I am curious of what others think of the connection between this activity and the proceeding visits by an angel and reception of the plates.
1.) Was The Lord using this scrying to train a prophet? Are they interchangeably connected? Does Joseph see this as the case?
2.) If they are connected then are there other examples of prophets and apostles who have dabbled in this type of stuff? references and sources? Also why did a time come when church leaders changed direction and saw seer stones moving forward as a bad thing? I can see people thinking they're revelations are trumping those of the leadership but that reflects back to the individual.
3.) If not of God, do we see the God ok with this type of activity? Did he simply ask Joseph to stop or did he call him to repent of this?
4.) Joseph said every person has a right to a seer stone. Dec. 27, 1841: I met with the Twelve at Brother Joseph's. He conversed with us in a familiar manner on a variety of subjects, and explained to us the Urim and Thummim which he found with the plates, called in the Book of Mormon the Interpreters. He said that every man who lived on the earth was entitled to a seer stone, and should have one, but they are kept from them in consequence of their wickedness, and most of those who do find one make an evil use of it; he showed us his seer stone. (Brigham Young, Mill. Star 26:118)
Knowing that why do we not actively encourage this today? Do each of us and should we be actively searching for one? Would this be frowned upon if members begin using them? Is the wickedness referred to about the church as a whole or individuals?
6.) What are your general thoughts about things like this (Divining rods, seer stones, tarrot cards, ouija boards, crystal balls, hypnosis) Please deal with each of these separately as I am aware the church frowns very heavily on ouija boards and also hypnosis when used as entertainment!
Edited by reelmormon, 19 June 2012 - 07:53 AM.