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Orig JOHN WHITMER 6 MAY 1877 BOOK OF MORMON TESTIMONY / Joseph R Lambert Journal:
ORIGINALCHURCH OF JESUS CHRIST OF LATTER-DAY SAINTS CO-FOUNDER JOHN WHITMER 6 MAY 1877 BOOK OF MORMON TESTIMONY - AFFIXED INSIDE RLDS ELDER JOSEPH R. LAMBERT "SCRAP-BOOK" JOURNALMORMON CHURCH CO-FOUNDER JOHN WHITMER'S ORIGINAL'LOST'' BOOK OFMORMON 6th MAY 1877 TESTIMONY & LINKTO GOLD PLATES OF NEPHIFOUND IN / WITH JOSEPH R.LAMBERT JOURNAL & OTHER WITH THE RLDS HAVING ESSENTIALLY BECOMEA CHRIST BASED CHURCH IN 2001 - BECOMING CALLED"COMMUNITY OF CHRIST" CHURCH UNDER A NEWCHARTER - & NOW THE LDS HAVING MADE A CHANGEAS WELL - RECENTLY CHANGING ITS NAME TO "CHURCHOF JESUS CHRIST" AFTER DROPPING THE "LATER-DAYSAINTS" - THERE UNDOUBTEDLY ARE MANY MILLIONSOUT OF THE 16,600,000 MORMONS TODAY IN THE WORLDWHOARE NOT EXCITED ABOUT THESEAWKWARD CHANGES.FOR THE MULTITUDES OF MORMONS WHO STILL HAVEFAITH IN THE ORIGINAL LDS BOOK OF MORMON DOCTRINEAS PUBLISHED IN 1830 AND STILL WOULD LIKE TO ADHERETO AND PRACTICE THE ORIGINAL DOCTRINE - HERE NOWTHIS CAN BECOME VERY POSSIBLE BY PURCHASING THISMOST SIGNIFICANT JOHN WHITMER TESTIMONY RELIC OF6 MAY 1877 - AND WITH THE PHYSICAL DOCUMENT 'IN-HAND,'CAN EASILY REGAIN THE LOST LINK TO THE "GOLD PLATESOF NEPHI" THAT WAS SEVERED WHEN THE ORIGINALSIGNATURE PAGE OF THE ORIGINAL BOOK OF MORMONMANUSCRIPT WAS HIDDEN BEHIND THE CORNERSTONE ATTHE NAUVOO HOUSE AND THEN THE MIGHTY MISSISSIPPIRIVER ROSE AND DESTROYED THE SACRED WHITMER 6 MAY 1877 TESTIMONY TO THE BOOKOFMORMON / JOSEPH R. LAMBERT'S RDLS MORMONJOURNALDOROTHY ROBERTS TRANSCRIPTION OF"EARLY PITMAN" SHORTHAND MORMON TEXT& OTHER EFFECTS FOUNDWITH THE JOURNAL- COMPRISING A COMPLETE MORMON ARCHIVETHAT INCLUDES THE CLOSEST AND ONLYLINK TO THE FABLED GOLDEN PLATES OF NEPHIAS HANDED DOWN TO PROPHET JOSEPH SMITH -WHICH JOHN WHITMER HIMSELFHAD offer is JOSEPH R. LAMBERT'S MORMON "SCRAP-BOOK"journal that has affixed by paste an important 6 MAY 1877 datedmanuscript letter of testimony reaffirming the original testimonyofJOHN WHITMER, one of the EIGHT WITNESSES found in the1830 BOOK OF MORMON and co-founder of the CHURCHOFJESUS CHRIST OF LATTER-DAY SAINTS. Searching the workisalso often referred to as:
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CATEGORY: JOHN WHITMER WIKIAccomplished by JOHN WHITMER, the original letter shown isdated 6 May 1877. John Whitmer was the most prominentco-founder of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints(LDS) almost a full half century before. The charter establishingthe Church was signed on April 6, 1830 at the Whitmer familyhomestead in Fayette, New York, in John Whitmer's father PeterWhitmer, Jr's. cabin there. Later, in the year 1831, John Whitmerbecame the very first Church historian, having been appointedto this position by Mormon Prophet Joseph Smith. The ProphetSmith had been "commanded by God" to carry out the JohnWhitmer assignment.Conversely, in early 1838 John Whitmer became the first Mormonto become excommunicated from the same Church of Jesus Christof Latter-day Saints.Almost forty years past his excommunication, when John