Slide 39

Mormon historian Richard Bushman has noted:

“Magical parchments handed down in the Hyrum Smith family may have originally belonged to Joseph Smith Sr.”

JSRRR, pg.50

Summary from Michael Quinn:

“That this “Holiness to the Lord” magic parchment was designed to invoke “good spirits” in connection with treasure seeking is suggested by yet another symbol. Directly to the right of the Raphael figure and above the Tetragrammaton figure are three crosses…Although this could be a reference to the crucifixion at Golgotha, Scot defined two separate uses of three crosses, both of which pertained to treasure seeking. First, he specified that “there must be made upon a hazell wand three crosses” as part of “the art and order to be used in digging for monie, revealed by dreames,” and later in his discussion he provided an illustration of a shield-symbol with three crosses at the top to summon a spirit “to tell thee of hidden treasures that be in anie place, he will tell it thee: or if thou wilt command him to bring to thee gold or silver, he will bring it thee”… the use of the previously discussed angel symbols from Reginald Scot’s 1665 edition of his Discourse indicates that all three Smith family parchments were created to aid treasure seeking. Immediately before Scot’s chapter that discussed Jubanladace, Nal-gah, and Pah-li-Pah, the last paragraph of the preceding chapter stated, “When Treasure hath been hid, or any secret thing hath been committed by the party; there is a magical cause of something attracting the starry spirit back again, to the manifestation of that thing. Upon all which, the following Chapters do insist more largely and particularly”…Therefore, the three Smith parchments adopted the names and symbols of Jubanladace directly (and Nal-gah and Pah-li-Pah through Sibly’s later version) from a chapter of Scot’s 1665 Discourse that provided information about good angels necessary for successful treasure-seeking conjurations…these two lamens of the Joseph Smith family were designed to be used by an unmarried, pure young man or woman in summoning and communicating with a divine spirit as part of a treasure quest…the central purpose of the “Holiness to the Lord” parchment was to enable such a pure youth to summon and communicate with a divine spirit as part of a treasure quest, which both Mormon and non-Mormon sources indicated was a preoccupation of the Joseph Smith family only up to 1827.”  Early Mormonism and the Magic World View, pages 107-108, 110-111 [2nd Ed. pages 112-113, 115]

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