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Wouldn’t Joseph Smith’s family be the most likely people to know whether or not Joseph could have written the Book of Mormon?

When we look at statements made by those who are closest to Joseph it seems apparent that they did not believe he could have written the Book of Mormon himself. It is also interesting to note that all of Joseph Smith’s family believed his story including his mother and his wife.

His mother said (when challenged):

Let me tell you boldly, that that book contains the everlasting Gospel, and it was written for the salvation of your soul, by the gift and power of the Holy Ghost

Jones, Emma and Lucy, 83. 

And his wife Emma said:

“Joseph Smith … could neither write nor dictate a coherent and well-worded letter; let alone dictating a book like the Book of Mormon. And, though I was an active participant in the scenes that transpired, it is marvelous to me, ‘a marvel and a wonder,’ as much so as to any one else.”

Last Testimony of Sister Emma,” Saints’ Herald, 1 Oct. 1879, p. 290

Why would we know better than Joseph’s mother and wife as to whether he wrote the Book of Mormon?


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