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Did Joseph Smith use the Seer Stone…or didn’t he? seer stone

For many years, many Mormon have denied that Joseph Smith used a “seer stone” to translate the Book of Mormon. They were led to believe that he used the “Urim and Thummim,” special instruments mentioned in the Old Testament, to aid him in the translation. Tenth Mormon President Joseph Fielding Smith was quite adament on the topic when he wrote:

While the statement has been made by some writers that the Prophet Joseph Smith used a seer stone part of the time in his translating of the record, and information points to the fact that he did have in his possession such a stone, yet there is no authentic statement in the history of the Church which states that the use of such a stone was made in that translation. The information is all hearsay, and personally, I do not believe that this stone was used for this purpose. The reason I give for this conclusion is found in the statement of the Lord to the Brother of Jared as recorded in Ether 3:22-24 (Doctrines of Salvation 3:225. Italics in original).

Did Joseph Smith use a magical seer stone as an aid to translating the Book of Mormon? This apostle who later became the tenth president of the church denied such a thing in 1954. However, according to today’s leaders of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, the stone was a tool used by Smith to do his translation. Read more.

Love Jesus but not Joseph? (Support group in Utah)

Are you a questioning Latter-day Saint or former Latter-day Saint who feels alone? Do you feel like nobody else has ever gone through what has happened/is happening to you? We are hosting an initial support group meeting in Sandy, UT on October 10th. If you are interested, Read More.

So how many wives did Joseph Smith really have? 

Welcome to JosephsWives.com, a page that has been created to help people better understand the truth about the more than thirty wives of Joseph Smith. We invite you to look through the information we have made available here and see that what we are saying is historical fact, not anti-Mormon rhetoric. Read more.

The Miracle of Forgiveness is Now Out of Print: Why? 

Thanks to some sleuthing by former-Mormon-turned-Christian Alex Henriein in mid-July 2015, it has been verified that new print copies of The Miracle of Forgiveness authored by twelfth LDS President Spencer W. Kimball will no longer be available, even at retail outlets such as at LDS Church-owned Deseret Books or Amazon.com. Read more.

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This week’s Viewpoint on Mormonism podcasts

  • Monday, August 24, 2015: Was Joseph Smith a Money Digger? Part 1
  • Tuesday, August 25, 2015: Was Joseph Smith a Money Digger?Part 2
  • Wednesday, August 26, 2015: Was Joseph Smith a Money Digger? Part 3
  • Thursday, August 27, 2015: Was Joseph Smith a Money Digger? Part 4
  • Friday, August 28, 2015Was Joseph Smith a Methodist?

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Joel Kramer and Archaeology: A 16-episode YouTube series from the Holy Land

Join us on a tour of the Holy Land with archaeologist Joel Kramer. This is a 16-episode YouTube series helps you to undertand that the Bible really is true.


 Join us on a 7-day April 2016 Apologetics Cruise to the Caribbean

Come with CARM and MRM on an Apologetics Cruise next April 2016. The cruise on Royal Caribbean Cruise Line will port in Haiti, Jamaica, Grand Cayman, and Mexico. Each day there will be apologetics instruction taking place. (No donated funds to MRM are being used on this trip.)


Look at the Teachings of Presidents of the Church: Ezra Taft Benson

During 2015, LDS members will be studying the latest manual published by their church,Teachings of Presidents of the Church: Ezra Taft Benson, twice each month. Each chapter is evaluated from a Christian worldview. Below are the most recent reviews, which will be studied this month at local LDS chapels by the membership.


Mormonism 101 Revised and Updated: Leader’s Guide

This study guide can be used with the new edition of Mormonism 101: Revised and Updated,with discussion questions given at the end of each of the 18 chapters. These questions can be used by the individual as a reminder of what the chapter covered or by a group desiring an impetus to further discuss the content of the book. Included are Internet links for further information.


YouTube Testimony of the Week: Rebecca


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