LDS: not seen through "physical" eyes but "spiritual" eyes?

So I was curious about this, but I came upon where there were other people who were with Joseph Smith during his life. And I noticed how they didn't say they saw the plates/visions through normal eyes, but "spiritual eyes" and Joseph Smith led them through it. what does this mean, exactly? Why... show more So I was curious about this, but I came upon where there were other people who were with Joseph Smith during his life. And I noticed how they didn't say they saw the plates/visions through normal eyes, but "spiritual eyes" and Joseph Smith led them through it. what does this mean, exactly? Why couldn't they see it with their physical eyes? Why did they have to see it with their "spiritual" eyes? Is there any examples of how this is used today?
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