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What do Mormons think of occult practices such as Tarot cards?

Are they evil, or permitted given that Joseph Smith used a seer stone and read the golden tablets from the stone in the hat?
“Joseph Smith would put the seer stone into a hat, and put his face in the hat, drawing it closely around his face to exclude the light; and in the darkness the spiritual light would shine. A piece of something resembling parchment would appear, and on that appeared the writing. One character at a time would appear, and under it was the interpretation in English. Brother Joseph would read off the English to Oliver Cowdery, who was his principal scribe, and when it was written down and repeated to Brother Joseph to see if it was correct, then it would disappear, and another character with the interpretation would appear. Thus the Book of Mormon was translated by the gift and power of God, and not by any power of man.” (David Whitmer, An Address to All Believers in Christ, Richmond, Mo.: n.p., 1887, p. 12.)
http://library.lds.org/nxt/gateway.dll/Magazines/Ensign/1993.htm/ensign%20july%201993.htm/a%20treasured%20testament.htm

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  1. Joseph Smith used the Urim and thummin…and a seer stone. Yes David Whitmer is right it’s translated by the power of God. No we don’t do tarot cards, astrology or any other occultic practices . The seer stone isn’t occultic.

  2. As a latter-day saint, I believe that wicked spirits walk the earth as well as righteous ones. Tarot cards, wigi boards [sp?], mediums, etc can be used to communicate with spirits, but we cannot always control the spirit which is called. I personally avoid such practices, even for fun or entertainment.

  3. They think that the only good fortune-telling is Mormon fortune-telling. More specifically, a blessing (a kind of prediction of your life) which is considered to be sacred and not to be shared with others.
    http://exmormon.blogspot.com/2004/12/patriarchal-blessings-magical.html
    Like most evangelical Christians, they think that magic is a usurpation of God and that it should be avoided.
    http://www.lightplanet.com/mormons/daily/prayer/improper_channels.htm

  4. yes mormons have their own psychics, a patriarch who goves a patriarticle blessing, the one i got, I burned, it was not a blessing. It started me on my walk out of the church of Jesus christ of latter-day saints.

  5. Tarot cards aren’t really an occult practice. They are really playing cards intended for a type of game still played in European countries. It is tarot reading which is the occult practice. Whatever people believe about divination, it should be recognized there is a difference between tarot cards and tarot reading. There’s really nothing intrinsically occult about tarot cards themselves.

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