What is a Urim & Thummim, and how will the earth become like one?
Is this like the statement by Brigham Young that missionaries would teach people on the moon and the sun? (still waiting for that mission call) Or is it an example of a pre-industrial man trying to explain 21st century technology in terms he understood?
What is a Urim & Thummim?
- Literal translation yields several choices: “truth and light,” “lights and perfections,” “revelation and truth” or “truth and doctrine.”
- An ancient form of communication with God along with dreams and prophets. (like lds.org?)
- Sometimes they were used by prophets, but the implication is that they could also be used by others to answer yes/no questions. (Sounds like binary code to me, the basis of all computer programming . . .)
So, what was the prophecy? Joseph Smith said (in April 1843):
“The earth when it is purified will be made like unto crystal (or a computer monitor perhaps?) and will be a Urim & Thummim whereby all things pertaining to an inferior kingdom or all kingdoms of a lower order will be manifest to those who dwell on it.” (it could be called “wiki-worlds” CK could stay in touch with lower kingdoms through open forums and chat rooms, perhaps a Facebook style application.)
“Then the white stone (a mouse? or maybe a hard token? or a flash drive?) mentioned in Rev. c 2 v 17 is the Urim & Thummim whereby all things pertaining to an higher order of kingdoms even all kingdoms will be made known and a white stone (could be a white blackberry–I hope it’s got GPS and wi-fi!) is given to each of those who come into this celestial kingdom, whereon is a new name written which no man knoweth save he that receiveth it. The new name is the key word.” (or password? although some people will probably just stick it on a post it note in their desk drawer; do you people care nothing for security?)
Could the internet be a Urim & Thummim according to the prophecy and descriptions? If so, did Al Gore know he was fulfilling Mormon prophecy when he invented it? Does that, in fact, make him a Mormon (well, posthumously maybe)? Speaking of Al Gore’s inventions (went there!), is global warming what is meant by the earth being cleansed by fire at the last day (maybe “by fire” was an exaggeration)? What do you think? Discuss.
P.S. Please forgive my shameless digs at our former popularly elected president. All meant in good fun.