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How did Joseph Smith know about “stretching forth one’s hand” before an important speech?

Multiple scriptures in the Book of Mormon reference stretching forth one’s hand before an important speech. David Calabro lists 10 instances as follows:

This seems a rather deliberate yet odd description by Joseph Smith in the Book of Mormon, but the gesture of stretching forth one’s hand before an important speech has deep Mesoamerican and Egyptian roots. 

If Joseph Smith wrote the Book of Mormon wouldn’t we expect him to write fairly basic descriptions of speeches? How would Joseph know about this small detail? How did he remember to include this when dictating the Book of Mormon?

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