Whitmerexecuted his 6 May 1877 re-affirmation testimony to the Book ofMormon, never to that day had he rejoined the LDS Church.Whitmer's 6 May 1877 letter of re-asserting his testimony to theBook of Mormon was sent to Joseph R. Lambert (1845 - 1932)of the Re-Organized Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints(RLDS) in Missouri in following to a letter of inquiry that RDLSBishop Lambert had sent Whitmer on 24 April 1877. This original manuscript letter of testimony supports and validatesthat the fabled GOLD PLATES OF NEPHI, as delivered toPROPHET JOSEPH SMITH by MORMON'S son ANGELMORONI, were realand truly existed.As it was, MARTIN HARRIS one of the first devout Mormon disciples,was one of the scribes who had come to Harmony, PA. to help MormonProphet Smith translate the Gold Plates. At one point Harris had taken116 pages of the transcribed pages to show his wife back in Palmyra,New York. One account asserts that Harris's wife was skeptical of whatshe saw and is said to have destroyed the 116 manuscript pages, whileanother account speaks of "wicked men" who destroyed the 116 pagesHarris had brought back to Palmyra.Upon learning of this loss, Angel Moroni retaliated and took backthe Golden Plates from Prophet Joseph Smith. What Smith hastranscribed up to that time, was what would become the Book ofMormon. This cast the authenticity of the Book of Mormon intoa pool of uncertain credibility that would follow the work foreverinto the future going forward.
The Gold Plates or Golden Plates are the material upon which theancient fabled American prophet Mormon wrote his abridgment ofthe record of his people. Mormon's son Angel Moroni buried the GoldPlates in the soil at Hill Cumorah, Palmyra, New York State wherethey were found by Joseph Smith. Prophet Smith had learned oftheir location by revelation under the guidance of Angel Moroni.The Gold Plates were then translated by Joseph Smith from theoriginal reformed Egyptian texts, and in 1830 was subsequentlypublished into scriptures that became known as the Book ofMormon.The Whitmer manuscript letter actually had been on record asexisting to the Mormon Churches for almost 150 years yet theexistence was buried or 'lost' for almost the same period of time.Outside of Joseph R. Lambert's immediate family, no one in anyof the Mormon Churches has ever been shown Whitmer's sacred1877 Mormon testimony, as the testimony was kept hidden pastedonto one of many pages of the cloth and leather bound"Scrap-Book" that once belonged to Joseph R. Lambert,who died in 1932. The journal was filled with newspaper clippings of Mormoninterest from the 1870's and pages of odd text written in anunknown form that were thought at first, when initiallydiscovered around the year 2001, to be Mormon heiroglyphicsthat were modified from original reformed Egyptian texts.Laying unnoticed in the Lambert familial effects for well overhalf a century since the 1932 death of Joseph R. Lambert, theoriginally Missouri based household effects were removed tothe Southeast United States and surfaced in Florida when asubsequent family heir had retired to this region and ultimatelydied there.
