This summarizes my approach to Church history and Book of Mormon issues:
“Don’t just follow the trend… It’s good to think in terms of the physics approach or First Principles. Which is rather than reasoning by analogy, you boil things down to the most fundamental truths you can imagine and you reason up from there.” | Elon Musk
Start with the most fundamental truths--what Joseph and Oliver said--and reason up from there.
When we do that, the narrative makes sense. The New York Cumorah, the translation of the plates with the Urim and Thummim, the restoration of the Priesthood and temple keys, and all the rest.
In the process, we can set aside all the other commentary and speculation by modern intellectuals in the citation cartel.