July 2, 2014

Book examines pivotal moment in US history: Joseph Smith’s murder

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The Mormon Church has released images of a stone used by Joseph Smith, Jr., to translate symbols on gold plates into the test for the Book of Mormon.

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The Mormon Church has released images of a stone used by Joseph Smith, Jr., to translate symbols on gold plates into the test for the Book of Mormon.

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(RNS) The assassination of Mormon church founder Joseph Smith provides rich insights into mob violence in 19th-century America and the country’s failure to protect religious freedom for unpopular churches, says the author of a new book.