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"As a youth and young adult Joseph Smith engaged in folk magic and treasure digging"

The author's unresolved question

"(25 June 2014 revision): As a youth and young adult Joseph Smith engaged in folk magic and treasure digging"

Author's source(s)



Joseph Smith's money digging activities and how it relates to his character

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"find buried treasure by placing a magic stone in a hat"

The author's unresolved question

"(25 June 2014 revision): find buried treasure by placing a magic stone in a hat"

Author's source(s)

Response to the author's claim


Joseph Smith, his family, and friends never referred to his seer stone as a "magic stone"—only hostile sources and critics of Joseph Smith call it that.



Joseph Smith used the same "rock in hat" seer stone for translating that he used for "money digging"

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Joseph Smith and the "occult" or "magick"

Summary: Citing Joseph Smith's experiences with folk magic, treasure seeking and seer stones, it is claimed that Joseph Smith's spiritual experiences were originally products of magic and the occult. Some charge that only much later did Joseph retrofit his experiences in Christian, religious terms: speaking of God, angels, and prophethood rather than in terms of magic, treasure guardians and scrying. It is also claimed that a "vagabond fortune-teller" named Walters became popular in the Palmyra area, and that when Walters left the area, "his mantle fell upon" Joseph Smith.

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"Joseph was still able to convince many people that he had special powers"

The author's unresolved question

"(25 June 2014 revision): Joseph was still able to convince many people that he had special powers"

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Response to the author's claim


How exactly was the young Joseph Smith able to "convince" people that he had "special powers"....unless he actually had them?


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