“For He said that the history of his people should be engraven upon his other plates, and that I should preserve these plates and hand them down unot my seed from greneration to generation. “ (Jacob 1:3)
This question keeps coming back to me. Why plates? My neighbor tells me that it was because they didn’t have paper back then. Of course that isn’t quite true. The Israelites had been in the habit of writing on paper for a long time, by the time Nephi supposedly came over to the New world. Papyrus was common. Vellum was plentiful. Even the Indians knew how to draw on a buffalo hide. One person told me it was so that they would last and we would have the record today. That doesn’t make sense either as no one has seen these supposed plates in over a hundred years, and it is doubtful anyone ever saw them, as it is doubtful that they ever existed. Yet to this day we have manuscripts of the Old Testament over Two Thousand years old. Seems paper actually outlived the plates.
That is just one of those quandaries. Am I to expect that a culture that could build ships, smith swords, etc. couldn’t figure out how to draw on an animal hide, or tree bark as the Maya did? Where are these plates?