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How were the plates translated? OK, Joseph Smith now has these heavy plates at home. And now here's going to translate them into English. That's necessary because the plates are not written in English. That would make sense. But what were they written in? They were written in a language called Reformed Egyptian. What is Reformed Egyptian? I have no idea. There is no such language. And you ask any qualified Egyptologist about Reformed Egyptian They'll probably look at you cross-eyed. Because really it's only in the imagination of Joseph Smith. Anyway, according to Joseph Smith's story, in Joseph Smith History 1:35 It says that also that there were two stones in silver bows---and these stones, fastened to a breastplate constituted what is called the Urim and Thummim---deposited with the plates; Now, I want you to imagine in your mind's eye what's going on here He's dug up these plates. He's gone to the place where the angel told him to go. He's digging down, he finds these plates, and buried with them are what he calls the Urim and Thummim. They are stones fastened to a breastplate. And it says, "and the possession and use of these stones were what constituted 'seers' in ancient or former times; and that God had prepared them for the purpose of translated the book." The purpose of these stones being buried with the plates was so that Joseph Smith could translate the Reformed Egyptian into the English language by looking through these stones. I want you to notice the picture here, taken from the Ensign magazine, February 2001. Notice what Joseph Smith is doing. He's leaning over the gold plates. He has his right hand on top of the plates as if he's running his finger across the lines

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Posted by: mormonismresearchministry on Aug 22, 2008

How Did Joseph Smith "Translate" the Book of Mormon?

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