185 years ago today - Apr 15, 1838

Stephen Burnett writes to former Apostle Lyman E. Johnson (who had been excommunicated two days earlier), "I have reflected long and deliberately upon the history of this church & weighed the evidence for & against it loth to give it up - but when I came to hear Martin Harris state in public that he never saw the plates with his natural eyes only in vision or imagination, neither Oliver [Cowdery] nor David [Whitmer] & that the eight witnesses never saw them & hesitated to sign that instrument for that reason, but were persuaded to do it, the last pedestal gave way, in my view our foundation was sapped & the entire superstructure fell in heap of ruins." Burnett was called by revelation to preach

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