Drawing "Moroni's Lending Library" by Hunter Madsen

"Moroni's Lending Library"


What it seems we're looking at here are the miraculous plates inscribed mysteriously in "reformed Egyptian" glyphs, from which the teen Joseph Smith said he first translated the Book of Mormon in 1827, before returning the plates to the angel Moroni. 

Depending on which village raised you, this story yields either wonder or cross-examination.  Are these runes authentically divine, or yet more quackery? How can any reformed Egyptian hope to decipher them without magical, golden glasses, as Smith claimed to have been lent, by Moroni, for the purpose?  And how can a fellow purport to invent a new religion in upstate New York without offending Allah, who makes no secret of favoring instead the one-camel town of Mecca, in Saudi Arabia, even today, and evidently won't let the world forget it?

Smith died in a blaze of gunfire - some of it, his own - while attempting to leap from a window to escape an affronted Christian mob, so don't expect him to explain any of this. But the main takeaway here is, as always, that God is great. And He thinks you're reaching the age where you should consider reading glasses.

TITLE - "Moroni's Lending Library"
WHERE - Discarded routing template, sign shop, Coquitlam, British Columbia (2016)