Witnesses to the book of mormon john whitmer general. John was the third child and, like his brothers, grew up working the family farm. In 1877, when interviewed by edward stevenson, david whitmer did not mention this document. Although whitmer s belief and commitment never waned, his trust in the churchs leadership did. David whitmer january 7, 1805 january 25, 1888 was an early adherent of the latter day saint movement who eventually became the most interviewed of the three witnesses to the book of mormons golden plates. He was baptized for the remission of sins by oliver cowdery in june 1829 at. The book of john whitmer kept by commandment john whitmer. But it is an important indicator pointing in that direction. John whitmer one of the most familiar names in early mormonism. From historian to dissident the book of john whitmer bruce n.
The book of john whitmer by john whitmer nook book. John whitmer is the author of from historian to dissident 4. Johns brother david met oliver cowdery while visiting palmyra, new york. The knight and whitmer families church of jesus christ. Sep 19, 2019 mary was the mother of five sons who were witnesses to the golden plates. Murphy reported that whitmer claimed that the angel that showed him the plates had no appearance or shape and that whitmer saw nothing, in the way you understand it. He was one of the eight witnesses of the book of mormons golden plates. The prophet and oliver cowdery were present, along with john, david, and peter whitmer, jr. Born march 3, 1929, in butler, he was the son of the late merle j. Without mary whitmers support, the translation of the book of mormon would have come to a screeching halt. I published a story on his family history in bluegrass roots, v. John whitmers testimony doesnt, by itself, prove the book of mormon true. He was also one of the eight witnesses to the authenticity of the book of mormon. John whitmer statements as one of the eight witnesses i have never heard that any one of the three, or eight witnesses ever denied the testimony that they have borne to the book as published in the first edition of the book of mormon.
Believing that all the brethren who are rid of prejudice, and desire the truth only as christ has given it to us in the two sacred books, will write for my pamphlet, which will be sent to. But according to the testimony of john whitmer who was one of the eight witnesses, joseph showed them to four people at one time in his house, and then later to four other people deseret evening news, 6 august 1878, letter to the editor from p. John whitmer photograph, unknown photographer, circa 1870. I shall proceed to continue this record, being commanded of the lord and savior jesus christ, to write the things that transpire in this church inasmuch as they come to my knowledge, in these last days. It also includes links for ordering books online through createspace. Inspired by her family, shes devoted her life to building a. John whitmer phone, address, background info whitepages.
Jun 02, 2011 john whitmer s testimony doesnt, by itself, prove the book of mormon true. John whitmer and the revelations of joseph smith 159 including all of the revision of genesis completed in new york. John whitmer phone book listings in andover ny, ashland oh, bartlett il, bellingham wa, boca raton fl, buffalo ny, bullhead city az, butler pa, canton oh, cl. Not surprisingly, members of the whitmer family were among those who introduced chamberlain to the new book of scripture. John whitmer 18021878 was an early leader of the church of jesus christ of latterday saints. Sep 25, 20 john whitmer books is back online with a new website, which well use to give updates on new and forthcoming titles. Whitmer made no attempt to reconcile such apparent contradictions. John whitman has 154 books on goodreads with 15764 ratings. She is a lawyer, an educator, former prosecutor, state representative and senator. Harper invites us to examine the evidence left by oliver cowdery, david whitmer, and martin harris top to bottom as well as the eight witnesses. Aug 29, 2018 he became one of the eight witnesses to the book of mormon, along with three of his brothers, christian, jacob, and peter jr. John was confirmed a member of the german reformed church on april 5, 1822, with his brothers christian and jacob. He was one of the eight witnesses of the book of mormon.
The appearance of the messenger with the plates provided mary with spiritual and physical solace which she needed to help move the work forward. John whitmer eight witnesses statements fairmormon. In june 1829, he signed a statement testifying that he saw and handled the golden plates. In our attempt to examine the witnesses as individuals rather than collectively, john whitmer seems fitting as many of the questions regarding davids witness also apply to john. John whitmer, 18021878 book of john whitmer 18321846 typescript, hbll. I shall proceed to continue this record, being commanded of the lord and savior jesus christ. This book is the record of john whitmer, who served as mormon church historian from 1831 until his excommunication in 1838. It covers many of the early dealings of the mormon church, including its missionary efforts, time in kirtland, and persecutions in missouri. The john whitmer historical association jwha is an independent, nonprofit organization promoting study, research, and publishing about the history and culture of the latter day saint movement. Wilhelm poulson claimed that he saw a characters document in john whitmers possession. The disciples increased daily, and miracles were wrought such as healing the sick and casting out devils. The book of john whitmer by john whitmer nook book ebook.
The committee will either 1 accept the manuscript, 2 invite revision and resubmission, or 3 reject the manuscript. Acted as scribe during translation of book of mormon at whitmer home. I have never heard that any one of the three or eight witnesses ever denied the testimony that they have borne to the book as published in the first edition of the book of mormon in 1876, john whitmer, one of the eight witnesses, wrote a lengthy letter to mark forscutt, which included the following. With the rest of the eight witnesses, he claimed to have seen, handled and hefted the golden plates in june 1829. John whitmer, the book of john whitmer kept by commandment, typescript by pauline hancock, byua. David whitmer s rebuttal to john murphys june 1880 claims regarding his experience as a book of mormon witness summary. Please allow the board at least three months to respond. I have never heard that any one of the three or eight witnesses ever denied the testimony that they have borne to the book as published in the first edition of the book of mormon in 1876, john whitmer, one of the eight witnesses, wrote a. John whitmer, brother to david whitmer, was one of the eight witnesses of whom it was said he handled the plates as well as saw them. What does mary whitmer teach us about enduring trials. Between them, the knight and whitmer families constituted what became two of the first branches of the church.
