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If Joseph Smith knew the Book of Mormon was a hoax, why would he dedicate his whole life to the cause and then die a martyr?

Joseph was no stranger to persecution, so if he knew his story was untrue why would he continue under such trials? Why wouldn’t he abandon what he knew was a fraud? Wouldn’t we expect him to have given up early on? 

Joseph had injuries for the rest of his life from the persecutions he experienced and was eventually killed by a mob. Joseph also experienced:

Many people suffer persecution for what they believe to be true, but Joseph would have known the true origin of the Book of Mormon. So if he knew it was a fraud it seems very odd he would have continued to live the way he did under such persecution.

Doesn’t the evidence of his life suggest that Joseph thought the Book of Mormon was true? Wouldn’t he be the best person to know if it was true or not?

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