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Statements regarding instruments used by Joseph Smith to translate or receive revelation

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This page is a chronology of statements from primary and secondary sources. Sources may be viewed by following the citation links.

The Evening and the Morning Star, January 1833: "through the aid of a pair of Interpreters, or spectacles-(known, perhaps, in ancient days as Teraphim, or Urim and Thummim)"

The book of Mormon, as a revelation from God, possesses some advantage over the old scripture: it has not been tinctured by the wisdom of man, with here and there an Italic word to supply deficiencies.-It was translated by the gift and power of God, by an unlearned man, through the aid of a pair of Interpreters, or spectacles-(known, perhaps, in ancient days as Teraphim, or Urim and Thummim)
The Evening and The Morning Star 1:57 .

  • Instrument: "pair of Interpreters," "spectacles."
  • Name: "perhaps" known as Teraphim or Urim and Thummim.