Book of Mormon Notes– How deep can you dig?

2011, January 29

“Book of Mormon: ‘Gazelem, a Stone'” by grego

Book of Mormon: “Gazelem, a Stone”


Alma says:
Alma 37:23 And the Lord said: I will prepare unto my servant Gazelem, a stone, which shall shine forth in darkness unto light, that I may discover unto my people who serve me, that I may discover unto them the works of their brethren, yea, their secret works, their works of darkness, and their wickedness and abominations.

24 And now, my son, these interpreters were prepared that the word of God might be fulfilled, which he spake, saying:

25 I will bring forth out of darkness unto light all their secret works and their abominations; and except they repent I will destroy them from off the face of the earth; and I will bring to light all their secrets and abominations, unto every nation that shall hereafter possess the land.

26 And now, my son, we see that they did not repent; therefore they have been destroyed, and thus far the word of God has been fulfilled; yea, their secret abominations have been brought out of darkness and made known unto us.

Where is “Gazelem” in the scriptures? To what is Alma referencing this? This is the only time it is mentioned in our current scriptures.
The Urim and Thummim from the brother of Jared—that Joseph Smith had—did shine forth in darkness unto light; but this purpose of shining is different.
And it seems the Urim and Thummim didn’t shine when Joseph Smith used them to translate.
If “a stone” was to have been prepared, then that seems it’s not a Urim and Thummim, which is a set of two stones.
Could this stone be the seerstone that Joseph used by putting in a hat and then looking at it—which surely indicates some type of “[shining] forth in darkness unto light”?
Would this prove that the Book of Mormon took place in New York? No, as there is no indication of that in the verses.

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