A Multiplicity of Witnesses : Women and the Translation Process
The Coming Forth of the Book of Mormon : A Marvelous Work and a Wonder
Salt Lake City, UT
Four women in early Church history—Mary Musselman Whitmer, Lucy Mack Smith, Lucy Harris, and Emma Hale Smith—played significant roles in the coming forth of the Book of Mormon and offered their own witnesses of the plates' reality. While their names and narratives are well known, scholars and members of the Church have largely overlooked their powerful and important contributions to the work of translation, since they were not a part of the official three or eight witnesses. This chapter addresses this gap in scholarship and historical memory by looking at a variety of sources that recount these women's experiences with the plates.