Urim and thummim seer stones
Seer Stone v. Urim & Thummim: Book of Mormon Translation on Trial by L. Hannah StoddardSeer Stone v. Urim and Thummim: Book of Mormon Translation on Trial places the Book of Mormon translation on trial, presenting the latest research in one of the most comprehensive treatments of the translation process to date providing encouragement for Latter-day Saints who fear they have been “betrayed” by the translation history taught by the Church for over 190 years. Has The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints covered up its history for nearly 200 years? Did Joseph Smith translate the Book of Mormon using a dark seer stone in a hat? Why are progressive historians creating a new history using sources from a man who vowed to wash his hands in the blood of Joseph Smith, while boasting that he had deceived the Prophet and his God? Was Joseph Smith a treasure digger? During his life, did the Prophet artfully suppress his alleged treasure digging past? Did Joseph Smith cover up his use of a seer stone during the translation, feigning use of the Urim and Thummim? What new information has The Joseph Smith Papers Project uncovered that challenges our understanding of the translation process? Is David Whitmer a credible witness of the Book of Mormon translation? Did you know that David Whitmer consulted a witch and occultic seer stones, denounced Joseph Smith as a false prophet and aided the mob in the persecution of the Missouri Saints? Was Joseph Smith involved in sorcery, astrology and ritual magic? Did Joseph Smith study and master the Nephite language? Did the Prophet tutor some of the early Brethren in ancient Nephite characters?
How did God direct Israel using the Urim & Thummim?
The concept of glasses as a translation mechanism was first introduced in by Samuel Lawrence. While the method of translation was clearly understood by many members of the church including Emma, Oliver, Martin Harris, and others, Joseph stopped talking about his use of the seer stone for creation of the Book of Mormon around Using stones to find treasure was against the law in New York. At the trial, Oliver Cowdrey testified falsely of the use of the Urim and Thummim as the translation means rather than the chocolate colored seer stone. By , the official version of translation including the Urim and Thummim had been published by Oliver Cowdrey. Brigham Young stated that there were many who had the natural gift of being able to use seer stone, but that Joseph was special because he was called as a prophet. Many have the gift of seeing through seer stones without the Priesthood at all.
A seer stone is a facilitator for judgment, learning, or translation of languages. Seer stones in the Bible were used mostly for judging; seer stones in the Book of Mormon were used mostly for translating languages. A seer stone has been promised to each of those who become co-heirs with Christ as they are exalted. It conveys knowledge from God. No explanation for the use of this stone is given in Revelation, but we can see that it is given to those who are exalted and become co-heirs with Christ. Further explanation is given in the Doctrine and Covenants, section , The new name is the key word.
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Saints- Fact #4 The Urim & Thummim are actually two Seer stones
Smith said that in an angel Moroni told him of the existence, with the plates, of "two stones in silver bows" fastened to a breastplate, which the angel called the Urim and Thummim and which he said God had prepared for translating the plates. In , Smith said that he had been visited again by the angel who had previously revealed the location of the golden plates, along with other items such as the Urim and Thummim, and that these objects were buried in a nearby hillside. Smith said that after translating the Book of Mormon, he returned the plates and the Urim and Thummim to the angel, whom he identified as the resurrected Moroni. Smith reportedly told Orson Pratt that the Lord gave him the Urim and Thummim when he was an inexperienced translator but that as he grew in experience, he no longer needed such assistance. The LDS Bible Dictionary defines the Urim and Thummim as "an instrument prepared of God to assist man in obtaining revelation from the Lord and in translating languages.