Witnesses of the Plates

There have been many whose calling and blessing it is to be current day witnesses of the Gold Plates which contain the ancient record of the Book of Mormon, Sealed Portion and at least one more Sealed book.    Below are some of those names  (some names being witheld for varying reasons):

Mauricio A Berger

Mauricio called 3 men to be the original witnesses of the Gold Plates, the Sword of Laban and the Seer Stones.  These original witnesses of the Ancient Sacred artifacts all live in Brazil:  Joni  Batista, Valdeci Machado and Wagner Zeppenfeld.    

Mauricio Berger then invited Joseph F Smith  to come to Brazil and Joseph, in turn,  invited Bob Moore to be his traveling companion.  In October 2017 Joseph and Bob met Mauricio, and the other original witnesses and together they held the Gold Plates, sword of Laban and the interpreters.

Mauricio Berger then gave the assignment to Joseph F Smith to select 6 others to come to Brazil to be among the witnesses, these from the United States.  Joseph F Smith selected:    Samuel Gould, David Gilmore, Kelvin Henson, Tyler Crowell, Gary Metzger, and one other and in March of 2018 they beheld the sacred artifacts, excepting for the sword of Laban.   

The original witnesses (Brazilian) statement is here

The 8 witnesses (American) statement is here.

Photos of some of the witnesses are here.

“Wherefore, the Lord God will proceed to bring forth the words of the book; and in the mouth of as many witnesses as seemeth him good, will he establish his word; and wo be unto him that rejecteth the word of God.” 2nd Nephi 11:135 RLDS 1908; 2nd Nephi 27:14 LDS

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