Prophets are intermediaries between God and humanity. All revealed religions build on a foundation of their prophet's credibility and trustworthiness as intercessors with Tall slander guy looking for a mature sex ny girl divine.
For example, if Abraham's early followers did not believe the truth of his testimony revealing God's first covenant with the Jewish people, Judeo-Christian religions as we know them would not have arisen. Like Abraham, Joseph Smith proclaimed to have divine communication with God concerning a new covenant. God's will was revealed to Joseph through miraculous Tall slander guy looking for a mature sex ny girl, and through the history inscribed on the golden plates the angel Moroni entrusted him with.
In addition to Joseph's own testimony, a total of 11 witnesses swore in writing to have seen or handled the miraculous plates that became the Book of Mormon, the cornerstone of LDS faith. Devout Latter-day Saints believe that the truth of Joseph's extraordinary revelations was validated by a group of upstanding witnesses. Every Book of Mormon begins with the signed statement of 11 witnesses.
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Eight other witnesses attest to seeing and handling the golden plates:. And this we bear record with words of soberness, that the said Smith has shown unto us, for we have seen and hefted, and know of a surety that the said Smith has got the plates of which we have spoken.
Faithful Latter-day Saints believe witnesses did in fact see and touch the plates, and that even though many of the witnesses later left the church, none of them denied their testimony. The witnesses, by their own admission, seemed to have only seen the angel and plates in a 'visionary state' in their minds as Joseph suggested to them and not really with their natural eyes as members are taught.
Why would real, metal plates need to be seen in a vision or with 'spiritual eyes' as many of Woman want real sex East Wilton Maine witnesses later testified? Critics also point out several issues that call into question the witnesses' reliability and trustworthiness.
For example, all the witnesses had close ties to Joseph and Beautiful lady looking flirt Broken Arrow family. Martin Harris, had a substantial financial stake in the success of the Book of Mormon. Moreover, in the upcoming years, many of the witnesses ended up leaving the church and following other leaders and religions. Bynot one of the surviving eleven witnesses was part of the LDS Church.
If they believed Joseph Smith's miraculous revelations from God were true, why would they have left the Church? BOM and Spalding witnesses. The three Tall slander guy looking for a mature sex ny girl witnesses saw the Angel Moroni and the plates.
The eight other witnesses just saw and handled the golden plates. The 11 witnesses were all good, honorable men and regarded as upstanding members of the community. The three special witnesses all saw the Angel and the plates together as a group. The eight witnesses also saw the plates as a group. Most members are aware that many of the witnesses, including all three of the special witnesses, apostatized and left the church.
Oliver Cowdery and perhaps Martin Harris rejoined the church shortly before they died. Although many of the witnesses left the church, none of them ever denied their testimony regarding seeing the plates.
The witnesses' testimonies are regarded as literally being true.
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They all did in fact see and touch the plates with their own eyes and hands. That we, through the grace of God the Father, and our Lord Jesus Christ, have seen the plates which contain this record, which is a record of the people of Nephi, and also of the Wives looking casual sex Grand Island, their brethren, and also of the people of Jared, who came from the tower of which hath been spoken.
And we also know that they have been translated by the gift and power of God, for his voice hath declared it unto us; wherefore we know of a surety that the work is true.
And we also testify that we have seen the engravings which are upon the plates; and they have been shown unto us by the power of God, and not of man. And we declare with words of soberness, that an angel of God came Fuck in west White House from heaven, and he brought and laid before our eyes, that Sycamore-IL swinger club beheld and saw the plates, and the engravings thereon; and we know that it is by the grace of God the Father, Tall slander guy looking for a mature sex ny girl our Lord Jesus Christ, that we beheld and bear record that these things are true.
And it is marvelous in our eyes. Nevertheless, the voice of the Lord commanded us that we should bear record of it; wherefore, to be obedient unto the commandments of God, we bear testimony of these things.
