(See here for background)
From 1961 —
Read it … Test it!
This is a young man reading an all-time “best seller.” It is not an ordinary task, for the pages of the book are of gold; and the reader, unschooled in languages, must translate as he reads. This he does with Divine help.
To people without faith, the story of Joseph Smith and the “gold plates” might once have seemed incredible. All previously reported ancient records, it was claimed, had been inscribed on papyrus, on clay, or on stone – but none had been written on metal.
Now, in more than sixty different locations, archaeologists have discovered ancient records engraved upon plates of gold, silver, copper and brass. Some of these records have been laid away in stone boxes, just as the Book of Mormon plates were buried.
And what wonderful assurance these plates must have been to Joseph! Here was substance. Here were plates he was to lift, leaves he would turn, inscriptions he would examine for three long, eventful years. Here was proof in hand, tangible, lasting proof to back up the words of heavenly messengers. How could any honest, truth-seeking soul not believe the words of this straightforward frontier farm boy? Happily, those who knew him best and loved him most believed and trusted: father, mother, brothers, sisters, wife, children. So did many others who heard him tell his story with simple but earnest conviction.
And so, too, have millions of others who have since heard his story.
Joseph knew and told the truth; the plates were real, their message true. And you can read and test them, too, if you “… ask with a sincere heart, having faith in Christ (for) He will manifest the truth of it unto you …
KNOW THE TRUTH – KEEP THE FAITH