Either Joseph Smith was the most talented author of all time, or he was simply translating an ancient record.
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!
All of these add plausibility to the historicity of the Book of Mormon with knowledge that wasn’t accessible in Joseph’s day.
From these two statements it’s clear that Joseph Smith thought the Book of Mormon happened over all of the Americas.
These two quotes demonstrate how apostles are open to a smaller geographical size for Book of Mormon lands, rather than a larger size.
These cylinders do show that it's possible for a writing similar to the "reformed Egyptian" on the characters document to have existed in ancient Mesoamerica.