Close Friends as Witnesses: Joseph Smith and the Joseph Knight Families
Hartley, William G.
Knight, Joseph Sr.; Urim and Thummim
Though the family of Joseph Knight Sr. were never allowed to view the gold plates, they were of great assistance in bringing forth the Book of Mormon. Father Knight gave Joseph provisions to help until the translation was complete and donated paper needed for the translation. It was Father Knight's wagon that was used to retrieve the plates on September 23, 1827. Brother Knight observed that Joseph's excitement over the Urim and Thummim seemed to supersede his excitement over the plates.