The Catalog of Antimormon Accusations
No One Had Actually Seen the Plates
by Woody Brison

This is one leaf of a review of "Inside Mormonism: What Mormons Really Believe" by Isaiah Bennett
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Bennett's statement: No one had actually seen the plates from which the Book of Mormon was translated, though several men, called the Three Witnesses and the Eight Witnesses, are said to have seen them "with the eyes of faith" or in a vision.
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20% of the way down the page

It's crazy to find someone who was a Mormon for over a year that could think this, but Bennett's got a lot of really stupid stuff in this book, so maybe he really does.

You could believe this idea, if you restricted yourself to reading nothing but antimormon rubbish.
Any study of the Book of Mormon ought to cover the testimony of the Eight Witnesses fairly soon in the curriculum. They saw the plates. Not in a vision, not with the eyes of faith. In broad daylight, in ordinary circumstances. It proves the plates were real.

See my essay on this subject...

Joseph told the story of how he got them. It is a miraculous story. Some people will balk at that, but it's difficult to find an alternative story that incorporates the testimony of the Eight Witnesses and the other simple facts that can be solidly established.

If you grant that they must have actually seen what they say, then you can proceed to at least read the book. Then you will learn many true principles. As you become aware of a true principle, you can adopt it regardless of where you learned it, or whether you like it or not.

As you adopt more and more true principles, your intelligence will expand, you will be able to solve many problems that you could not before; and you will become prepared to understand and evaluate the rest of Joseph's story and the whole Restoration accurately.

I think the testimony of the Eight Witnesses really is a very good point to navigate by. So it suprises me that Bennett would try to dispute it, or be unaware of it.

He was an active Mormon for over a year. He was called to be a teacher in the LDS Institute program, instructing adults in the religion. Normally this would mean he had a good grasp of the basics, but I guess it doesn't always.

When the Lord restored his church to the earth, he did this work in a practical, logical way. Having Joseph Smith translate the Book of Mormon and publish it gave the early members of the church a large block of scripture to study, giving them much knowledge. Also, it demonstrated Joseph's abilities as a Seer, and the Lord's endorsement of the whole Restoration.


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