People in Mormonism often argue if the Golden Plates were all gold or only had the appearance of gold. That is why it is important to find out the truth of the matter. It is in the Book of Mormon introduction page that says, “The book was written by many ancient prophets by the spirit of prophecy and revelation. Their words, written on gold plates, were quoted and abridged by a prophet-historian named Mormon.” (Book Of Mormon Introduction) Joseph Smith even said, “there was a book deposited, written upon gold plates, giving an account of the former inhabitants of this continent, and the source from whence they sprang. He also said that the fulness of the everlasting Gospel was contained in it, as delivered by the Savior to the ancient inhabitants.” (The Testimony Of the Prophet Joseph Smith) Does it say the appearance of gold in the introduction of the Book of Mormon or in Joseph Smith’s testimony? No. And if pure gold, then the weight would be around 201 pounds. See below on the weight of the plates…
“His description of the gold plates has several names in geometry: it can be called cuboid, right rectangular prism, rectangular box, rectangular hexahedron and right cuboid . This geometrical shape is the same of any book or shoe box. We make the assumption that this geometrical shape is made of 100% gold. There is relationship between mass and volume called density. The density formula is d=m/v, and therefore m=dv: when d=density, m=mass and v=volume. The volume of the rectangular prism is v=lwh, where l=length, w=thickness or width and h=height. The volume of the “golden plates” is equal to 6x6x8= 288 cubic inches. One inch has 2.54 cm and a cubic inch has 2.543 or 16,39 cubic centimeters. So, the Smith’s plates measures 288×16,39 cubic centimeter or 4720,32 cubic centimeters.” (Weight Of The Golden Plates)
“The density of gold at room temperature is 19,3 g/cubic centimeter. And m=dv, the mass of the plates is 4720.32×19.3=91102,18 grams or 91,10 Kg. A pound is 0,453 kg so 91,10/0,453 equals 201 pounds (91 kg). Using the wiki database you can conclude that he must be a very strong man. We must make the assumption that the plates are made of gold. However, he did the claim it once, but he always said that they were golden. In order to get a golden alloy with copper, silver and gold we have to have a composition of about 15%, 70% and 15% respectively. The weight of the plates lowers up to 107.56 pounds (49 kg). However, these plates look like the Sagan’s “undetectable dragon in his garage” and their actual composition will be never known.” (Weight Of The Golden Plates)
Would Joseph Smith be capable of running a far distance with golden plates in his pack? No. What about his wife saying she was able to hold them without issues? Could this have happened if it was pure gold? No. It appears that Joseph Smith was lying the whole time about the golden plates existing at all. For we have no evidence that it ever existed, but Joseph Smith and his friends words. Isn’t it convenient that an angel supposedly took the plates and now they are in heaven? Poof, they are gone. What a coincidence, for if we had the plates, we’d want to date them and see how old they really are. Unfortunately, we’d only see that they are 200+ years old, which would blow over the coverup. So what do we have here? We have the blind leading the blind, having no evidence for the Book of Mormon.
Jesus said, “then came his disciples, and said unto him, Knowest thou that the Pharisees were offended, after they heard this saying? But he answered and said, Every plant, which my heavenly Father hath not planted, shall be rooted up. Let them alone: they be blind leaders of the blind. And if the blind lead the blind, both shall fall into the ditch.” (Matthew 15:12-14) The truth is, there is no evidence for the Book of Mormon because Joseph Smith is a con man and lied about the plates. The Book of Mormon is one big story with most of it with names and verses from the Bible. One example of people are Ammon and Ammonites, not counting the countless number of Bible verses copied and pasted in the Book of Mormon. “Concerning the Ammonites, thus saith the Lord; Hath Israel no sons?” (Jeremiah 49:1) “And afterward I will bring again the captivity of the children of Ammon, saith the Lord.” (Jeremiah 49:6) The proof is in the pudding that the Book of Mormon is not of God but a work of man. Amen.