Conflicting Leadership Testimonies of Original and Modern LDS

09 October

Three Witnesses TestimonyToday we’re looking at testimonies of the original BoM witnesses and comparing them with testimonies of LDS authorities today. As you might imagine, we have a few questions!

You can find the original testimony of the 3 witnesses in the front cover of every Book of Mormon and on their website.

Why do the testimonies of the original three witnesses to the Book of Mormon conflict with the testimonies of today’s LDS prophets and apostles?

The original witnesses, Oliver Cowdery, Martin Harris, and David Whitmer all testified

‘…And honor be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Ghost, which is one God. Amen.’

Would LDS authorities today agree to what they said back then?

If not, then why does the modern leadership extol the testimonies of the original witnesses?

Teachings of Presidents of the Church: Joseph Fielding Smith, (2013), Chapter 9: Witnesses of the Book of Mormon,’ pp. 127–38; “I know that the testimony of these [three] witnesses recorded in each copy of the Book of Mormon is true, that they stood in the presence of an angel of God who declared unto them that the record as it was translated was correct, that their testimony that God spoke to them from the heavens calling upon them to bear witness of that fact is true…”

We have to ask: is the entire testimony true, or just part of it? And what do they think of James Talmage’s testimony?

Articles of Faith, p. 40; “That these three are separate individuals, physically distinct from each other, is demonstrated by the accepted records of divine dealings with man,” – James Talmage

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