Either Joseph Smith was the most talented author of all time, or he was simply translating an ancient record.
The recent statement by the Church about Geography and the Book of Mormon has a couple important points.
Critics claim that the witnesses only "spiritually" saw the plates. This is not what the witnesses claimed however.
Prophets and Apostles have taught that the entire Western Hemisphere is Promised and a Land of Liberty.
The Book of Mormon musical may not be an accurate reflection of the true book, but did you know that the Book of Mormon contains its own music? Book of Mormon peoples used music to worship, fight, celebrate, and praise.
It's understandable that they deleted this footage, since it would have been bad for them to look dishonest, joking about hijacking a worship service, and intent on hurting the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
Despite how strange it is, one thing should be clear: the method of burying your face in a hat is actually amazing evidence for the Book of Mormon!