This article describes the supposed “early operations,” or activities, of Joseph Smith prior to his becoming a prophet. Smith was a “loafer” until he obtained the manuscript of “a half-deranged clergyman” and developed it into the Book of Mormon. He convinced Martin Harris, among others, that he was an inspired prophet, and Harris helped him finance the printing of the Book of Mormon. The Albany Evening Journal was given the opportunity to print the book but chose not to. From the Albany Evening Journal.
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