Secret Things, Hidden Things : The Seer Story in the Imaginative Economy of Joseph Smith
Metcalfe, Brent Lee,Vogel, Dan
American Apocrypha : Essays on the Book of Mormon
Salt Lake City
"Those who associated with Joseph Smith during the spring and summer of 1829 remembered that he used a 'seer stone' to dictate both the Book of Mormon and his early revelations. This fact orients Joseph Smith's biography in crucial and important ways, pointing not only backward to his youthful career as glass-looker and treasure seer but forward as well to his emerging work as translator, prophet, seer, and Moses-like leader of a community of believers. This continuity was important for early believers, coming as they did from a world similar to Smith's where the line between magic and religion was fluid and inspiring, not dangerous or degrading.