[quote=amgid]The only thing that were in the stone box, as far as we know, were the plates, the Urim and Thummim, and the breastplate.
That was my thought, too, as read in JSH, yet two LDS friends supposed that “the other things” referred to the sword of Laban as well as the Liahona, as these are mentioned as the other things to be revealed to the three witnesses,
Will I lord this information over my cradle-LDS friends? No, I don’t do things like that… often,
[quote=amgid]These and the other artifacts were shown to the three witnesses by the power of God. The three witnesses were granted an especially powerful testimony of the truth of the Book of Mormon. An angel appeared and laid those objects before them so that they could clearly observe them. The voice of God was also heard out of heaven testifying to them that they are true. By contrast, the twelve witnesses did not have such a powerful testimony. Joseph Smith showed them the plates when they were gathered together in a room, and they were able to handle the plates and observe it for themselves; but there was no supernatural divine manifestation as the first three witnesses had experienced.
But the three witnesses did see, did they not (as promised by god) the sword and the Liahona, didn’t they? Those were - at this time among the objects laid before them?
But now you’ve thrown me into a state of confusion again! You say “By contrast, the twelve witnesses did not have such a powerful testimony.” And yet I thought that there were only an additional eight witnesses!?! What’s the scoop? Are there four that are recorded elsewhere? (Such as Emma? I know that she’s not recorded as a witness but didn’t she see the plates and act as a scribe for a while?)
At least bit less confused, I think,