Anthony Metcalf reprints letter from David Whitmer describing his experience as a BOM witness.

Mar 1887
David Whitmer

David Whitmer, Letter to Anthony Metcalfe, March 1887, rep. in Anthony Metcalfe, Ten Years Before the Mast. Shipwrecks and Adventures at Sea! Religious Customes of the People of India and Burmah's Empire. How I became a Mormon and Why I Became an Infidel! (Malad City, ID: n.p., 1888), 73–74

Anthony Metcalf
Martin Harris, J. J. Snyder, David Whitmer, Anthony Metcalf
Anthony Metcalf



In March, 1887, I wrote a letter to David Whitmer, requesting him to explain to me the condition he was in when he saw the angel and the plates, from which the Book of Mormon is supposed to have been translated. In April, 1887, I received a letter from David Whitmer, dated on the second of that month, replying to my communication, from which I copy, verbatim, as follows:

"In regards to my testimony to the visitation of the angel, who declared to us three witnesses that the Book of Mormon is true, I have this to say: Of course we were in the spirit when we had the view, for no man can behold the face of an angel, except in a spiritual view, but we were in the body also, and everything was as natural to us, as it is at any time. Martin Harris, you say, called it "being in vision."

We read in the Scriptures, Cornelius saw, in a vision, an angel of God, Daniel saw an angel in a vision, also in other places it states they saw an angel in the spirit. A bright light enveloped us where we were, that filled at noon day, and there in a vision, or in the spirit, we saw and heard just as it is stated in my testimony in the Book of Mormon. I am now passed eighty-two years old, and I have a brother, J. J. Snyder, to do my writing for me, at my dictation.

[Signed] David Whitmer

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