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Question #5751 posted on 05/21/2004 midnight

Dear 100 Hour Board,
Does the church still own the mummies that Joseph Smith bought with the book of Abraham? I couldn't find anything on it but my mom suggested that they may have been too hard to bring across the plains. Your thoughts.
- Tut

A: Dear Tut-

No. They, and many of the scrolls, were resold by the church. A few scrolls have survived in various ways, but most were destroyed in the Great Chicago Fire in 1871. The scrolls that survived are clearly not the Book of Abraham. The anti sites that my searching led to are pretty clear to point this out, but they obviously have a vested interest in discounting other explanations, which include (1) the Abraham story was destroyed in the fire and (2) that the Book of Abraham was at least as much revelation as translation by Joseph Smith.

It is unclear where the mummies ended up.

-The Franchise