Other Witnesses

 “[Katharine] told me that while dusting up the room where the Prophet had his study she saw a package on the table containing the gold plates on which was engraved the story of the Book of Mormon. She said she hefted those plates and found them very heavy like gold and also rippled her fingers up the edge of the plates and felt that they were separate metal plates and heard the tinkle of sound that they made.”

— “The Prophet’s Sister Testifies She Lifted the B. of M. Plates”

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“The plates often lay on the table without any attempt at concealment, wrapped in a small linen table cloth, which I had given him to fold them in. I once felt of the plates, as they lay on the table, tracing their outline and shape. They seemed to be pliable like thick paper, and would rustle with a metallic sound when the edges were moved by the thumb, as one does sometimes thumb the edges of a book.”

— Joseph Smith III, “Last Testimony of Sister Emma”

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“I lived by [Hyrum Smith’s] Mother [Lucy Mack Smith, in Kirtland] and she was one of the finest of women, always helping those that stood in need. She told me the whole story. The plates were in the house and sometimes in the woods for eight months on account of people trying to get them. They had to hide them once. They hid them under the hearth. They took up the brick and put them in and put the brick back.”

— Letter from Sally Parker, neighbor of Lucy Mack Smith, to John Kempton of 8/26/1838

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“I was permitted to lift them as they lay in a pillow case; but not to see them, as it was contrary to the commands he had received. They weighed about sixty pounds according to my best judgment. They were not quite as large as this Bible. . . . One could easily tell that they were not stone, hewn out to deceive, or even a block of wood. Being a mixture of gold and copper, they were much heavier than stone, and very much heavier than wood.”

— William Smith interview

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“I have heard my grandmother (Mary Musselman Whitmer) say on several occasions that she was shown the plates of the Book of Mormon by a holy angel, whom she always called Brother Nephi. (She most likely was referring to Moroni. The angel Moroni, who was in charge of the plates, was a Nephite.)”

— her grandson, John C. Whitmer in 1878

Katharine Smith Salisbury

Emma Hale Smith

Lucy Mack Smith  

William B. Smith  

Mary Musselman Whitmer

Josiah Stowell