Book of Mormon Witnesses
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Testimony of Joseph Smith
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Testimony of the Three Witnesses
- To see the text of the Testimony of Three Witnesses, click here.
- When are other times that the Lord has required the use of witnesses? What is the Lord's law of witnesses?
- Are these witnesses suggesting that the Lamanites kept a record that was incorporated into the plates they beheld, or rather that the history of the Lamanites was contained on the plates, alongside the histories of the Nephites and Jaredites?
- See 2 Ne 27:12-13, a prophecy about the three witnesses. Also Ether 3.
Testimony of the Eight Witnesses
- To see the text of the Testimony of Eight Witnesses, click here.
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- Eight witnesses: Why did these witnesses talk about certain things that appeared to be true about the plates, rather than bearing witness of the certainties they knew for sure?
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- One account of the three witnesses seeing the plates can be found here (Source: Independent Branches of Restoration RLDS)
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