From our affiliates at LDS Perspectives By June 1829 Martin Harris, Oliver Cowdery, and David Whitmer had verbalized a desire to be the special three witnesses alluded to in the Book of Mormon. D&C 17 records a revelation affirming their roles as witnesses and was given to Joseph Smith through a seer stone he apparently found while digging a well in 1822. As witnesses, the three were very different. Martin Harris was zealous, impetuous, and even a bit eccentric. Oliver...