QUOTE: “Joseph Smith would put the seer stone into a hat, and put his face in the hat, drawing it closely around his face to exclude the light; and in the darkness the spiritual light would shine. A piece of something resembling parchment would appear, and on that appeared the writing. One character at a time would appear, and under it was the interpretation in English. Brother Joseph would read off the English to Oliver Cowdery, who was his principal scribe, and when it was written down and repeated to Brother Joseph to see if it was correct, then it would disappear, and another character with the interpretation would appear. Thus the Book of Mormon was translated by the gift and power of God, and not by any power of man.” -David Whitmer, An Address to All Believers in Christ, p. 12. [source]
COMMENTARY: Over how many miles did Moroni lug the plates before burying them in New York? Seems he could have saved himself the trouble if God had bothered to tell him about the stone in the hat trick. But what do I know? I’m just another apostate.
Nothing sells a shitty narrative like a compelling story about how it came to exist.