Seer Stones, Folk Magic, and Alvin’s Hand

Mormonism’s beginnings are deeply connected with the folk magic practice of the Smith Family and Joseph Smith himself. This session will expound on the Chase family, water witching, magic circles, guardian spirits, throat slit Spaniards, Obadiah Dogberry, Joseph’s seer stones, and of course Alvin’s hand. Once we understand these narratives, Mormonism’s beginnings look quite different.

Bill Reel