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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 ‘Mormonism Unvailed’ 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 [financially] communistic society? Do we really want to know what was in and around that stone-box/hole on 22 September 1823?”

Benson Whittle/Mormon Artist, Whittle untitled review (Provo, UT: BYU Studies, 1987), 119. Quoted in D. Michael Quinn’s Early Mormonism and the Magic World View (Salt Lake City, UT: Signature Books, 15 December 1998), 319-320.