Question: Did Hiram Page, one of the Eight Witnesses to the Book of Mormon, ever deny having seen the plates?

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Question: Did Hiram Page, one of the Eight Witnesses to the Book of Mormon, ever deny having seen the plates?

Hiram Page remained "true and faithful to his testimony of the divinity of the Book of Mormon until the very last"

Insisted Hyrum Page:

As to the Book of Mormon, it would be doing injustice to myself, and to the work of God of the last days, to say that I could know a thing to be true in 1830, and know the same thing to be false in 1847.[1]

Page's son recalled after his death:

I knew my father to be true and faithful to his testimony of the divinity of the Book of Mormon until the very last. Whenever he had an opportunity to bear his testimony to this effect, he would always do so, and seemed to rejoice exceedingly in having been privileged to see the plates.[2]

Notes

  1. Letter of Hiram Page to William E. McLellin (30 May 1847), Ray County, Mo.; cited in Ensign of Liberty 1 (1848): 63.
  2. Andrew Jenson, Historical Record (Salt Lake City: Andrew Jenson, 1888), 7:614.