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Ensign Online: Elder Marlin K. Jensen on Future Joseph Smith Papers Volume

Elder Marlin K. Jensen, the Church Historian and Recorder, has written an online article about an upcoming volume of The Joseph Smith Papers in the “Revelations and Translations” series in the project. According to the Ensign’s Web site, the volume “contains many of the earliest known copies of the revelations received by Joseph Smith and provides insights into the revelatory process.”

Church history buffs will not want to miss Elder Jensen’s insights into the editorial process of the project, as well as the specific content of the “Revelations and Translations” series, the first volume of which will be released sometime in 2009.


3 Responses

  1. My kids saw a SouthPark episode wherein Jos. Smith Jr. pulled revelation out of a hat. You would be surprised how many people believe something like this of Jos. Smith, Jr. I welcome scolarship on the subject.

  2. Sister:

    Why are you lettin your precious babies from Heavenly Father’s pre-mortal kingdom watch that blasphemous stuff. If they showed Jo Smith usin peep stones and a top hat to tell the story of the golden bible, then that’s how it happen. Why don’t you pray about it and read Richard Bushman’s book-and a favorite of big ole Dick Richards here-A Rough Stone Rolling. Read that and in their he’ll tell you how it happened.

    Jo Smith had a hat and peep stones and a curtain. He got them peep stones from his treasure huntin days. They called them stones “seer stones” cause they had special powers and stuff. With his special powers and our Heavenly Father’s help, he told the story of them raving Indian lunatic Lamanites and those likeable fellows, the Nephites. He’d look into the hat, and then tell that Cowdery fella what he saw! It was God magic! And just like that he wrote the BOM. Even lil Emma would sometimes write down ole Jo’s revelations.

  3. Kim: I think Dick Richards made your point for you. Though much of what he wrote was loosely connected to facts of some kind, he treated it so lightly, smugly, and flippantly that you can’t take it all that seriously. As you said, serious scholarship for serious people. Let the rest continue taking their potshots from within the boundaries of Clever-Clever Land.

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