It greatly strengthens the probability that joseph smith actually possessed the plates he claimed to possess and that his claims rest on more than simply personal, subjective hallucination. Join facebook to connect with john whitmer and others you may know. John whitmer and his three brothers latter day light. John and the extended whitmer family assisted joseph with the preparation and publication of the book of mormon. I have noticed whitmer queries listed on this board as late as this year. In 2005, the john whitmer historical association launched a new publishing imprint, john whitmer books.
Whitmer was also the first official church historian and a member of the presidency of the church in missouri. Our focus is on the early church through 1844 and the broader movement thereafter. She was a strong believer in the book of mormon until the day of her death. John whitmer witnesses of the golden plates and book of mormon. Jack whitmer, 89, of butler passed away peacefully on nov. John whitmer books continually seeks scholarly manuscripts for publication. The book of john whitmer is the earliest commissioned history of mormonism, published here in its entirety from the original manuscript for the first time. His family later moved to new york, eventually settling with other german families near fayette, a sparsely populated township about 30 miles southeast of palmyra. The testimonies of the witnesses printed in the book of mormon offer compelling evidence in favor of its miraculous origin. Confidante of joseph smith, book of mormon witness, first church historian whitmer, john on. John whitmer is one of the eight witnesses found in the book of mormon.
Soon after joseph arrived in fayette, 26yearold john whitmer was baptized in seneca lake. For a long time we have known that mary whitmer was also shown the plates. Oliver and john whitmer were assigned to carry the revelations to be printed in independence, a project involving the foundation of the church and the salvation of the world. He has published in the journal of american culture and elsewhere and is the recipient of a best article award from the utah historical society. John whitmer witnesses of the golden plates and book of. He was also the first official church historian and a member of the presidency of the church in missouri. Feb 27, 2014 john was the third child and, like his brothers, grew up working the family farm. To say that the book of mormon is a revelation from god, i have no hesitance.
Governor gretchen whitmer is a lifelong michigander. It is especially focused on the community of christ formerly known as the reorganized church of jesus christ of latter day saints, or rlds church, other midwestern restoration traditions, and early. He became one of the eight witnesses to the book of mormon, along with three of his brothers, christian, jacob, and peter jr. Book of commandment, 1835, lds and community of christ doctrine and covenants editions references are noted. Select this result to view john m whitmer s phone number, address, and more. Although whitmers belief and commitment never waned, his trust in the churchs leadership did. Simple and straightforward, john whitmers early history or mormonism 183144 reflects an implicit faith in jesus imminence. Although whitmer was excommunicated from the church in 1838, he never repudiated his testimony of the book of mormon, reaffirming it thereafter on at least seventy recorded occasions. John whitmer was born on august 27, 1802, in york, pennsylvania to peter whitmer, sr. I have concluded not to request the saints herald to publish my epistle, as i will not enter into a newspaper controversy. With membership, you get full access to all jwha journals and our quarterly enewsletter. Evaluating the book of mormon witnesses religious studies. Feb 26, 2020 john whitmer, the book of john whitmer kept by commandment, original manuscript, community of christ libraryarchives.
A member of the whitmer family, he was one of eight witnesses to the golden plates and the first historian of the mormon church. The account of mary whitmer, matriarch of the whitmer family, may be the most remarkable of all, not only because its details are practically identical to what was experienced by the three witnesses, but because it predates that affidavit by several months mary whitmers encounter is described in three separate accounts. John first met joseph smith in june 1829 when david whitmer brought joseph, emma, and oliver cowdery to the whitmer homestead in fayette, new york to complete the translation of the book of mormon. Research library and archives, reorganized church of jesus christ of latter day saints, independence, mo. John whitmans most popular book is eaten alive star wars. However, formatting rules can vary widely between applications and fields of interest or study. David whitmer was interviewed by john murphy in june 1880. John whitmer august 27, 1802 july 11, 1878 was an early leader in the latter day saint movement. John whitmer may be my favorite official witness to the book of mormon. He became one of the eight witnesses, who saw the book of. A wealth of information is available through the many publications offered by the john whitmer historical association and its book publishing arm john whitmer books. The second best result is john m whitmer age 60s in safford, az.
Barbelroth is a small village between landau and karlsruhe. We build enduring faith in jesus christ by making the book of mormon accessible, comprehensible, and defensible to the entire world. In his youth, jacob was educated and learned hard work by helping to run the whitmer farm. From historian to dissident signature books library. In the years following, john whitmer books has built an extensive catalog of important titles relating to the history of the restoration movement. John whitmer books is back online with a new website, which well use to give updates on new and forthcoming titles. John whitmer was present at his father peter whitmers log cabin in fayette, new york, when the original charter for the mormon church was created and signed into being on 6 april 1830. John whitmer mormonism, the mormon church, beliefs. Romig is the former archivist for the community of christ, and past president of the mormon history association and the john whitmer historical association. Mary was the mother of five sons who were witnesses to the golden plates. John whitmer was born in 1802 in fayette, new york. John is related to joanne marie ginn and kevin j whitmer as well as 2 additional people. Brand visited john whitmer and saw a facsimile of the characters of the plates. The book of john whitmer kept by commandment whitmer, john on.751 126 296 1345 1509 46 60 755 990 397 519 1044 172 1516 1076 1350 346 494 72 822 1390 701 609 584 630 951 555 559 260 600 29 285 16 971 164 1245