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“Many of us Mormonites today, whether pious believers or critically objective students of history, are closer in mental outlook to the position of [1834 anti-Mormonism writer Eber D.] Howe than to that of the Prophet Joseph and his early followers…Would we rant and rave, walk penniless to Missouri, witch a trove with a hazel rod, or join a communistic society? Do we really want to know what was in and around that stone-box/hole on 22 September 1823?”

~Benson Whittle/Mormon Scholar, Whittle untitled review, page 119 (1987); see also D. Michael Quinn’s Early Mormonism and the Magic World View, pages 319-320~