As a matter of fact, they are with the Ark and the covenant, and other relics that have been, ''hidden up into the Lord''!
Don't blame US, that's just the way God is!! He giveth His word, and then taketh away the proof! We are supposed to have faith!! You remember that, don't you???
Doesn't bother us though! We are perfectly content to listen to our prophets, and we don't really care what the world thinks!
The sooner protractors realize this fact, the better! They can save themselves a lot of wear and tear, on the scripture study, and looking for proof, to prove us wrong! In all of that study, maybe some of it will rub off!
This LDS member, gets a big kick out of reading the stupid, and moronic questions, that these anti Mormons come up with! Because in the long run, all they are doing is making themselves look very small and desperate, in their attempts to make US appear ridiculous!
So, in answer to your question?, yes, an angel, named Moroni, gave the Golden Plates, to Joseph Smith , for translation! And when they were transcribed, Joseph returned them to Moroni, who took them, and disappeared!
Strange,? Yes! But true!!