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In 1830, Smith published what he said was an English translation of these plates, the Book of Mormon.The same year he organized the Church of Christ, calling it a restoration of the early Christian church.
During the 1830s, Smith sent out missionaries, published revelations, and supervised construction of the expensive Kirtland Temple.Later that year, when Smith promised to abandon treasure seeking, Hale offered to let the couple live on his property in Harmony and help Smith get started in business.This time, he said he successfully retrieved the plates.In 1816–17, after an ill-fated business venture and three years of crop failures, the Smith family moved to the western New York village of Palmyra, and eventually took a mortgage on a 100-acre (40 ha) farm in the nearby town of Manchester.During the Second Great Awakening, the region was a hotbed of religious enthusiasm.According to his later accounts, Smith was visited by an angel named Moroni, while praying one night in 1823.
Smith said that this angel revealed the location of a buried book made of golden plates, as well as other artifacts, including a breastplate and a set of interpreters composed of two seer stones set in a frame, which had been hidden in a hill near his home.
Smith was said to have an ability to locate lost items by looking into a seer stone, which he also used in treasure hunting, including several unsuccessful attempts to find buried treasure sponsored by a wealthy farmer in Chenango County, New York.
While boarding at the Hale house in Harmony, Pennsylvania, Smith met and began courting Emma Hale.
Harris said Anthon initially authenticated the characters and their translation, but then retracted his opinion after learning that Smith claimed to have received the plates from an angel.
Anthon denied Harris's account of the meeting, claiming instead that he had tried to convince Harris that he was the victim of a fraud.
In February 1828, Martin Harris arrived to assist Smith by transcribing his dictation.