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Gazelem is a person or stone mentioned in the Book of Mormon.

Alma 37:23 reads, "And the Lord said: I will prepare unto my servant Gazelem, a stone, which shall shine forth in darkness unto light, that I may discover unto my people who serve me, that I may discover unto them the works of their brethren, yea, their secret works, their works of darkness, and their wickedness and abominations."

The punctuation seems to indicate that Gazelem is the name of the stone, not the servant, but this interpretation is not universal. The index to the current LDS edition of the Book of Mormon, for instance, defines Gazelem as "Name given to servant of God."[1]

The identity of Gazelem is uncertain, but the most likely candidates are (the seer stones used by) Mosiah and Joseph Smith. The Jaredites are the people whose secret works Gazelem is to bring to light, and both Mosiah and Joseph Smith are supposed to have used seer stones to translate the Jaredite record.

In early editions of the Doctrine and Covenants, Gazelam (sic) is one of the code names used for Joseph Smith, suggesting that he may have identified himself with Gazelem of the Book of Mormon.


  1. ^ "Index". The Official Scriptures of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Intellectual Reserve, Inc. 2006. Retrieved 2006-08-05.  



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