My blog post on: Come Follow Me: D&C 2; JSH 1:27-65
Excerpt:In this lesson, we learn more of the early history of the Church and Joseph Smith. It had been three years since the First Vision. Joseph spend the time using a seer stone. He found the stone at the bottom of a well, after looking into someone else’s stone, which only allowed him the ability to find his own stone.
This was a time when society was beginning to move from magical items to know God (such as seer stones and divining rods) to the era of Science and Reason. Over time, Joseph would learn to straddle the line between a vertical relationship with God (revelation) and a horizontal one (using reason). It was during this time that he worked for Josiah Stowe, looking for hidden treasure, and encountering his beloved Emma Hale.
His worldly life led him again to question his standing before God.