> Brigham claims that Oliver Cowdery and Joseph
> Smith returned the gold plates of the Book of
> Mormon to the 'Hill Cumorah' in New York. He
> claims that the the hill 'opend' for them and
> inside the hill is a huge cave that is stacked
> with piles of gold plates.
> ". . . I lived right in the country where the
> plates were found from which the Book of Mormon
> was translated, and I know a great many things
> pertaining to that country, and I know a great
> many things pertaining to that country.
> I believe I will take the liberty to tell you of
> another circumstance that will be as marvelous as
> anything can be. This is an incident in the life
> of Oliver Cowdery, that he did not take the
> liberty of telling such things in meeting as I
> I tell these things to you, and I have a motive
> for doing so. I want to carry them to the ears of
> my brethren and sisters, and to the children also,
> that they may grow to an understanding of some
> things that seem to be entirely hidden from the
> human family.
> Oliver Cowdery went with the Prophet Joseph when
> he deposited these plates. Joseph did not
> translate all of the plates; there was a portion
> of them sealed, which you can learn from the Book
> of Doctrine and Covenants. When Joseph got the
> plates, the angel instructed him to carry them
> back to the Hill Cumorah, which he did.
> Oliver says that when Joseph and Oliver went
> there, the hill opened, and they walked into a
> cave, in which there was a large and spacious
> He says he did not think, at the time, whether
> they had the light of the sun or artificial light,
> but that it was just as light as day.
> They laid the plates on a table; it was a large
> table that stood in the room. Under this table
> there was a pile of plates as much as two feet
> high, and there were altogether in this room more
> plates than probably many wagon loads; they were
> piled up in corners and along the walls.
> The first time they went there the sword of Laban
> hung upon the wall; but when they went again it
> had been taken down and laid upon the table across
> the gold plates; it was unsheathed, and on it was
> written these words: 'This sword will never be
> sheathed again until the kingdoms of this world
> become the kingdom of our God and his Christ.'
> I tell you this is coming not only from Oliver
> Cowdery, but others who were familiar with it, and
> who understood it so they will not be forgotten
> and lost." -- Brigham Young, Journal of
> Discourses, vol-19 p38-39, 17 June 1877
This reads just like its out of the pages of Lord of the Rings.