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Elder Dieter F. Uchtdorf on Seer Stones

Last week Elder Uchtdorf posted on his Facebook page the below quote and picture. I shared it on my page and was surprised to receive a lot of interest around it. The quote resonated with me because I think Elder Uchtdorf is spot on. We simply cannot understand an infinite universe with our current finite science (and spirituality for that matter)!


“Not long ago, the Church published photos and background information on seer stones. People have asked me, “Do you really believe that Joseph Smith translated with seer stones? How would something like this be possible?’ And I answer, “Yes! That is exactly what I believe.’ This was done as Joseph said: by the gift and power of God.

In reality, most of us use a kind of “seer stone’ every day. My mobile phone is like a “seer stone.’ I can get the collected knowledge of the world through a few little inputs. I can take a photo or a video with my phone and share it with family on the other side of our planet. I can even translate anything into or from many different languages!

If I can do this with my phone, if human beings can do this with their phones or other devices, who are we to say that God could not help Joseph Smith, the Prophet of the Restoration, with his translation work? If it is possible for me to access the knowledge of the world through my phone, who can question that seer stones are impossible for God?

Many religions have objects, places, and events that are sacred to them. We respect the sacred beliefs of other religions and hope to be respected for our own beliefs and what is sacred to us. We should never be arrogant, but rather polite and humble. We still should have a natural confidence because this is the Church of Jesus Christ.”

Comment(s) on this post:

  1. Karen

    Thanks for posting this article from President Uchtdorf. 

  2. Karen

    Hi Paul! What does the phrase ‘ health in the navel, marrow in the bones mean? I’ve read that many times as the Lord’s promise to those who faithfully obey the Word of Wisdom but still don’t know exactly what the Lord meant when he said that.

    • Karen- Thanks for your insightful question. However, I’m going to ask Kelly to answer it. He has written about it on his own website, and will do it better justice than I can. We welcome your questions though and again thank you for being a part of LDS Friends.

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