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Joseph Smith looked at a seer stone placed in his hat to guide the money diggers in their search for buried treasure. So, yes, he was a treasure digger. Martin Harris testified to this in the famous Tiffany’s interview. I wrote an article on this very subject entitled Those Mysterious Golden Plates. The Tiffany Interview is included in that work. Please click on the link. The evidence is clear as water and documented very well.
In reality, the Book of Mormon is not what Joseph Smith or his scribes claimed it to be. Neither are the so called Revelations found in the Doctrine and Covenants. There is no reasonable doubt that both works are fabrications.
As a young man Joseph Smith was influenced by the folk magic practiced among his family and prevalent in his day. Looking into the depths of the earth by gazing at a seer stone is nothing less than folk magic. Claiming to have second sight without actually having it is nothing less than a confidence game.
• In 1823, Smith supposedly discovered golden plates using a seer stone.
• In 1825, Smith was employed to search for buried treasure using a seer stone.
• In 1826, after being instructed by an angel to bring the right person so he could obtain the plates, Smith looked into a seer stone to find the right person.
• From 1827 through 1829, Smith translated the golden plates using a seer stone, or stones.
• In 1829, several revelations currently published in the Doctrine and Covenants, were received by Joseph Smith using seer stones.
• In 1843, Joseph Smith taught,
“The place where God resides is a great Urim and Thummim”
This is another way of saying that God lives on a giant seer stone.
Smith’s preoccupation with seer stones is well documented. It began 10 years before the Book of Mormon was published. It continued 13 years after the Book of Mormon was published. Moroni even supplied a set of seer stones with the golden plates so Smith could translate the record on the plates.
Or, was that a fabricated story?
Yes. It was!
There is absolutely no substance to the stories and written works brought forth from the Mormon Prophet. Joseph Smith gazed into his crystal ball, then reached into his magic hat; what he pulled out was pure smoke!http://answers.yahoo.com/question/index ... 049AAFKcxB
"Asking God if a story is true, with the only acceptable answer being, 'Yes,' may not be a sound method to finding God’s guidance in the matter." — Rich Kelsey http://richkelsey.org/joseph_smith's_first_vision.htm