9. Joseph Smith And The ‘Angel’ Moroni
New York, 1823
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One evening in New York in September 1823, 17-year-old Joseph Smith was awoken by what he would later describe as an angel dressed in clothes that were a “brilliant white.” According to this mysterious visitor, who called himself Moroni, it was his mission to direct Smith to a location where he could retrieve sacred golden plates upon which were historical writings from long ago.
Smith did as the visitor requested, and if the story is to be believed, he did indeed recover these sacred golden plates and set about translating them. It would take him 15 years to do so, and the writings would go on to form the basis and ideology of the Mormon religion. Conveniently or not, the plates were taken back by Moroni once the translation was complete.
Whereas there is obviously serious doubt as to whether the account even happened, some believe Moroni to be not an angel but an extraterrestrial being. They point to claims he apparently made of being a “former inhabitant” of the Americas long ago, which coincide with many ancient astronaut claims of an intelligent civilization present in the United States thousands of years ago. The descriptions of Moroni’s appearance being a “brilliant white” also matches other descriptions of alleged contact with alien beings. PARANORMAL,PARANORMAL,PARANORMAL