Question: What did Nathaniel Lewis claim about Joseph Smith in the Hurlbut affidavits?


Question: What did Nathaniel Lewis claim about Joseph Smith in the Hurlbut affidavits?

Nathaniel Lewis claimed that Joseph Smith, Jr. was an impostor, hypocrite and liar

(Brother-in-law to Isaac Hale and a Methodist deacon)

  • Claimed that Joseph Smith, Jr. asked his advice on whether or not he should translate the plates.
  • Claimed that Joseph told him that God commanded him to translate the plates, but that he was "afraid of the people."
  • Claimed that Joseph Smith, Jr. "frequently said to me that I should see the plates at the time appointed."
  • Claimed that Joseph Smith, Jr. said that "he, himself was deceived."
  • Claimed that Joseph Smith, Jr. was "an impostor, hypocrite and liar."

Hugh Nibley: This contradicts the claims by other critics that the Book of Mormon was intended to be a "publicity stunt"

Nibley notes that the claim made by Lewis that Joseph was "afraid of the people" contradicts the claims by other critics that the Book of Mormon was intended to be a "publicity stunt." [1]

Notes

  1. Hugh W. Nibley, Tinkling Cymbals and Sounding Brass: The Art of Telling Tales About Joseph Smith and Brigham Young (Vol. 11 of the Collected Works of Hugh Nibley), edited by David J. Whittaker, (Salt Lake City, Utah : Deseret Book Company ; Provo, Utah : Foundation for Ancient Research and Mormon Studies, 1991), 65. ISBN 0875795161. GL direct link