After 4 years of preparation, Joseph obtains the plates from Moroni, and the sacred record passes from immortal to mortal hands for translation. "On the twenty-second day of September, one thousand eight hundred and twenty-seven, having gone as usual at the end of another year to the place where they were deposited, the same heavenly messenger delivered them up to me with this charge: that I should be responsible for them; that if I should let them go carelessly, or through any neglect of mine, I should be cut off; but that if I would use all my endeavors to preserve them, until he, the messenger, should call for them, they should be protected" (https://www.lds.org/scriptures/pgp/js-h/1.59 )
The translation of the Book of Mormon was a miracle. A boy with a third grade education who couldn't spell was the instrument through which God translated the Book of Mormon from the Gold plates. On occasion during translating, Joseph and his scribes were often in the presence of Glorified Beings, as reported in historical accounts. God was instrumental in the translation, and in 60 short days, the transcript was ready for publishing.
A total of 12 people were permitted to see the plates and handle them, and 3 of those people were shown those plates by an angel of the Lord. This angel was a resurrected, Glorified messenger from God.
Read the testimony of these three witnesses online at https://www.lds.org/scriptures/bofm/three and then after that click "next" to read the testimony of 8 witnesses.
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