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Mosiah 28:13

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Mosiah 28:13*

13 And now he translated them by the means of those two stones which were fastened into the two rims of a bow.

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Joseph Fielding Smith

“The Lord gave to the brother of Jared the Urim and Thummim which he brought with him to this continent. These were separate and distinct from the Urim and Thummim had by Abraham and in Israel in the days of Aaron. …

“…King Mosiah possessed ‘. . . two stones which were fastened into the two rims of a bow’ called by the Nephites ‘Interpreters,’ with which he translated the Jaredite record, and these were handed down from generation to generation for the purpose of interpreting languages. How Mosiah came into possession of these ‘two stones’ or Urim and Thummim, the record does not tell us, more than to say that it was a ‘gift from God.’ Mosiah had this ‘gift’ or Urim and Thummim before the people of Limhi discovered the record of Ether. They may have been received when the ‘large stone’ was brought to Mosiah with engravings upon it, which he interpreted by the gift and power of God. (Omni 1:20)’ They may have been given to him, or to some other prophet before his day, just as the brother of Jared received them--from the Lord.


“That the Urim and Thummim, or two stones, given to the brother of Jared were those in the possession of Mosiah appears evident…” (Answers to Gospel Questions, vol 1, pp. 159-161)

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