QUOTE: “The first that my husband translated, was translated by the use of the Urim and Thummim, and that was the part that Martin Harris lost, after that he used a small stone, not exactly black, but was rather a dark color.” -Emma Smith Bidamon, in a letter to Emma Pilgrim, 27 March 1870, published in Early Mormon Documents vol. 1 p. 532. [source]
GOSPEL TOPIC: “Joseph placed either the interpreters or the seer stone in a hat, pressed his face into the hat to block out extraneous light, and read aloud the English words that appeared on the instrument. … Joseph’s wife Emma explained that she ‘frequently wrote day after day’ at a small table in their house in Harmony, Pennsylvania. She described Joseph ‘sitting with his face buried in his hat, with the stone in it, and dictating hour after hour with nothing between us.'” -Book of Mormon Translation, Gospel Topics section of LDS.org. [source]
COMMENTARY: I really don’t understand why Moroni went to all the trouble of getting the plates and interpreters to Joseph Smith if all Joseph needed to produce the Book of Mormon was a hat and a peepstone. But what do I know? I’m just another apostate.