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Some have speculated the 1842 Times and Seasons (3:753) publication identifying NEPHI (not MORONI) as the angel, might have been a clerical error.

An examination of the handwritten document reveals the word ‘Nephi*’ manipulated, with an asterisk, and the word ‘Moroni’ inserted above it, noting a “Clerical Error” at the bottom of the page – which would seem to be innocent enough.

However, 1) Joseph Smith was the editor of the Times and Seasons and would have noticed such a glaring error, and 2) Joseph Smith lived for two years after this was printed and never published a retraction.