The Mormon Church Wants To Show You The Magic Stone Their Religion Is Based On

Mormons believe that 185 years ago, Smith found gold plates engraved with writing in ancient Egyptian in upstate New York. They say that God helped him translate the text using the stone and other tools, which became known as the Book of Mormon. “The other churches’ origins are concealed by the mist of history,” Givens said. “Mormonism is the first world religion in which the origins were exposed to public view, to documentation, to journalists and newspaper reporting.”

Mormon Church Releases First Photos Of The Stone Joseph Smith Used To Translate The Book Of Mormon

“I marvel that ye are so soon removed from him that called you into the grace of Christ unto another gospel: Which is not another; but there be some that trouble you, and would pervert the gospel of Christ. But though we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel unto you than that which we have preached unto you, let him be accursed.” Galatians 1:6-8 (KJV)

EDITOR’S NOTE: Joseph Smith started Mormonism, in violation of the book of Galatians, with the fairy tale of an angel named Moron-i, golden plates and a magic stone that made words magically appear. This is where their “bible” came from. Now the Mormon Church believes that by showing you that stone, they will get the credibility they crave. 

The Mormon church‘s push toward transparency about its roots and beliefs took another step forward Tuesday with the first published pictures of a small sacred stone it believes founder Joseph Smith used to help translate a story that became the basis of the religion.



The pictures of the smooth, brown, egg-sized rock are part of a new book that also contains photos of the first printer’s manuscript of the Book of Mormon. Officials with The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints unveiled the photos at a news conference in Salt Lake City.

The religion’s drive in recent years to open its vaults and clarify sensitive beliefs is aimed at filling a void on the Internet for accurate information as curiosity and scrutiny increased as church membership tripled over the last three decades, Mormon scholars said.

Church historian Steven E. Snow acknowledged that dynamic, saying: “The Internet brings both challenge and opportunities. We’re grateful for the opportunity to share much of collection through the use of the Internet.”

The church’s campaign seems aimed at preventing current members from leaving and showing non-Mormons that they aren’t hiding anything, said Terryl Givens, professor of literature and religion and the James Bostwick chair of English at the University of Richmond.

As an American-born religion much younger than most world religions, the origins of Mormonism have come under greater scrutiny and put pressure on the church to prove their stories, Givens said.

“The other churches’ origins are concealed by the mist of history,” Givens said. “Mormonism is the first world religion in which the origins were exposed to public view, to documentation, to journalists and newspaper reporting.”

The pictures in the new book show different angles of a stone that is dark brown with lighter brown swirls. The photos also show a weathered leather pouch where the stone was stored that is believed to be made by one of Joseph Smith’s wives, Emma Smith.

The church has always possessed the stone, which was transported across the country during Mormon pioneers’ trek from Illinois to Utah in the mid-1800s, but it decided to publish the photos now to allow people who prefer visuals to words to better understand the religion’s roots, said Richard Turley, assistant church historian. The stone will remain in the vault.

“The picture brings a kind of tangibility to something that has been previously been talked about just in words,” Turley said. “That helps people connect with the past. We’ve discovered that artifacts and historical sites are a way to give a sense of reality to things that are otherwise somewhat ethereal.”

Mormons believe that 185 years ago, Smith found gold plates engraved with writing in ancient Egyptian in upstate New York. They say that God helped him translate the text using the stone and other tools, which became known as the Book of Mormon.

The manuscript in the new book actually belongs to the Community of Christ, a faith that was created by early Mormons who stayed behind when most of the religion moved out West to Utah. A Community of Christ leader joined LDS officials at the press event Tuesday in what both said demonstrated the two faiths have moved on from past squabbles.

The publication of the pictures of the stone are important because some speculated the stones were buried in the archives and never to be seen, said Richard Bushman, a Mormon historian and emeritus professor at Columbia University. They probably won’t persuade non-believers who don’t buy the story, but they offer another indication the church is moving toward opening up, he said.

The church has been releasing books containing historical documents that shed light on how Smith formed the church. The religion also has issued a series of in-depth articles that explain or clarify some of the more sensitive parts of its history that it once sidestepped, such as the faith’s past ban on black men in the lay clergy and its early history of polygamy.

The church paid a price for its past decisions to stay silent on topics or keep key artifacts in the vault, Bushman said.

“Their faithful members would stumble on information on the Internet. Not having heard about them, they were shocked and disillusioned,” Bushman said. “They felt they had been lied to and got pretty angry.”

