A persistent rumor among celestials, the Urim and Thummin are the set (two pairs) of spectacles supposedly given to Joseph Smith by the angel Moroni to translate the golden plates found in the nearby hills. The nonexistence (in canon, at least) of an angel named Moroni - or any angel who admits to visiting Joseph Smith as Moroni - has made it nearly impossible to verify this story, or the existence of the Urim and Thummin.
Yet every celestial knows someone who knows someone who knows someone who's seen them in person... for sure.
Supposedly, the Urim allow a normal human to read and write in the Angelic language. The Thummin, though worn over the eyes as normal, allow a normal human to understand and (on a successful Singing roll) sing the Angelic language! Few celestials doubt that such artifacts can, and possibly do, exist... but then there's the fabled effect of BOTH pairs of glasses being worn at once....
According to rumor, when a human (and only a human) puts on both pairs of spectacles - a very bulky and obvious sight indeed - he or she can see celestials. In or out of vessels. Automatically and unerringly. (Whether or not it can see through Humanity depends on who's telling the story.)
Further abilities appear in certain tellings - it varies from storyteller to storyteller - some good and some bad. One of the more common 'additions' is the infliction of a new Discord (Intolerance: Blacks) over the course of time. Be wary of how much you believe... especially if a Kobalite is anywhere near your side of the grapevine.
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