The ‘positive vibes’ the Church has been sending out about the ‘seer stone’ seem to be falling on deaf ears to some church members. Especially given the fact that the discussion about them has always been intentionally marginalized, and at times even frowned upon.
“THE DESERET NEWS. March 18 1885 ASTROLOGY AND KINDRED TOPICS. EVILS THAT SHOULD BE AVOIDED BY THE PEOPLE.
Editor Deseret News:
THE ‘SEER STONE’ OR ‘PEEP STONE,’ which differs little in appearance from an ordinary stone, the finding of which has generally been the result of accident, though some have claimed that they were made known to them by revelation. They are found in the hands of men, women and children, but are not numerous. Those in possession of these stones claim to be endowed with the gift of the seer, and are besieged by all classes to learn something in regard to their individual affairs; such as the whereabouts of lost animals or stolen goods, the character of a man or woman with whom the enquirer is anticipating marriage. In some instances where persons are suspected of evil designs the ‘peep stone’ has been used to verify the suspicion; the sex, as also the future of an unborn child has been enquired after. In this Western country they have been often used to determine the location of a good paying mine, etc. Strange to say most individuals who have had recourse to this source for information exercise considerable faith in the findings of the individuals who claim inspiration through the method.”.
See Editor, Deseret News (Salt Lake City, UT: The Deseret News., 18 March 1885).