William Glen recalls hearing Martin Harris bear testimony of the BOM.

Oct 2, 1943
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William Glen
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C. Frank Steele, "Harris Testimony Recalled. Canadian Tells of Seeing Witness," Deseret News (October 2, 1943):, Church Section, 32

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Edward Stevenson, William Glen, Robert Barter, Martin Harris, C. Frank Steele, O. E. Fischbacher
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Residing in the town of Cardston, Alberta, is a Latter-day Saints, a pioneer of the West, William Glen. He was born in Scotland and emigrated to Utah in the early days. At the age of 12 years he was living in the Wellsville Ward, Utah, and it was there that he met Martin Harris, one of the Three Witnesses to the Book of Mormon.

Martin Harris, as all students of Church history know, left the Church and remained in the East when the Saints migrated to the Sale Lake Valley under Pres. Brigham Young. In his old age his heart was touched and through the good offices of Elder Edward Stevenson, who interceded for him with the General Authorities, Martin Harris came to Utah and was again received into the membership and fellowship of the Church through baptism. That was in 1870.


William Glen recalls clearly hearing Martin Harris affirm his testimony to the authenticity of the Book of Mormon. This is the conversation Brother Glen heard between Bishop Robert Barter and Martin Harris, according to the Cardston resident's own words:

Bishop Barter: "Are you sure you saw the Angel and the records of the Book of Mormon in the form of gold plates?"

Martin Harris: "Gentlemen," and he held out his right hand, "do you see that hand? Are you sure you see it? Or are your eyes playing you a trick or something? No. Well, as sure as you see my hand so sure did I see the Angel and the plates. Brethren, I know I saw and heard these things, and the Lord knows I know these things of which I have spoken are true."


Brother Glen solemnly declares he hard this impressive testimony from the lips of Martin Harris, and though it was many years ago it is as vivid today as it was at the time the conversation took place in Wellsville. Brother Glen states he helped to erect the first edifice in England built by the Church. That was in 1907-'8.

Recently he was visited by O. E. Fischbacher of Vancouver, B. C., who heard from him the foregoing testimony. The picture accompanying this article shows Brother Glen and Brother Fischbacher taken at Cardston, May 30, 1943.

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