David Whitmer’s Final Testimony of the Book of Mormon


David Whitmer was excommunicated from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in 1838 for turning against Church members and joining in persecuting them. Though he never returned to the Church in his lifetime, he never denied the authenticity of the Book of Mormon, and even publicly defended it near the end of his life in the Richmond, Missouri, Conservator on March 25, 1881:

A picture Book of Mormon on top of a table with office items depicted in the 1800's.  “Unto all Nations, Kindreds, Tongues and People, unto whom these presents shall come: . . . I wish now, standing as it were, in the very sunset of life, and in the fear of God, once [and] for all to make this public statement: That I have never at any time denied that testimony [of the Book of Mormon] or any part thereof, which has so long since been published with that book, as one of the Three Witnesses. Those who know me best well know that I have always adhered to that testimony. And that no man may be misled or doubt my present views in regard to the same, I do again affirm the truth of all my statements as then made and published. “He that hath an ear to hear, let him hear;” it was no delusion; what is written is written, and he that readeth let him understand. “And if any man doubt, should he not carefully and honestly read and understand the same before presuming to sit in judgment and condemning the light, which shineth in darkness, and showeth the way of eternal life as pointed out by the unerring hand of God?” In the Spirit of Christ, who hath said: “Follow thou me, for I am the life, the light and the way,” I submit this statement to the world; God in whom I trust being my judge as to the sincerity of my motives and the faith and hope that is in me of eternal life. My sincere desire is that the world may be benefited by this plain and simple statement of the truth. And all the honor to the Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost, which is one God. Amen!”

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David Whitmer's Final Testimony of the Book of Mormon
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One of the three witnesses to the Book of Mormon gives his final testimony of the book before his death.

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