The Lord answered that David Whitmer, Martin Harris, and I were to be the Three Special Witnesses. We went into the woods and knelt in prayer to ask for the experience that was promised. After several unsuccessful attempts, Martin Harris disclosed that he felt he was the reason we were not receiving a response and he soon left.*  
     
  Upon our next attempt we beheld a light above us in the air, in which the Angel
Moroni stood holding the Plates. A table was set before us upon which lay the Gold
Plates, the Urim and Thummim ( Interpreters ), the Liahona, the Sword of Laban, and other special preserved artifacts mentioned in the Book of Mormon. Moroni turned the pages on the Gold Plates one by one so that we could see them. Afterwards we heard the voice of The Lord from out of the bright light above us saying :
 
  “ These Plates have been revealed by the power of God, and they have been translated by the power of God - the translation of them, which you have seen is correct, and I command you to bear record of what you now see and hear. ” 1  
  These testimonies included
the three senses of hearing,
seeing, and touching. The experience occurred in broad daylight and on two different occasions. 2
 

 

* Read about Martin Harris’s experience on page 94.
1 Reynolds ; “ Book of Mormon Authorship Revisited,” Page 41,
2 James ; “ The Man Who Knew, ” Page 160, Ricks ; “ The Case of the Book of Mormon Witnesses,” Page 10

 

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