QUOTE: “Martin was in the office when I finished setting up the testimony of the three witnesses, — (Harris — Cowdery and Whitmer) I said to him, — ‘Martin, did you see those plates with your naked eyes?’ Martin looked down for an instant, raised his eyes up, and said, ‘No, I saw them with a spiritual eye.'” -John H. Gilbert, Book of Mormon typesetter, Early Mormon Documents, vol. 2, p. 548. [source]
QUOTE: “When the time came for the three witnesses to see the plates, Joseph Smith, myself, David Whitmer and Oliver Cowdery, went into the woods to pray. When they had all engaged in prayer, they failed at that time to see the plates or the angel who should have been on hand to exhibit them. They all believed it was because I was not good enough, or, in other words, not sufficiently sanctified. I withdrew. As soon as I had gone away, the three others saw the angel and the plates. In about three days I went into the woods to pray that I might see the plates. While praying I passed into a state of entrancement, and in that state I saw the angel and the plates.” -Martin Harris, as quoted by Anthony Metcalf, Early Mormon Documents, vol. 2, p. 347. [source]
COMMENTARY: Not quite like they teach it in Sunday school, is it? But what do I know? I’m just another apostate.