“None Other… Shall View It, Save It Be a Few”

Joseph F. McConkie, Robert L. Millet

The eight witnesses—Christian Whitmer, Jacob Whitmer, Peter Whitmer, Jr., John Whitmer, Hiram Page, Joseph Smith, Sr., Hyrum Smith, and Samuel H. Smith—obatained a view of the plates near the Smith home in Manchester.

“It was on the occasion of the Prophet Joseph’s coming over to Manchester from Fayette, accompanied by several of the Whitmers and Hiram Page, to make arrangements about getting the Book of Mormon printed.

“After arriving at the Smith residence, Joseph Smith, Sen., Hyrum Smith, and Samuel H. Smith, joined Joseph’s company from Fayette, and together they repaired to a place in the woods where members of the Smith family were wont to hold secret prayer, and there the plates were shown to these eight witnesses by the Prophet himself.”

(HC 1:58)

Doctrinal Commentary on the Book of Mormon, Vol. 1