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Angel Moroni's visit to Joseph Smith, Jr.
- Moroni as an "angel of Satan"—
Some critics have charged that Moroni, the resurrected prophet who gave the Book of Mormon plates to Joseph Smith, was really an angel of Satan. They base this charge on two passages in the New Testament: 2 Corinthians 11:13–15 and Galatians 1:8. (Link)
- Nephi or Moroni—
The Church teaches that Moroni was the heavenly messenger which appeared to Joseph Smith and directed him to the gold plates. Yet, some Church sources give the identity of this messenger as Nephi. Critics claim that this shows that Joseph was 'making it up as he went along.' In fact, a single misprint was reprinted a few times. But, earliest sources (even hostile ones) give the name as "Moroni". (Link)
- Joseph reported "a spirit" visiting in him in 1827—
Critics are anxious to paint Joseph's early experiences as linked to "magick" or treasure seeking. They thus argue that Joseph Smith described his first angelic visitor as "a dream" in which "a spirit" visited him three times in one night. (Link)
- Moroni would have struck his head on the ceiling?—
In one of the more absurd or desperate attacks upon Joseph's story, some critics claim that Moroni could not have stood "above the floor" because the ceiling would have been too low and he would have hit his head. Photos easily disprove this absurd claim. (Link)
- Why didn't Joseph's siblings wake up when Moroni appeared?—
Critics claim that when Moroni appeared to Joseph Smith in his room on September 21, 1823, his siblings who were sleeping in the same room should have woken up. They claim that this is evidence that Joseph's story is false. (Link)
- Church art tries to hide the presence of Joseph's siblings in bed during Moroni's appearance?—
Critics claim that no Church artwork shows Joseph's siblings asleep. The claim is false. (Link)