Doctrine and Covenants 5. Martin Harris wants proof of the plates. Joseph Smith himself is the proof. May not show plates without permission. Joseph's only gift is gift of translation. ... Three witnesses to be called and ordained. They will be empowered to see by the Spirit and hear God testify from heaven. If world won't accept their testimony earth will be scourged until empty.
[Kenney, Scott; Saints Without Halos, 'Doctrine and Covenants,' http://web.archive.org/web/20120805163534/saintswithouthalos.com/s/_dc.phtml]