The Book of Mormon was written by ancient prophets. All their records were abridged onto Gold plates by the prophet Mormon. Then his son Moroni finished the record and hid it for a later time so that it could testify of Jesus Christ.
As an Angelic messenger of God, Moroni visited Joseph Smith and showed him where to find the plates. When Moroni decided Joseph was ready, he obtained the plates and some instruments which he used to translate them. He translated to a scribe using these instruments, called the Urim and Thumim. The scribe wrote the translation for him. The Scribes were Oliver Cowdery and Martin Harris and Joseph's wife, Emma Smith.
There were actually three witnesses, then there were eight more who saw the Gold Plates, their testimonies are recorded in the Front of the Book of Mormon.
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