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“He [Orson Pratt] asked Joseph [Smith, Jr.] whether he could not ascertain what his mission was and Joseph answered that he would see. & asked Pratt and John Whitmer to go upstairs with him. And arriving there Joseph produced a small stone called a seer stone. And putting it into a hat soon commenced speaking.”

~James R.B. Vancleave to Joseph Smith III – 29 September 1878, page 2 (RLDS library-archives); reprinted in Lyndon W. Cook (editor), David Whitmer Interviews: A Restoration Witness, pages 239-240; 1991~