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Variety and Complexity in the Witnesses to the Book of Mormon

TitleVariety and Complexity in the Witnesses to the Book of Mormon
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2021
AuthorsPeterson, Daniel C.
JournalInterpreter: A Journal of Latter-day Saint Faith and Scholarship
KeywordsAngel Moroni; Early Church History; Eight Witnesses; Smith, Joseph, Jr.; Three Witnesses

This paper examines the testimonies of the witnesses of the Book of Mormon— not only the Three Witnesses and the Eight Witnesses, but many others who experienced and testified of the reality of the Book of Mormon plates. Together, these testimonies offer impressive support for the claims of Joseph Smith regarding the Book of Mormon and, thus, the Restoration. The variety and complexity of their collective testimony makes finding a single, alternative, non-divine explanation for the witness experiences challenging, indeed.


Scripture Reference

Testimony of Three Witnesses
Testimony of Eight Witnesses