Today the church is taking a new approach, by saying, “We can face up to the facts. We don’t have to make the picture prettier than it is,” Bushman said. source

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  • CHAR

    The brown stone (that looks like a coffee bean) story sounds like another chapter of Harry Potter.

    • LOL…totally agree sis, Harry Potter and The Magic Stone of Mormon 🙂

  • Gerry

    Yes, and I will show them the Solid Rock upon which my faith is founded….

  • jennifer

    So it’s a rock….I Have lots in my back yard. If it was glowing or shaking it might be impressive.a smooth rock.Wow.

  • MJ

    Gene Lawley has a new article over on Rapture Ready that sums up mormonism (and islam) short and to the point:

    “It was Jude’s conviction, and now a part of that body of truths, that “once for all” means it is not to be changed, updated, or replaced.

    It did not need a Mohammed to come along some six hundred years later and provide a new version, nor did it call for a 14-year-old boy named Joseph Smith to replace it in the early 1800’s. So Jude exhorts us to contend earnestly for that faith that was once for all delivered to the saints.”

    The world doesn’t need islam or mormonism. They’re both phonier than Hillary’s campaign commercials! What everyone of everyplace needs… is simply Jesus.

    • DeniseC

      I agree. Since Jesus was born, died, and rose again, there is no need for modern day prophets or revelations. We already have everything we need to know.

      • Larry/vietnamvet1971

        I also agree, JESUS CHRIST was the Last Great prophet and NO one man or woman would come after HIM, and people still Reject Him just like his Religious leaders they wanted to see just ONE More SIGN to believe Jesus gave them the Sign of Jonah BUT even after His Death, Burial & Resurrection they still did NOT believe. Stephen gave the the LAST chance to Accept HIM and the Kingdom but they Stoned him and Paul/Saul was a witness.

        • Ky

          Jesus himself called it.
          Luk_16:31 And he said unto him, If they hear not Moses and the prophets, neither will they be persuaded, though one rose from the dead.

  • Ky

    I was doing some research the other day on “the Church of Christ” and came across a nugget I was not expecting. Check out #9 under Basic Beliefs Articles of Faith and Practice. Maybe Geoffrey might want to expound on that. It sure came as a surprise to me. There are a couple of other interesting numbers also, but that one really caught me off guard. Are they one and the same?

  • Ky

    I was doing research on the “Church of Christ” the other day and came across a nugget I was not prepared for. Check out #9 under Basic Beliefs, Articles of Faith and Practice. These guys must be Mormons also, yet I could not find anything on Mormons, Salt Lake City, etc. There were a couple of other numbers that were interesting also, but #9 surprised me. There are several versions of the Church of Christ but I did not know any of them were Mormons.

  • Anon

    Maybe I ought to check the ‘plates’ in my cupboard and see if there is any ancient writings that need translation or should I consult the ‘smooth stones’ in my backyard first:-) I can only marvel at what some people will believe as truth, and reject the simplicity of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Jesus said, “I am the Way, the Truth and the Life, and no one comes to the Father but by Me.” What part of that don’t they understand. They will be eternally sorry for perverting the Word of God. I pray that they come to their senses before it’s too late. Maranatha.

  • John33

    Intresting this because Islam is also started bu Mohamed seeing the angel Gabriel but without the bible they wouldnt even know what an angel is!

  • Larry/vietnamvet1971

    So the people told Aaron after moses was delayed to build us a Golden calf to worship……IDOL

    So Mormons all they had to do was find a stone that was good enough for them to worship…… IDOL

    So Catholics all they needed was statues of Mary to worship……..IDOL

    ALL the False, Fake, Phony man made religions “IDOLS”.

    But there is THE Stone that the builders Rejected and it is JESUS CHRIST the Son of the Living GOD.

    • Excellent! Couldn’t have said it better myself.
      Titus 2:13

  • Marian

    Now check out the Mormon “magic underwear.”

  • Marian

    I notice the magic underwear is addressed in the 2nd video… sorry, I posted before watching the whole thing 😉

    Great post, Geoff… very informative!

    Do an internet search of the big Mormon temple in Idaho. The occult symbols are all over it. Clearly, Mormons are a kind of Luciferians, a fact unknown to most rank and file Mormons.

  • Harry Patkowski

    If we stand on Scripture and expose false teachings, but have not Love… we are nothing more than clanging cymbals. If we Love and pray for those in error; we act like the sons and daughters of God.

  • mizzy

    Again the one world religion..when is the last straw before we are out of here?? Im SO Home sick!


