Did Joseph Smith Use A Seer Stone? | Now You Know



God often uses ordinary objects to accomplish extraordinary tasks, even miracles! In the Bible, Moses used a big stick to part the Red Sea, and Jesus Christ used mud to restore a blind man’s sight. The power to part the Red Sea or give sight to the blind didn’t come from the stick or from the mud; the power came from God.

The power of God was similarly demonstrated with Joseph Smith, who used “seer stones”—stones believed to transmit revelation. The belief in seer stones was common in the culture of 19th-century Europe and early America, and God enabled Joseph to begin translating ancient records by such means. These records, written in reformed Egyptian, formed a book of scripture known today as the Book of Mormon: Another Testament of Jesus Christ. Witnesses to the translation process reported that as Joseph looked at the stones, he could see the translation, which he then dictated to his scribe. As his abilities matured, Joseph no longer needed the aid of the stones to receive revelation for the translation process.

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23 thoughts on “Did Joseph Smith Use A Seer Stone? | Now You Know

  1. Brigham Brewer June 24, 2019 at 7:45 pm

    I'm glad the church is being more open about how things really happened. A question I have is if Joseph had his head in a hat what was the need for the Golden plates? Why couldn't others see the plates as he was translating? Why were they sometimes not even in the same room or even the same house?

  2. Carmen Weir June 24, 2019 at 7:45 pm

    I'm so excited to know that Our Heavenly Father is giving ways and means to let his children know how much he loves them and he has not forgotten them and wants them to come back him one day love it

  3. Jordan Hamann June 24, 2019 at 7:45 pm

    Wow, never saw this one coming

  4. Shaun Meldrum June 24, 2019 at 7:45 pm

    I'd love more videos like this! What other things are hard for us to understand in this modern day?

  5. Hendrik L June 24, 2019 at 7:45 pm

    I love my religion!

  6. \Hugh M Janus// June 24, 2019 at 7:45 pm

    I need some for finding my keys lol.

  7. Meredith Duley June 24, 2019 at 7:45 pm

    This is something I've always heard of, but never fully understood. Thank you for the clarification!

  8. Joseph-Calib Wilhelm Murdoch June 24, 2019 at 7:45 pm

    I did nought know that Joseph Smith used SEER stones to translate the Rformed Egypt. 😉 so again know I know :3

  9. Joseph-Calib Wilhelm Murdoch June 24, 2019 at 7:45 pm

    And Now I know! 🙂

  10. Steve Govern June 24, 2019 at 7:45 pm

    Great simple, clear, understandable explanation. Love it. Thank you.

  11. JediMasterHilljr June 24, 2019 at 7:45 pm

    Makes sense to me.

  12. Lynn Hall June 24, 2019 at 7:45 pm

    Amen!

  13. Tony Fieldson June 24, 2019 at 7:45 pm

    Cool video thanks. The video mentioned that Joseph used seer stones before the translation of the Book of Mormon to find lost treasures – are there any sources that indicate a time where he found lost treasures that he claimed to be able to find?

  14. M. Jones June 24, 2019 at 7:45 pm

    Nice explanation. I always find it confusing when people have a hard time with the seer stone. If God can divide the Red Sea, raise people from the dead, and predict future events, He can give a translation via a stone. He is a God of miracles.

  15. Jacob Jackson June 24, 2019 at 7:45 pm

    Good examples about God using ordinary objects for miraculous purposes. Also a good reminder of ultimately the power of God performed the miracle and not the object itself.

  16. adrian joash miguel June 24, 2019 at 7:45 pm

    Nice love it

  17. David Harden June 24, 2019 at 7:45 pm

    👍👍👍

  18. DPhoto June 24, 2019 at 7:45 pm

    I love these vids. Super simple and straight forward in their message and imagery.

  19. jordi gavira June 24, 2019 at 7:45 pm

    I always wondered about this one. I'm in for a treat.😮

  20. Glen M. Danielsen June 24, 2019 at 7:45 pm

    Wonderful video! And Stephen Smoot’s narration is stimulating!

  21. Enrique Parra June 24, 2019 at 7:45 pm

    Great video.

  22. perfectscotty June 24, 2019 at 7:45 pm

    Th e power of the subconscious mind heals us, God created us with this power. There’s a difference between God healing us and us learning to use our own God given abilities.

  23. E M June 24, 2019 at 7:45 pm

    It's a good explanation. Thank you.

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