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Members of the church were later called "Latter Day Saints", or "Mormons", and in 1838, Smith announced a revelation that renamed the church as the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.
He said the angel commanded him not to show the plates to anyone else, but to translate them and publish their translation.
Smith said the translation was a religious record of indigenous Americans.
Between 18, there were several camp meetings and revivals in the Palmyra area.
Smith said he told the experience to a preacher, who dismissed the story with contempt.
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.