  • JA

    Its a rock….. It reminds me of when I was listening to my John Macarthur sermons on the hersey of the catholic church and he was talking about how the of course worship mary but also how the worship the ukerist( if I spelt that right).. he goes… “WHAT ARE THEY WORSHIPPING… A PEICE OF BREAD”… ” IN A BOX”.. lol… it was funny… this reminds me of that too… “WHAT ARE THEY WORSHIPPING…. A ROCK.. A PEBBLE!!!”

  • members of the lds church do not worship the seer stone, it was only used to translate the book of mormon by the gift and power of god. i testify that the book of mormon is true scripture and joseph smith was a true prophet of god.

    • So where in the New Testament is the use of a “seer stone”? And the book of Mormon is unbiblical and unGodly, and is a testament of the Devil and not Jesus Christ. Paul WARNED that if an angel from Heaven came with a new gospel to NOT LISTEN TO HIM….and that anyone who did follow the “angel from Heaven” would be ACCURSED. That’s Mormonism.

    • Joanna Loves Jesus

      The only truth is found in Jesus Christ and His Word, not men and their ideas, the only way to Heaven is through Jesus Christ Son of God, to believe He died for your sins and rose again, true believers are Redeemed by His Blood. Read the Holy Bible King James Version and not mankinds ideas on who God should be in their eyes.

      God Bless you all.

  • Justin M

    I have done a lot of studying on Mormonism and it is a cult through and through. From the outlandish stories of Joseph Smith to all of the non-existent ancient cultures, this belief is truly fraudulent. I will give it to them though, to believe this Star Trek-esque story line, they have some crazy faith.

  • Justin M

    This is a great video to watch as well to further explain their true beliefs:

  • SusanD

    So where are the gold plates with ancient Egyptian writing on them that he used the seer stone to translate? I want to see a photo of those.
    Maybe someone can translate those now. Joseph smith was a rural backwoods man, not a language scientist.

  • CHAR

    Isn’t it the craziest most ludicrous story that some backwoods guy (probably near illiterate) could get so many people to believe his rubbish just from this little Maxwell House stone? Did he just get up one morning and look down on the ground and see this little stone? Maybe he was dipping into the moonshine. I’m sure he has a great story behind it that so many ignorant people believe. It’s the same as Nostradamus getting his “prophecies” from tea leaves. The majority of people will believe anything and everything except the inspired Word of God. Go figure!

  • Jackie

    Notice the name of the so-called angel that told ole Joseph where the “magic” tablets were…. Moroni… It isn’t just a coincident that the first 5 letters spell “moron”. This religion was started by one & you have to be one to believe it. Matter of fact if you take the” m” out of the middle of the word “Mormon” you get the same word.

    I was married to one for 5 years. Matter of fact, that’s why we got divorced. Because I wouldn’t become one, and wouldn’t go to the temple and do a marriage ceremony there according to “their” beliefs I was keeping him from being able to be a”god” over his own world so he divorced me. There’s ONLY ONE God! They believe if they meet certain criteria that they will become gods over their own worlds after they die. Crazy!!! Like I said Morons!

    • Jackie, not only that but Mormons believe that they give birth to “gods”. They believe that their children can be “gods”. They have even want to overthrow this nation and enforce their religion on everyone. Mormonism is very much similar to Islam in many ways. They both advocate for the overthrow of this nation and enforcing their religion on everyone. God Bless You, My Sister,

  • fowl intent

    Show me the gold plates! They revere the rock, but no one but Joseph Smith was ever allowed to view the plates, and now they have disappeared? How convenient. This quackery is just piggy backing on the more ancient and accepted quackeries.

    • Larry/vietnamvet1971

      I am glad you have Exposed this Quackery, for if it looks like a Quackery, walks like a Quackery. It is a QUACKERY….I had to help you Expose this Quackery….LOL.

      • Goldberg!

        Quack… Quack… Quack,quack,quack,quack….. Gooooooo DUCKS!!!!!!! Btw D2 was the best movie ever as a child

  • Wayne

    The stone looks like a polished cobblestone. Very common building material in old houses in NY.

  • Mormonism; a cartoon religion. How can anyone take this fiction seriously?? I thought of Baal when I saw that stone–and imagined myself taking a sledgehammer, and mashing it to bits. If I ever saw it; it would soon be powder. The god of this world has truly blinded the minds of those who believe not. Professing to be wise; they became fools.

  • William Z

    This is why no one who has placed their trust and built their faith on this gibberish (Glenn Beck, Mitt Romney, et al) should be listened to or have any credibility whatsoever.


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