Fourth Witness is the compelling true story of Mary Whitmer's personal struggle as she supported Joseph Smith and Oliver Cowdery in the early days of the Restoration. Because of her faithfulness, she received a great privilege — she was shown the gold plates by an angel, becoming the "fourth witness" of the Book of Mormon. This little-known account will be an inspiration to all who faithfully serve in building up the kingdom.
Also included in this collection of classics are: Eliza and I, Richard Dutcher's moving film about Eliza R. Snow, beloved pioneer poet and leader of the women's Relief Society; and Woman, The Pioneer, a unique and colorful tribute to the indomitable spirit of pioneer women. LDS Film Classics are stories of strength, courage, and faith. They teach compassion, understanding, and forgiveness. Whether you grew up watching these films or are just discovering them for the first time, you and your family will love their touching stories and their timeless messages.
Released: February 2004
Length: 105 mins
While it is true that FOURTH WITNESS is the highlight of this DVD collection (telling the little known story of the fourth person who allowed to witness the sacred Book of Mormon plates), the other two inclusions are very interesting also. Richard Dutcher, who would later open the door to Mormon themed films with his GOD'S ARMY, BRIGHAM CITY and STATES OF GRACE, here as a student at BYU captures the one woman stage presentation of the beloved pioneer poet Eliza R. Snow. I found this to be fascinating as Eliza hast to come with terms as to follow President Brigham Young out West or remain behind. The third entry uses dance to express itself.
Fourth Witness, the first film about Mary Whitmer, was wonderful, but the other two were just weird and boring and not at all worth watching. Was it worth $12.95 for one good film? Maybe.
I can't tell you how NOT excited I was by this DVD. I wished I'd never spent the money. While the first part was just okay, the rest was awful. Couldn't even force myself to sit through it all.