SCRIPTURE: “Now Ammon said unto him: I can assuredly tell thee, O king, of a man that can translate the records; for he has wherewith that he can look, and translate all records that are of ancient date; and it is a gift from God. And the things are called interpreters, and no man can look in them except he be commanded, lest he should look for that he ought not and he should perish. And whosoever is commanded to look in them, the same is called seer.” -Mosiah 8:13. [source]
COMMENTARY: So if Thomas Monson has access to this seer stone, and church members sustain him as a seer, why doesn’t he use the stone to translate other ancient documents? He could be a real boon to the scientific community. On the other hand, I’m beginning to understand why the church didn’t release this photograph for so long. It’s a terrible thing to be the photographer assigned to take a picture of something that you could die just by looking at. My bet, though, is that it was only after a plan was conceived in which they could setup the studio with a series of mirrors to ensure the photographer’s safety that both the church and the prospective photographer could work out an arrangement acceptable to all. But what do I know? I’m just another apostate.