Basically, in summary:
Mark William Hofmann (born December 7, 1954) is an American counterfeiter, forger and convicted murderer. Widely regarded as one of the most accomplished forgers in history, Hofmann is especially noted for his creation of documents related to the history of the Latter Day Saint movement. When Hofmann’s schemes began to unravel, he constructed bombs to murder two people in Salt Lake City, Utah. He has been serving a life sentence at the Utah State Prison in Draper since 1988.
The reply from the Latter Day Saints organization is thus:
Despite the Church’s publication of a complete list of its acquisitions from Hofmann, the allegations of suppression continued. For example, an 11 February 1987 New York Times feature states:
“According to investigators, the church leaders purchased from Mr. Hofmann and then hid in a vault a number of 19th-century letters and other documents that cast doubt on the church’s official version of its history.”
This kind of character assassination attributed to anonymous “investigators” has been all too common throughout the media coverage of this whole event. One wonders why the New York Times would not mention in its long article that almost a year earlier the Church had published a detailed list of its Hofmann acquisitions? Is the Times’ motto still “All the news that’s fit to print,” or has it become “All the news that fits a particular perspective”?
Also conveniently omitted from mention in most of the repetitious media recitals of the Church’s “suppression” of documents is the fact that the most prominent Hofmann documents used to attack the origins of the Church—including Martin Harris’ so-called Salamander letter, Joseph Smith’s treasure-hunting letter to Josiah Stowel, and the Joseph Smith III blessing—were all made public by the Church many months before the bombings triggered intense public interest in this subject. We should also remember the Church’s repeated cautions about the authenticity of these documents. For example, President Gordon B. Hinckley said this about the Martin Harris letter:
“No one, of course, can be certain that Martin Harris wrote the document. However, at this point we accept the judgment of the examiner that there is no indication that it is a forgery. This does not preclude the possibility that it may have been forged at a time when the Church had many enemies.” (News Release, 28 Apr. 1985.)
Another document that has been headlined in these charges of suppression is the so-called Oliver Cowdery History. This mythical manuscript has been the subject of hundreds of column inches of newspaper speculation and innuendo because an anonymous source claimed to have seen it in the Church’s possession. The so-called “deep throat” source also claimed that the manuscript’s contents were embarrassing to the Church—specifically, that it was Alvin Smith, not Joseph, who found the golden plates. This was the basis for the critics’ reasoning that the Church had an Oliver Cowdery History and was suppressing it.
In a few minutes I will describe the conclusion of this particular allegation of suppression. Suffice it to say now that as far as we were able to determine in the months that followed, the so-called Oliver Cowdery History was a figment of someone’s fertile imagination. Mark Hofmann has now admitted that he was the one who invented the story. Hofmann’s claim that the Church possessed a damaging document acquired a life of its own because too many unsophisticated persons were quick to repeat and embellish sensational rumors hurtful to the Church, and too many newspapers and television stations were eager to trumpet the unauthenticated claims of an anonymous informant.
These are merely two excerpts out of the total sum of my research on this topic, which I found out via correlative processes unique to my methodology. It’s no different than what many researchers of Islamic Jihad have done concerning the European Dark Age, African slavery, and Islamic piracy links. Gather data, connect the dots, then stand amazed that even though the world rejects it, it becomes true and accurate as time goes on. Almost like growing a herb.
In other words, vis a vis the NYTimes and New York culture, the history doesn’t so much repeat itself as it rhymes. And it also repeats itself.
As for my view, I think humans are easy to con and deceive, even more so for self proclaimed Saints of Christianity, who are not noted for being capable of out thinking or out predicting murderers or con artists. That is very different from defeating an entity like God or a 4th+ dimensional entity which sees time the way we see crossing the street. The existence of evil I have more than found enough evidence for. The existence of its opposing element, thus becomes more concrete over time, not less. I see the calling cards of the war between good and evil all the time around me, in the human world. Hoffman is a perfect example of the inverted Paul to Saul conversion, or perhaps Hoffman was always sociopathic in that nature, although not all sociopaths are evil. Being given excellent abilities and then choosing to use those abilities for evil and Lucifer’s gain in the world, is a natural thing to expect as a byproduct of human free will, for so long as that exists, the opposite must also exist.
Let those who cannot tell truth from fiction, ask of God what is the truth, and beware of the deceptions of the opposing force/faction. That is, of course, if people believe or can prove that a personal God even exists. Higher powers almost certainly exist, even if atheists merely think of them as alien Gaia lovers. Trust not in human capabilities, for demonic or divine inspirations are always superior to human capabilities. Nor do “experts” know what they are talking about, when it comes to true genius, those who are gifted with capabilities exceeding average human expectations. That, for America’s Civil War 2, will be even more important as we proceed along this finely crafted line of fate.