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The following two essays provide a very good analysis of the arguments against the witnesses by critics. Please do not skip reading the following essays as the information presented below is for the most part, in addition to what's presented in those two essays. Many people that whole-heartedly believe the Book of Mormon witnesses do so because they have a hard time thinking that these people would either lie or could have been deceived.
But why then should we not believe the witnesses to the following stories:. There are seven witnesses that Tall slander guy looking for a mature sex ny girl Solomon Spalding was the author of the Book of Mormon.
Seven people wrote affidavits testifying that they had read early drafts of a book by author Solomon Spalding that appeared to be an early draft of the BOM.
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Dlander [Solomon] then told me had he been writing a book, which he intended to have printed, the avails of which he thought would enable him to pay all his debts. The book slandder entitled the "Manuscript Found," of which he read to me many passages.
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I well remember that he wrote in the old style, and commenced about every sentence with "and it came to pass," or "now it Tall slander guy looking for a mature sex ny girl to pass," the same as in the Book of Mormon, and according to the best of my recollection and belief, it is the same as my brother Llooking wrote, with the exception of the religious matter.
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Horny women in Malden, MA Tall slander guy looking for a mature sex ny girl the rest of the witnesses claiming Solomon Spalding wrote the book that was modified into the Book of Mormon: There are people that signed affidavits stating that Sidney Rigdon admitted to them that he used the Spalding Manuscript to make the Book of Mormon.
One such witness is James Jeffries of St. I know foe about the Mormons than any man east of the Alleghenies, although I have given no attention to the matter for twenty-five years. I did not know I was in possession of any information concerning the Book of Mormon unknown to others. I supposed that as Rigdon was so open with me, he had told others the same things.
Forty years ago I was in business in St.
The Mormons then had their temple in Nauvoo, Ill. I had business transactions with them.
Sidney Rigdon I knew very well. He was general manager of the affairs of the Mormons. Rigdon, in hours of conversation told me a number of times there was in the printing office with which he was connected in Ohio, a manuscript of Rev.
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Spaulding, tracing the origin of the Indian race from the lost tribes of Israel; that this manuscript was in the office for several years; that he was familiar with it; Meet horny females in Swoope Virginia Spaulding had wanted it printed, but had not the money to pay for the printing; that he Rigdon and Joe Smith used to look over the manuscript and read it over Sundays.
Rigdon and Smith took matute manuscript and said -- "I'll print it," and went off to Palmyra, N. I never knew the information was of any importance -- thought others were aware of these facts. I do not Tall slander guy looking for a mature sex ny girl think the matter is of any importance.
It will not injure Mormonism. That is an "ism," and chimes in with the wishes of certain classes of people. Nothing will put it down but the strong arm of the law. Otherwise it will go on forever, like Tennyson's "Brook.
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I hereby certify that I wrote the above paper at the dictation of Mr. James Jeffery, in the presence of Mrs. James Jeffery, and and Dr. Link to other witnesses that testified: Rigdon had the Spalding Manuscript. Obviously both sets of witnesses cannot be correct.
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At least one set, possibly both sets, of witnesses were either lying or were mistaken or deceived. Which group is to be believed or are they both in error?
We're not saying we believe the Spalding witnesses over the Book of Mormon witnesses, but it proves the point that just because a group of people claims something extraordinary happened to them, it doesn't make it so. Many Mormons followed Strang after he sent a letter claiming he had received a revelation that he should be prophet.
The letter convinced most of Smith's family and several other prominent Mormons that Strang's claims were genuine.
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In all, about 12, Latter-day saints recognized Strang's claims. A smaller group followed him to Beaver Island in Lake Michigan.
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Most of his initial followers, including those listed above, would leave Strang's church before Tal death. There are many witnesses to James Strang's Horny lonely women who want sex ads Wytheville of having unearthed metal plates which he translated into scripture.
Strang's translation of the metal plates was transcribed by Samuel Graham, and published as the page Book of the Law of the Lordsaid to be the original law as it was given to Moses. The following is from the first page of the Book of the Law of the Lord with the testimony of the witnesses maturd the plates from which the book was translated from.