About five years after the scrap book's 2001 discovery by historianand writer Richard Warren Lipack at Renninger's, an open-airantique flea market in Mt. Dora, Florida, nothing much wasunderstood about it. The fact that John Whitmer was identifiedby his letter of testimony was self The Mormon newspaper clippingsin English affixed to the pages were interesting to read, but thehandwritten comments in a strange heiroglypic form seen writtennext to the clippings remained a mystery. They remainedundecipherable and thus this kept further formidable researchfrom being conducted. At one point looking through an old late-1800's book on Pitmanshorthand at an antiques show in the year 2006, Lipack noticeda certain character he remembered seeing in his Mormon journal.According to the Pitman book, it came to be understood as beingthe word for "God." After purchasing the little book on Pitman, Lipackstarted to contact Pitman shorthand organizations and Pitman studygroups in both the US and Canada, and sent samples of the journal'stext to them for members to try deciphering the strange code.To no avail however could any of these groups accomplishthis needed function.They were Pitman practitioners by trade, or had used Pitman in prioryears, but never saw Pitman symbols of the sort or form as found inthe Joseph R. Lambert Mormon scrap book Journal. It was finally later in the year 2006 that the online internet Pitmanshorthand study group site in Canada historian Lipack was referencingthat that site published a short two-line posted classified advertisementby a woman named Dorothy Webb Roberts. The ad offered servicesciting the ability of Dorothy Roberts as able to transcribe what she called"Early Pitman" shorthand. Seeing this notice, an effort was immediatelyput forth to contact Dorothy Roberts about her ability to conducttranscriptions in the area of "Early Pitman" shorthand. It was learned that Dorothy Roberts was originally from England andhad worked for the Queen's Service in South Africa as a shorthandpractitioner and secretary. Becoming quite proficient at shorthandand stenography, Dorothy Roberts also went on to teach ainstructional course on Pitman's shorthand protocols, whichshe had developed an advanced knowledge of. But thiswas the more modern Pitman shorthand.Going forward, ultimately Dorothy Roberts came to perfect thetranscription of "Early Pitman" shorthand in 1995 after transcribingthree old Civil War diaries brought to her attention. Shortly thereafterDorothy Roberts was given a citation from the Library of Congressfor being the first person in the world to perfect this form of 'lost'shorthand.Roberts came to be the only person in the world who could transcribe"Early Pitman" shorthand at this time.Historically, the "Early Pitman" shorthand practice had been slowlyphased out by the 1880's and replaced by a newer form of Pitmanshorthand.. This was after the aging inventor Issac Pitman handedhis business over to his sons, who went ahead and modified theoriginal "Early Pitman" into a more modern form that was used wellinto the 20th century.Further documentation regarding the Journal contents, it has beenrevealed that it was Joseph R. Lambert's sisters who had becomeadept in "Early Pitman" shorthand and were who must have executedthe strange Journal transcriptions for their brother Joseph R. Lambert.More substantial authentication and provenance to the John Whitmer6 May 1877 Book of Mormon testimony subsequently came forwardfour years later after historian Lipack employed Dorothy Roberts toexecute the Journal transcriptions. A 2010 a happenstance onlineinternet search also brought forth a revealing article by Mormonhistorian Richard Lloyd Anderson. The article had been publishedin a January 30, 2005 BYU publication that cited a letter datedJanuary 29, 1884, written by Joseph R. Lambert.This was the same Joseph R. Lambert who John Whitmer hadwritten his 1877 testimony to found in the Mormon "Scrap-Book"Journal.Lambert, still a Bishop with the 1872 established Missouri basedReorganized Church of Christ of Latter-day Saints (RLDS) hadsent the letter to E. L. Kelley, and RLDS Church Elder. This 1884letter by Lambert attested to and cited a letter dated 6 May 1877he had received seven years prior from Mormon co-founder JohnWhitmer. This amazingly was the very same Whitmer letter oftestimony that historian Lipack had found in the Lambert"Scrap-Book" Journal around the year 2001,nine years before! In the 1884 Lambert letter wrote to E. L. Kelley, Joseph R. Lambertcited a number of the very same lines of text that Whitmer hadwritten in his Book of Mormon testimony found in the Mormon"Scrap-Book" journal that historian Lipack had found.Serving as a finite means of authentication, today that 1884 letterby then RLDS Bishop Lambert resides in the archives of theCommunity of Christ Church in Independence, MO., a churchformerly known as the RLDS. Thus it is this source that gives theLambert "Scrap-Book" Journal and Whitmer Book of Mormontestimony its irrefutable provenance and serves also asirrefutable authentication of the John Whitmer 6 May1877 Book of Mormon testimony. The history behind the historic Whitmer Mormon manuscript lettertestimony is nothing less than fascinating. The story begins withthe date of 6 April 1830; a date that holds great significance amongLatter-day Saints. