A few months ago, the Church published an article in one of their youth magazines that gave us pause. Their explanation of historical events concerning the Book of Mormon were disingenuous at best, leaving us to wonder what purpose it serves in lying by omission to Mormon children.

While the article itself deserves attention to the whole, for the sake of time we’re looking at only two of the ten historical items they provided in the article for today. You can read the article in full at Friend, ‘Golden Plates to Book of Mormon,’ February 2017.

The two items are listed below, followed by a few of our questions/observations!

‘9. Only a few people saw the plates. Eight men, called the Eight Witnesses, saw and touched the plates.

  1. The Three Witnesses saw the plates too. They also saw an angel and heard God’s voice. You can read the testimonies of the witnesses at the beginning of the Book of Mormon.’

Truth:

Not one of the eleven witnesses held, or visibly saw the plates with their own eyes. Here’s part of our investigation on the original 3 witnesses, as well as the others.

Contrary to what the Book of Mormon states, Comprehensive History of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints 1:137-138 tells us the original three witnesses never held or saw the plates or transcripts in person.

Instead, a heavenly messenger revealed the plates to them through a revelation and/or vision while praying out in the wooded grove near Mr. Whitmer’s home. Remember, this is not what the Book of Mormon states in the introduction.

Furthermore, we need to consider the following statements were made by Smith and Young about the original witnesses:

History of the Church 3:232;

“Such characters as McLellin, John Whitmer, David Whitmer, Oliver Cowdery, and Martin Harris are too mean to mention; and we had liked to have forgotten them.” – Joseph Smith, Liberty Jail, Missouri, Dec 16, 1838

Journal of Discourses 7:164; “Some of the Witnesses of the Book of Mormon, who handled the plates and conversed with the angels of God, were afterwards left to doubt and to disbelieve that they had ever seen an angel.” – Brigham Young, Salt Lake City, June 5, 1859

For more info see Book of Mormon Witnesses.

We’re wondering why they didn’t tell the truth to the little kids they’re teaching, and what purpose they believe is served?

Real time data shows that people are leaving the Church when they find out they’ve been lied to, and just two months earlier they told teachers to gently explain the truth when confronted with questions.

Why are they lying again?