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“It may be admitted that some of them [Smith’s ancestors] believed in fortune telling, in warlocks and witches … Indeed it is scarcely conceivable how one could live in New England in those years and not have shared in such beliefs. To be credulous in such things was to be normal people.”

B.H. Roberts, A Comprehensive History of the Church – Volume 1 (Provo, UT: BYU Press, 1965), 26-27.