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saintswas organized on that day in the Fayette, New York log cabinof Peter Whitmer, Sr. Witnesses to the gathering included JohnWhitmer and his brothers David, Peter Jr. and Jacob Whitmer.The organization of the Church was formed with the formalsigning of a Church charter on the day of 6 April 1830.John Whitmer was essentially a co-founder of the Church of JesusChrist of Latter-day Saints. John Whitmer had also served as ascribe during the translation of the sacred Gold Plates that AngelMoroni had provided to Church founder Joseph Smith. The GoldPlates came to be translated to the various scribes that ProphetSmith summoned to Harmony, PA. to conduct the sacred work.The scribes included John Whitmer, Martin Harris and OliverCowdery.Whitmer, as well as the other scribes working with Smith on thetranslations would write down the translations on paper, separatedby a curtain from the Golden Plates that Prophet Smith read fromthe inside of a top hat that acted actually as a sort of televisortransmission screen. This is referred to as "Urim and Thummim"in the Book of Mormon. As well, John Whitmer himself is on recordas to having written 60 pages of the Book of Mormon as well.Many important events took place in the Fayette, New York Whitmerhome. The testimony of the Eight Witnesses was signed there, and itincluded the signature of John Whitmer. The Book of Mormon translationwas also completed there following the primary work done at Harmony,PA. The LDS Church was organized at the Whitmer homestead as welland the Doctrine and the twenty revelations of the Covenants recordshad also been received inside the Whitmer cabin while the primaryChurch founding advocates variously met inside the Whitmer cabin.As it was, in 1829, shortly after Joseph Smith and fellow MormonOliver Cowdery had received the priesthood from heavenlymessengers,according to record, they were shown in revelationthe precise day upon which, in accordance to God's will andcommandment, they were directed to proceed to organizeGod's church once again, hereupon the Earth.Following this progression of events, Peter Whitmer, Sr. offered useof his home for the Church organizational meeting that had beenscheduled for the Tuesday of the 6th of April 1830 - in accordancewith the revelation. At the appointed hour, approximatelysixty people assembled in witness to the formal organizationof the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Accountsindicatethat several people had come from as far as Colesville,New York - approximately one hundred miles away - toparticipate in the events of this sacred occasion.The Whitmer family was integral to the formation of the Church ofJesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and also gave vast contributions oftime and effort toward collating the translation of the Gold Plates intowhat became the Book of Mormon.The Book of Mormon had come to be published in March of 1830,in Palmyra, New York; just a month before the Church's organization.The printer Egbert B. Grandin organized the typesetting, printing, andbinding of 5,000 copies of calf-leather bound books. The publishingeffort that begun in 1829 cost $3,000 and had been paid for throughthe sale of part of fellow Mormon founding advocate Martin Harris'sfarm.What is interesting is that the Gold Plates had been discoveredand received by Joseph Smith near the Whitmer Fayette, New Yorkbased homestead, and not near the Prophet Joseph's Palmyra, NewYork home. Each point was separated by a distance of thirty miles.Following the LDS Church creation in April 1830, John Whitmercontinued to contribute significantly in many vital ways to the Church.When Prophet Joseph Smith first heard of the growing number ofconverts in Kirtland, Ohio, John Whitmer was sent by Smith out toKirtland to provide much needed leadership to that area's Sainthood.After Joseph Smith became settled in Kirtland himself and othersbegan to gather there, in March 1831, and commanded by Godthrough the hands of Joseph Smith, John Whitmer was anointed towrite and keep a regular history. (Documents & Covenants 47:1).It was specifically stated as follows;SECTION 47
"Revelation given through Joseph Smith the Prophet, at Kirtland,Ohio, March 8, 1831. John Whitmer, who had already served as aclerk to the Prophet, initially hesitated when he was asked to serveas the Church historian and recorder, replacing Oliver Cowdery.He wrote, “I would rather not do it but observed that the will of theLord bedone, and if he desires it, I desire that he wouldmanifest it through Joseph the Seer.” After Joseph Smithreceived this revelation, John Whitmer accepted and servedin his appointed office."
"1–4, John Whitmer is designated to keep the history ofthe Churchand to write for the Prophet."
