The Hill Cumorah

The Hill Cumorah

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This is a model of the hill near Palmyra, New York, where Joseph Smith retrieved the golden plates he used to translate the Book of Mormon into English. The plates were buried with other relics. The appearance of the relics was based off of descriptions by those who saw them as well as second-hand reports from both friendly and hostile sources. The Liahona is a compass-like device given from God to Lehi, a character from the Book of Mormon. The seer stones in the "spectacles" are ancient interpreting devices used by Joseph Smith part of the time while translating the Book of Mormon. The Sword of Laban was the sword gained by Nephi, the son of Lehi, from his relative Laban. Moroni, a descendant of Nephi buried these relics in a stone box in the hill after his people, the Nephites were destroyed. Moroni, one of the writers of the golden plates appeared to Joseph Smith in the 1820s as an angel, initiating his career as a prophet, seer, and revelator. After his translation of the golden plates, Joseph Smith returned the plates to the Angel Moroni at the Hill Cumorah where he saw written on the Sword of Laban, "'This sword will never be sheathed again until the kingdoms of this world become the kingdom of our God and his Christ." #Cumorah #Jesus_Christ #Joseph #Joseph_Smith #Laban #Liahona #Mormon #Mormons #Moroni #Relics #Smith #Stone_box #Thummim #Urim
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