Lucy recounts experience of the 8 Witnesses.

Lucy Mack Smith
Scribed Verbatim
2nd Hand

Lucy Mack Smith, History, 1845, 155–157, The Joseph Smith Papers website, accessed August 11, 2021

Howard Coray
Hyrum Smith, Joseph Smith, Sr., Samuel Smith, Joseph Smith, Jr., Oliver Cowdery, Lucy Mack Smith

The following day we returned, a cheerful, happy company; and in a few days we were followed by Joseph, Oliver, and the Whitmers, who came to make us a visit, and make some arrangements about getting the Book printed. Soon after they came, all of the male part of the company, with together with my husband, Samuel [Smith], and Hyrum [Smith], retired to a place where the family were in the habit of offering up their secret devotions to God. They went to this place because it had been revealed to Joseph that the plates would be carried thither by one of the ancient Nephites: Here it was that those eight witnesses, whose names are recorded in the Book of Mormon, looked upon them and handled them. Of which they bear record in the following words.

[Testimony of Eight Witnesses]

After these witnesses returned to the house, the angel again made his appearance to Joseph; at which time Joseph delivered up the plates into his hands. One evening That evening we held a meeting, in which all the witnesses bore testimony to the facts as stated above; and all of our family, even to Don Carlos [Smith], who was but 14 years of age, testified of the truth of the latter day dispensation— that it was then fully ushered in.

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