"1 Behold, it is expedient in me that my servant John shouldwrite and keep a regular history, and assist you, my servantJoseph, in transcribing all things which shall be given you,until he is called to further duties."As can be seen, John Whitmer was initially reluctant to act as ahistorian for the Church, but once confirmation was made for it tobe of the Will of the Lord, John Whitmer diligently sought to fulfill histask. Whitmer engaged in writing a 96-page manuscript historywhich he continued to work on even after becoming estrangedfrom Joseph Smith when he became the first Mormon to beexcommunicated from the LDS Church in 1838.Problems arising at the church headquarters in Kirtland involvingthe Kirtland Safety Society bank compelled Joseph Smith and fellowMormon Sidney Rigdon to relocate to Far West in early 1838.This excommunication was caused by John Whitmer's reportingon the truths of certain indiscretions made by Joseph Smith againstfellow brethren within the LDS Church at the time when the ProphetSmith had come out to Far West.It was at this time in 1838, the year after John Whitmer had firstarrived in Far West to act in his further capacity as a missionaryseeking to draw more people into the fold of the LDS Church there -that this greatturmoil arose.Because of financial instability relative toincreasing loan debts that the Church had with the Kirtland SafetySociety bank at the time - this debacle inadvertently but ultimatelyled to the Whitmer excommunication.This action was caused in part due to Prophet Smith wanting tokeep a Mormon militia ready against anti-Mormon factions. JosephSmith had come out to Far West to solicit from Church parishionersproperty to help pay the loan debt. It was in the form of cattle,chickens, livestock and such to resell that Prophet Smith hadsought. But the Prophet took these properties carte blanche inthe form of a outright theft and John Whitmer the Church historianwrote and printed notice of this in the Church's newsletter in atruthful manner under his capacity as Church historian. Whitmerwas just following the Will of the Lord that had initially commandedhim.Joseph Smith did not approve of this action on the part of Churchhistorian John Whitmer, as it was embarrassment to the Prophet.Thus, in 1838 John Whitmer became the first Mormon to beexcommunicated from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-daySaints. And John Whitmer never returned to the LDS Church,yet he would always keep and support his testimony foundreproduced in the Book of Mormon; even to the day he wouldmeet his maker the Lord Almighty.John Whitmer would die on July 11, 1878, approximately 14 monthsafter he executed this most significant testimony to the Book ofMormon for Joseph R. Lambert.The question arises as to if a man so close to nearing his deathat meeting his maker God would tell a lie in the face of his Godwhen asserting his testimony involving his God and Lord Savior?One would think not.Thus, the statements provided in the 6 May 1877 John Whitmertestimony clearly support that the Gold Plates existed and are thetrue and faithful origins of the Book of Mormon. This is irrefutable.John Whitmer's final interview was conducted by P. WilhelmPoulson in 1878 and published on July 31, 1878, just 20 daysafter John Whitmer's July 11, 1878 death.Regarding handling the Gold Plates, Poulson said of John Whitmer;"He [Joseph Smith] handed them uncovered into our hands, and weturned the leaves sufficient to satisfy us." (1)More specifically, in the Poulson interview with Whitmer much moredetail concerning the Gold Plates and his testimony were revealed:Poulson: "I am aware that your name is affixed to thetestimony in the Book of Mormon, that you saw the plates?"
Whitmer: "It is so, and that testimony is true."
Poulson: "Did you handle the plates with your hands?"
Whitmer: "I did so!"
Poulson: "Then they were a material substance?"
Whitmer: "Yes, as material as anything can be."
Poulson: "They were heavy to lift?"
Whitmer: "Yes, and you know gold is a heavy metal, theywere very heavy."
Poulson: "How big were the leaves?"
Whitmer: "So far as I recollect, 8 by 6 or 7 inches."
Poulson: "Were the leaves thick?"
Whitmer: "Yes, just so thick, that characters could beengraven on both sides."
Poulson: "How were the leaves joined together?"
Whitmer: "In three rings, each one in the shape of a Dwith the straight line towards the centre."
Poulson: "In what place did you see the plates?"
Whitmer: "In Joseph Smith's house; he had them there."
Poulson: "Did you see them covered with a cloth?"
Whitmer: "No. He handed them uncovered into our hands,and we turned the leaves sufficient to satisfy us."
Poulson: "Were you all eight witnesses present at thesame time?"
