Scholarly & Historical Information Exchange for Latter-Day Saints
The SHIELDS site, despite its name, is not a good place to go to find "Scholarly & Historical Information" on Mormonism.
What is offered is cover-up, doubletalk, & half-truths.
Here is another example:
"To the best of this writer's knowledge, no one has yet presented legitimate evidence from Smith himself, or from sources known to be friendly to Smith, that he ever referred to himself as a glass looker." http://shields-research.org/General/LDS ... alters.htm
Evidently the writer who shared his work on SHIELDS was unaware that one of Joseph Smith's best friends wrote in his history:
"Then he looked in his glass and found it was Emma Hale." (Joseph Knight’s Recollection of Early Mormon History)
Knight was speaking about what Joseph Smith had told him:
"he looked in his glass"
to find out who the right person was to bring with him to obtain the gold plates.
Back in Joseph Smith's day, a "glass" was another way to describe a seer-stone.
Martin Harris spoke of a [seer] stone that Joseph Smith used:
"These plates were found at the north point of a hill two miles north of Manchester village. Joseph had a stone which was dug from the well of Mason Chase, twenty-four feet from the surface. In this stone he could see many things to my certain knowledge." (Joel Tiffany, Interview with Martin Harris, Tiffany's Monthly, 1859, New York, p.163)
Is it possible that this supposed Scholar and LDS Apologist of LDS History never read Joseph Knight’s Recollection of Early Mormon History or the Tiffany Harris Interview?
Perhaps he is also unaware of Sections on Revelations given through the stone: p.31 p.32 p.36 p.41 p.42 p.49 p.51 p.53 p.55 p.56 p.57 p.58 recorded in AN ADDRESS TO
ALL BELIEVERS IN CHRIST by DAVID WHITMER. Link: http://richkelsey.org/an_address_to_all ... hrist.html
To me, it looks like SHIELDS is a place where one goes to be shielded from accurate information on LDS history.