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How Much Weight Can a Single Source Bear? The Case of Samuel D. Tyler’s Journal Entry
|Title||How Much Weight Can a Single Source Bear? The Case of Samuel D. Tyler’s Journal Entry|
|Publication Type||Journal Article|
|Year of Publication||2013|
|Journal||Journal of the Book of Mormon and Other Restoration Scripture|
|Keywords||Book of Mormon Geography – Heartland; Early Church History; Manti (Polity); Missouri; Smith, Joseph, Jr.|
In 1838 a group of Latter-day Saints passed through Randolph County, Missouri, on their way to join the Saints at Far West. A journal entry by Samuel D. Tyler, a member of the church who traveled with this group, has led some students of the Book of Mormon to conclude that the Prophet Joseph Smith revealed the location of the ancient city of Manti spoken of in the Book of Mormon. A careful examination of the Tyler journal and other historical sources suggests that this conclusion is unwarranted.
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