Whitmer: "No. At that time Joseph showed the plates to us,we were four persons, present in the room, and at anothertime he showed them to four persons more" (1)Over the years, numerous accounts and histories have expoundedthat John Whitmer was the only Mormon besides Prophet Smith tohave "hefted" or handled the Mormon Gold Plates. But this accountby P. Wilhelm Poulson contradicts these accounts.There are many contradictions found between historical accountsdocumenting Mormon Church history, but the fact remains byvirtue of the authentic testimonial document by John Whitmerthat has been discovered in the 'physical' form, that the 6 May1877 document represents the most formidable Book of Mormonhand written testimony extant and is the closest remaining linkto the fabled Gold Plates of Mormon as handed down by his sonAngel Moroni.In Dan Vogel's five volume masterwork: "Early Mormon Documents"published between the years 1996 and 2003, not a single mentionof the May 6, 1877 John Whitmer testimony is made. Dan Vogelhad access to the same RLDS Church archives just as LDS BYUhistorian Richard Lloyd Anderson would have a few years later.It was however in the year 2005 that the BYU historian RichardLloyd Anderson would publish notice of John Whitmer's 6 May1877 Book of Mormon testimony just a few years following DanVogel's earlier effort that failed to do so. Richard LloydAnderson's identification, documentation and showing theexistence of John Whitmer's 6 May 1877 hand written andsigned Book of Mormon testimony is of immeasurablesignificance.The fact that the document has been "lost" and kept away from theMormon Church at large for nearly 150 years may have been theLord's 'will' as well. The history of both the RLDS and LDS MormonChurches have both taken different courses of direction in recentyears, with each factions' failure to embrace the document appearingto directly effectively affecting this change. Both institutionsapparent forsakeness to what remains as each faction'smost supportive pillar may be deemed to have been unwise.Looking through numerous histories, records and even author DanVogel's Early Mormon Documents masterwork, one will see, aftermuch study, that just a couple of other first person actual handwrittenletters by a bonafide respective Book of Mormon Witness exist inphysical form as Book of Mormon testimony - between all of theThree Witnesses and the Eight Witnesses.Conversely for example, in the case of John Whitmer's brotherDavid's testimony, it was executed in a third party secretary's hand.So the testimony is not a true legal affidavit. Others usually exist asmerely printed paper Mormon news sheet accounts for which theoriginal letters or documents have been long ago forever lost orthrown out. The original documents simply remain non-existent.And others, which too are in the form of letters usually sent throughthe mail, although written by a Book of Mormon "Witness," do notgive direct testimony. In one case one merely gives a secondhand witness account where one heard another Witnessestestimony and cited that in a letter -and then go on to discussother matters non-related to testimony.There is another John Whitmer hand written testimony thatexists, but it is not as definitive as that of the 6 May 1877testimony. Not long before Joseph Smith was murdered at the Carthage, Ill.jailhouse while awaiting trial in 1844, he had hid the originalHarmony PA. executed original Gold Plates translation manuscriptbehind a cornerstone at the Illinois based Nauvoo House at Nauvoo.The thick hand executed manuscript document for the 1830 Book ofMormon contained the signature page attesting as true testimony.It asserted the authenticity of the statements made in the Book ofMormon as being truthful. Each of the Three and Eight Witnessesfound in the Book of Mormon signed their respective signatures intheir own separate hands.This original circa late 1829 - early 1830 executed Book of Mormonmanuscript signature page in essence is a true affidavit, as theThree and the Eight Witnesses each signed the page singularlyand separately in their own hand. This is all while the second ormore widely known "Printer's copy" executed by Oliver Cowderyhimself for printer Egbert B. Grandin - had all signatures representedexecuted only in Cowdery's hand - thus making this documentmerely a non-legal facsimile.Both the original translation made at Harmony that now remains as adistressed mostly incomplete remnant and Oliver Cowdery's executedfacsimile "Printer's Copy," has remained in