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The Book of Mormon

The Testimony Of Witnesses
THE TESTIMONY OF THREE WITNESSES
Be it known unto all nations, kindreds, tongues, and people, unto whom this work shall
come: That we, through the grace of God the Father, and our Lord Jesus Christ, have seen
the plates which contain this record, which is a record of the people of Nephi, and also of
the Lamanites, their brethren, and also of the people of Jared, who came from the tower
of which hath been spoken. And we also know that they have been translated by the gift
and power of God, for his voice hath declared it unto us; wherefore we know of a surety
that the work is true. And we also testify that we have seen the engravings which are
upon the plates; and they have been shown unto us by the power of God, and not of man.
And we declare with words of soberness, that an angel of God came down from heaven,
and he brought and laid before our eyes, that we beheld and saw the plates, and the
engravings thereon; and we know that it is by the grace of God the Father, and our Lord
Jesus Christ, that we beheld and bear record that these things are true. And it is marvelous
in our eyes. Nevertheless, the voice of the Lord commanded us that we should bear
record of it; wherefore, to be obedient unto the commandments of God, we bear
testimony of these things. And we know that if we are faithful in Christ, we shall rid our
garments of the blood of all men, and be found spotless before the judgment-seat of
Christ, and shall dwell with him eternally in the heavens. And the honor be to the Father,
and to the Son, and to the Holy Ghost, which is one God. Amen.
OLIVER COWDERY
DAVID WHITMER
MARTIN HARRIS
THE TESTIMONY OF EIGHT WITNESSES
Be it known unto all nations, kindreds, tongues, and people, unto whom this work shall
come: That Joseph Smith, Jun., the translator of this work, has shown unto us the plates
of which hath been spoken, which have the appearance of gold; and as many of the leaves
as the said Smith has translated we did handle with our hands; and we also saw the
engravings thereon, all of which has the appearance of ancient work, and of curious
workmanship. And this we bear record with words of soberness, that the said Smith has
shown unto us, for we have seen and hefted, and know of a surety that the said Smith has
got the plates of which we have spoken. And we give our names unto the world, to
witness unto the world that which we have seen. And we lie not, God bearing witness of
it.
CHRISTIAN WHITMER
JACOB WHITMER
PETER WHITMER, JUN.
JOHN WHITMER
 
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