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Important Points to Remember in Evaluating so-called "False Prophecies" of Joseph Smith

by Matthew Roper

Is the source authentic or is it hearsay?
Is the statement accurately quoted?
Does the statement claim to be a direct revelation from God?
Does the quote claim to be a prophecy, or is it a statement of commandment, instruction, etc.?
Is it clearly intended to be literal (not poetic, a figure of speech, etc.)?
Is there a definite time limit set for its fulfillment, not simply "shortly," "nigh," "soon," etc.?
Are there any stated conditions to the prophecy?
Are there any possible unstated conditions to the prophecy?
Is there only one possible interpretation?
Can it be shown beyond dispute that the time of fulfillment is past?