Date: September 22, 2022 10:27PM
We know that ancient cultures had ways to write things down, even if they didn't have paper, or even parchment. They could use wax tablets. They could carve letters in clay. They could carve letters in wood and bark. They could write on rock. They could write on pottery. Instead of ink they could use things like berry juice and animal blood. Why didn't BOM people use any of that, as far as we know? Did they only know how to write on plates?
If the people needed to know what the prophets taught, was there a way to read the teachings? If there was no way to read them, they would have had to commit them to memory. Were plates mass produced? Did each person have his/her own set of scripture plates? Did the leaders hand out scriptures written on wax tablets, etc.?
The BOM makes a big deal about the leaders having plates, as if plates were so expensive that only rich kings could afford them. It talks about handing down plates from one generation to the next, but it says nothing about copying those plates so they would have spare copies if the original was lost. Nobody other than Joseph Smith has found plates, so they must have been very rare indeed.
Edited 2 time(s). Last edit at 09/22/2022 10:29PM by behindcurtain.