Ether 5: A Promise of Three Witnesses

Book of Mormon Student Study Guide, (2000), 190


Ether 5 is a message from Moroni to the future translator of the Book of Mormon—the Prophet Joseph Smith. Imagine how the Prophet Joseph Smith felt when he learned in this chapter that three other witnesses would see the gold plates. What else about Moroni’s message do you think would have been of special interest to him?

Understanding the Scriptures

Ether 5

Privileged (v. 2)Favored, blessed, chosen
Of a surety (v. 3)Without any doubt
Established (v. 4)Proven, declared true
Three Witnesses

Studying the Scriptures

Do activities A and B as you study Ether 5.

Activity A iconWrite Your Testimony

Read Ether 5:3 and notice the word surety.

  1. 1.

    Read “The Testimony of Three Witnesses” in the front of the Book of Mormon. What happened that enabled them to “know of a surety” that the Nephite record was true?

  2. 2.

    Write an experience you have had with the Book of Mormon to help you know it is true.

Activity B iconExplain Why

After reading Ether 5:4–6, explain why you think the Lord would require and call witnesses to testify of the truthfulness of the Book of Mormon.