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Joseph Smith and the Kinderhook Plates

Authors: Don Bradley and Mark Ashurst-McGee

While Joseph was living in Nauvoo, Illinois, in the spring of 1843, he was asked to translate six brass plates found in a mound outside of Kinderhook, Illinois. A translation of a portion of a plate along with a facsimile of the plates was later printed in the Church newspaper, the Times and Seasons

Years later, two of the men present when the plates were uncovered declared them to be a hoax. In 1980, the one remaining plate was identified as a modern forgery of ancient plates.

This episode had left many historians befuddled until researcher Don Bradley uncovered a vital piece of the puzzle. Read as authors Don Bradley and Mark Ashurst-McGee lay out the story of the translation of the Kinderhook plates.  

Learn more about this topic in A Reason for Faith: Navigating LDS Doctrine and Church History