Encyclopedia of Mormonism, pg. 214; “The witnesses were men known for truthfulness and sobriety…”
Almost two hundred years after the fact, the Book of Mormon witnesses still play a vital part of Mormonism. Their testimonies and lives give us an inside view at how the Book of Mormon came to be and how Joseph Smith took advantage of those around him, perpetuating the lies.
Through their experiences we see half truths and innuendos the Church wants people to believe that belie the reality of what really happened all those years ago.
We’ve listed some of the pivotal experiences they lived through and some experiences that well, weren’t so much pivotal, as they were just plain weird.
They didn’t see the plates or the breastplate and neither did they see the sword of Laban, they weren’t officially ‘seers’, and they didn’t keep their testimonies. All that leads to a major false prophecy found in D&C 17.