possession of what hasbecome the Community of Christ (former RLDS), but which wasrecently acquired on 20 Sept 2017 for $35 million dollars bythe then Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS),and which has now come to be called the Church of JesusChrist beginning in mid-2018 in following to a revelationsaid to be received by LDS Church President RussellM. Nelson that called for a Mormon Churchname change.Some years after the 1844 murder of Joseph Smith (to which someof Joseph R. Lambert's relatives were present), the Mississippi Rivercrested it banks in the area of Nauvoo, and the original Harmony, PA.executed Book of Mormon manuscript became severely waterdamaged and soaked. When the manuscript was removed in 1881from behind the Nauvoo House cornerstone by Louis C. offeremon,the second husband of Emma Smith and widow of Prophet Smith,the horror and damage was discovered.To make matters worse, offeremon also cut little squares fromremaining intact pages and earnestly gave sections out to visitingMormons as souvenirs.In the end approximately 28% of the document remained intactand 72% was destroyed. Most importantly, the original Book ofMormon manuscript signature page was completely destroyed.It no longer exists. The only true viable closest link to the GoldPlates was severed forever.But the link to the Gold Plates still exists, having been preservedwith the discovery of the 6 May 1877 Book of Mormon lettertestimony by John Whitmer.The premise behind Richard Lloyd Anderson's BYU lecturesthat he gave and also what is found in his 2005 BYU publishedwork entitled: Attempts to Redefine the Experience of the EightWitnesses, was that the Book of Mormon is wholly supported bythe written and printed testimony of these Witnesses, in thatthese testimonies serve as legal affidavits.(2)Thus, in the end, the 6 May 1877 hand executed and signed JohnWhitmer Book of Mormon manuscript letter of testimony to Joseph R.Lambert stands as the most important physical legal affidavit inthe world that exists in support of and linked to the fabled Gold Platesof Angel Moroni. It supports that such plates physically existed andthat the original Book of Mormon from 1830 stands as a valid andtrue account of the content found in the said Gold Plates, and thatit had become valid scripture when the Book of Mormon was firstpublished in 1830.LOT INCLUDES JOSEPH R. LAMBERT JOURNAL withORIGINAL AUTHENTIC attached 6 MAY 1877 JOHN WHITMERBOOK OF MORMON TESTIMONY - DOROTHY ROBERTS"EARLY PITMAN" SHORTHAND TRANSCRIPTION OFJOSEPH R. LAMBERT JOURNAL CONTENTS - JOSEPHR. LAMBERT BOOK REFUTING MORMONISM & BOOK OFMORMON - AND ASSORTED PAPERS FOUND IN 2001WITH JOSEPH R. LAMBERT JOURNAL
Measures 8" x 9" x 1 1/2" in size. Scrap - Book consists of 140 pages ofwhich approximately maybe 90-100 pages have written Early PitmanShorthand written on the page or a mixture of Early Pitman Shorthandand Book of Mormon Bible verse or Old Testament Bible verse on them.Other pages are blank. Offering includes the Joseph R. Lambert"Scrap - Book" as shown 6 plus other loose Early Pitman manuscript itemsand a The Saints Herald dated Dec. 15, 1879 (Vol. 26, No. 24) published bythe RLDS out of Plano, Ill. Also included will be the Dorothy Roberts"Early Pitman" shorthand transcription. No rights are being sold, given, orimplied. Only the original documents are being sold owner / collector tocollector.BIBLIOGRAPHY:
(1) Dan Vogel (editor), Early Mormon Documents (Salt Lake City),Signature Books, 1996-2003), 5 vols, 5:247-249, original inDeseret Evening News, 6 August 1878; citing a letter from P.Wilhelm Poulson to Editors (31 July 1878) from Ovid City, Idaho.
(2) Richard Lloyd Anderson, Attempts to Redefine the Experienceof the Eight Witnesses (Salt Lake City), Brigham Young University,Journal of Book of Mormon Studies, Vol. 14, No. 1, January 31, 2005.Wear, scratches, tears, stains andother aberrations consistent withage and use. Please see all PHOTOS- as they are part of thedescription, includingMORMON KEY HISTORYSIGNIFICA -CATEGORY: JOHNWHITMER WIKINOTE: ANY PHOTOS of ADDITIONAL IMAGES SHOWN AREDIGITALPHOTOGRAPHSand aresupplied herewith on as merelydigitalphotographs forEDUCATIONAL PURPOSES ONLY and are not actuallyfor sale - butcan be printed out and saved on one's computer orI-PAD or cell phone.ASK ALL QUESTIONS BEFOREENACTING A "BUY IT NOW." GUARANTEEDAUTHENTIC& ORIGINAL MATERIAL - ITEMS ARE NOT REPRODUCTION INANY WAY. SEE DOCUMENTATIONOF AUTHENTICITY PROVIDED.
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