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Would Joseph Smith have spent around 450 hours engraving the characters on the plates?

In addition to the estimated 480 hours needed to hammer out the plates, Joseph would also have needed to engrave the characters. Eyewitnesses and others described the engravings:

Kyler Rasmussen estimated that it would have taken around 450 hours engraving the characters. This takes the total time needed to nearly 1,000 hours for Joseph to create the plates. No doubt he could not have spent a four-week period working full-time on them, so the entire process would have taken a very long time to complete. 

How likely is this to have happened? What motivation would Joseph have for taking so much time and physical effort in creating a fraud?


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