Mormon scholar explains the historical difficulty created by the Golden Plates

Historian Richard L. Bushman wants "to bring the Gold Plates out of hiding."

The record that Joseph Smith said he translated the Book of Mormon from is a token of God entering history, similar to Moses parting the Red Sea or Christ's resurrection, Bushman said.

Still, Mormons are sometimes reluctant to talk about the Golden Plates.

"I want to show that they are a powerful, resonant, sacred object that can be (compared) to other sacred objects in other religions … and that it has profound religious meaning," Bushman said Oct. 23 at Book of Mormon Lands Conference.

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