Joseph Smith's Seer Stones

by Nicholas J. Frederick, Michael Hubbard MacKay

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When the Church released photos of the brown seer stone that was owned and used by Joseph Smith, the news ignited a firestorm of curiosity and controversy. People wanted more information and wondered why they hadn't been aware of the stone's existence.

This book discusses the origins of Joseph Smith's seer stones and explores how Joseph used them throughout his life in a way that goes beyond translating the Book of Mormon. It also traces the provenance of his stones once they left his possession. The authors examine how the Book of Mormon itself provides a storyline about the history of seer stones and how this helped Joseph Smith learn about his own prophetic gifts.

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Size6 x 9
PublishedDeseret Book and RSC BYU 2016

About the Authors

Nicholas J. Frederick

Nicholas J. Frederick received his BA in classics and his MA in comparative studies. He received his PhD in the history of Christianity, with an emphasis in Mormon studies from Claremont University. As a professor at BYU, he enjoys teaching courses on the Book of Mormon and the New Testament, particularly the writings of Paul and the Book of Revelation.

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Michael Hubbard MacKay

Michael Hubbard MacKay is an associate professor in the Department of Church History and Doctrine at Brigham Young University. He is lead historian and editor of Documents, Volume 1 in Documents series of The Joseph Smith Papers and the author or coauthor of several books, including From Darkness unto Light: Joseph Smith’s Translation and Publication of the Book of Mormon; Joseph Smith’s Seer Stones; and Sacred Space: Exploring the Birthplace of Mormonism. He is also the editor of several anthologies, including Producing Ancient Scripture.

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Thanks for writing this book
By , Submitted on 2016-09-27

I read about seer stones many years ago when I was in my early teens and that made perfect sense to me. It's nothing that tests my faith or should test yours. In fact, I think it's marvelous that the Lord provides the means whereby his prophets can accomplish what he has asked them to do! Thanks to the Bretheren and to you for sharing more information on this topic.

Joseph Smith's Seer Stones
By , Submitted on 2016-09-22

As an LDS Scientist I have been following the availability of information on the Prophet's seer stones for many years. This is an excellent book on what is known about the history of his various seer stones, which is, I'm sorry to say, very little. I would only add that Mother Smith said that the two stones in the original Urim and Thummim in the silver bows were so far apart in the spectacles that the Prophet had trouble using it. She stated that he finally took one of the two stones out of the silver frame and used it as a seer stone. It might have been one he used to translate some of the Book of Mormon and perhaps carried with him until he had to give the plates and the translators back to the angel Moroni. The Authors' suggestion that Mosiah II had a separate pair of seer stones from the ones he received that descended from the Brother of Jared is, in my opinion, kind of weak. Good book. Well documented research on a topic about which very little was written at the time.

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