QUOTE: “People have asked me, ‘Do you really believe that Joseph Smith translated with seer stones? How would something like this be possible?’ And I answer, ‘Yes! That is exactly what I believe.’ This was done as Joseph said: by the gift and power of God. In reality, most of us use a kind of ‘seer stone’ every day. My mobile phone is like a ‘seer stone.’ I can get the collected knowledge of the world through a few little inputs. I can take a photo or a video with my phone and share it with family on the other side of our planet. I can even translate anything into or from many different languages! If I can do this with my phone, if human beings can do this with their phones or other devices, who are we to say that God could not help Joseph Smith, the Prophet of the Restoration, with his translation work? If it is possible for me to access the knowledge of the world through my phone, who can question that seer stones are impossible for God?” –Dieter F. Uchtdorf, on his Facebook page, 21 June 2016. [source]
COMMENTARY: Okay, everybody, here’s a fun exercise to see how closely your smart phone is to Joseph’s seer stone. Take your smart phone seer stone in hand, start your web browser app, and type in “book of Abraham facsimile 2 translation.” Unless your smart phone seer stone has been possessed by the devil, this will probably give you a page showing possible matches to your query, just as it did for Joseph Smith. Stick your smart phone seer stone into a hat and read the first five or so matches to your query, and then ask God with full intent if they aren’t true. If you’re diligent in your search, you’ll probably be able to translate some of the Egyptian characters about which Joseph said, “Ought not to be translated at this time” and “if the world can find out these numbers, so let it be. Amen.” Praise God and Steve Jobs. If that’s not super-exciting, I don’t know what is. But what do I know? I’m just another apostate.