QUOTE: “Our whole strength rests on the validity of that vision. It either occurred or it did not occur. If it did not, then this work is a fraud. If it did, then it is the most important and wonderful work under the heavens. Reflect upon it, my brethren and sisters.” -Gordon B. Hinckley, in General Conference, October 2002. [source]
QUOTE: “Do you suppose that God in person called upon Joseph Smith, our Prophet? God called upon him; but God did not come himself and call, but he sent Peter to do it. Do you not see? He sent Peter and sent Moroni to Joseph, and told him that he had got the plates. Did God come himself? No.” -Heber C. Kimball, 1857, Journal of Discourses, vol. 6, p. 29. [source]
COMMENTARY: Let me get this straight. God himself comes to earth in 1820 and nobody thinks to write it down for over fifteen years? Joseph leaves it out of his first full history of the Church? No church member is familiar with it until it is published in 1842? And even high ranking leaders of the church like Heber Kimball are ignorant of it as late as 1857? I don’t know about you, but to me that smells like something that didn’t actually happen but someone just claimed after the fact. But what do I know? I’m just another apostate.