around the old Indian road there, and places where Indian graves used to be..  She said he lived with the Heck family the first time he was here, "then left and came again," and this time lived over the river with the Hoults.  She said that some people said, afterwards, that the last time he was here he dug up some copper plates down by Pricketts Creek, "and there was some matter of queer writing on the plates that nobody could read.".....She heard, and it turned out that the copper plates were stolen from preacher Spaulding by somebody and turned over to Joseph Mormon, and it was those plates that he (Joseph Smith) started the Mormon religion.”

Giant Skeletons Unearthed Near the Road and Fort
    Mrs Shearer told Adam O Heck that schoolmaster John Beall settled here a very long time ago, and she remembered him clearly, and that when he first came here to live he found four human skeletons where Palatine is now, that - people supposed - had been washed from their graves by floods, their graves being near the river. She said she had heard that these skeletons were, every one, eight feet long.

   “A note found among the papers of Rev. Levi Shinn, founder of Shinnstown, informs that Rev Spaulding told him that he had unearthed an ancient manuscript on the Hoult property, just below the mouth of the Tygart Valley River, where the "ancient people" thousands of years ago had constructed three mounds and built a fort. Through his knowledge of hieroglyphs he had deciphered it.

  "Rev. Spaulding resolved to publish it under the name of "The Maunscript Found," and actually entered into a contract with a Mr. Patterson of Pittsburgh, to publish the same, but for some reason the contract was not fulfilled.  The manuscript remained in the possession of Mr. Patterson between two and three years before Rev. Spaulding reclaimed and recovered it."

    In the meantime a journeyman printer by the name of Sidney Rigden copied the whole manuscript, and hearing of Joseph Smith Jr.'s digging operations for money through the instrumentality of necromancy, resolved in his own mind that he would turn this wonderful manuscript to good account and make it profitable to himself. An interview takes place between Rigdon and Smith, terms agreed upon, the whole manuscript undergoes a partial revision, and in the process of time, [becomes] the Golden Bible, or Book of Mormon.
    A letter from Joseph Miller, Sr., the intimate and confidential friend of Rev. Solomon Spaulding, which was originally published thirty-one years since, or in 1839..."
     These witnesses stated that it was their belief "that Joseph Smith had, by some means, got possession of Rev. Spaulding's manuscript, and possibly made some changes to it, and called it the Book of Mormon.
    At this point I find Joseph Smith irrelevant. What is important is that there is good evidence that tablets were found. Could it be true? In the Book of Nephi it says “Jesus Christ came down from heaven and stood among the people. They were afraid to speak because they did not understand what was happening. They thought Jesus was an angel.” The Book of Mormon notes the Nephi as an initially righteous people who eventually "had fallen into a state of unbelief and awful wickedness"and were destroyed by the Lamanites c. AD 385. This reminds me of the Israelite and Moses coming to the promised land, but being delayed in Genesis 15:16, “But in the fourth generation they shall come hither again: for the iniquity of the Amorites is not yet full.” Did Christ redeem the accounted giants in the Bible, known as the Amorites after they fled to North America? Did God wipe them out in North America, just as he did in Israel for their iniquities?