John Whitmer's testimony endures

Of the 11 "official" witnesses to the Book of Mormon, John Whitmer came closest to denying his testimony. Which is why he's a favorite of mine.

In his 1836 final column as editor of the church publication "Messenger and Advocate," Whitmer bore witness of the plates and the Book of Mormon:

"I desire to testify to all that will come to the knowledge of this address," he wrote, "that I have most assuredly seen the plates from whence the Book of Mormon is translated, and that I have handled these plates, and know of a surety that Joseph Smith, Jr., has translated the Book of Mormon by the gift and power of God."

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