The basic facts are as follows:
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1. Seer stone apparently used by Joseph Smith.
Smith's widow Emma passed it on to relatives of her second husband,
Lewis Bidamon. (Wilford Woodruff Museum)
2. Green seer stone owned by Utah pioneer Philo Dibble. Matches description of stone given to Joseph Smith by Jack Belcher in Pennsylvania in the 1820'
3. Stone of David Whitmer, who was a special witness to the Book of Mormon (LDS Photo Archives).
“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. ” (David Whitmer, An Address to All Believers in Christ, Richmond, Mo.: n.p., 1887, p. 12.)