Interpreter: A Journal of Mormon Scripture:

Seers and Stones: The Translation of the Book of Mormon as Divine Visions of an Old-Time Seer

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Interpreter A Journal of Mormon Scripture
Published:
3/10/2017
Specs:
Digest / 5.25" x 8.25"
76 pages Saddle-stitched
Category:
Religion
Tags:
apologetics, Book of Mormon, Joseph Smith, lds, mormon, Mormonism, seer stones

Joseph Smith used the term the Urim and Thummim to refer to the pair of seer stones, or “interpreters,” he obtained for translating the Book of Mormon as well as to other seer stones he used in a similar manner. According to witness accounts, he would put the stone(s) in a hat and pull the hat close around his face to exclude the light, and then he would see the translated text of the Book of Mormon. By what property or principle these stones enabled Joseph Smith to see the translated text has long been a matter of conjecture among Mormons, but the stones have commonly been understood as divinely powered devices analogous to the latest human communications technology. An alternative view, presented here, is that the stones had no technological function but simply served as aids to faith.

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