Drawing "Moroni's Lending Library" by Hunter Madsen

"Moroni's Lending Library"

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

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. This is thrice wondrous. First, one wonders, are these runes authentically divine, or yet more quackery? Second, how can any reformed Egyptian hope to decipher them without magical, golden glasses, as Smith claimed to have been lent for the purpose?  And third, how can a fellow possibly purport to invent a new religion in remote upstate New York without pissing off Allah, who makes no secret of favoring instead the one-camel town of Mecca, in Saudi Arabia, even today, and won't let the world forget it?

Smith was kicked to death by an affronted Christian mob, of course, so don't expect him to explain any of this. But I think the point is, as always, that God is great. And He thinks you're reaching the age where you should consider reading glasses.