One of the first Anonymous Witnesses I remember noting was one introduced by Peter Ould who did not care for Mormons - if his communication with me are anything to go by - and even less for Mormonism. I was thrilled that he had conjured up a Jew and told him something I had written. The rest of the story is, I was told, as follows.
I showed this passage [my interpretation of Ezekiel 27:15-17] to a Jewish friend of mine and asked him what he thought of it. He got that glazed "Eretz Israel" look in his eyes. Then I told him the Mormon interpretation and he couldn't stop laughing for ages.
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I fail to see what comfort this poor glazed-eyed, yonderly and uncommunicative brings to Ould’s intransigent position, for no verbal responses are recorded, and so we are left suspended, glazed, confused, and just as yonderly as Ould's noticeably anonymous Jewish friend.
In his telling of this encounter Ould seems not to acknowledge that his, apparently mute, friend actually does not speak, and so, with Ould, we are left to wonder what an 'eretz Israel' look is, and then to consider what it might mean.
However, and as usual, the future Reverend Peter Ould abandons us without any interpretation. I presume, therefore, that this nonsensical anecdote is Ould's petty attempt at humour. Some day I might see a genuine ארץ ישראל look in the eyes of one of my Ashkenai relatives, but by that time I imagine Mr Ould will have moved on leaving his glazed Jewish friend far behind, his eyes still imitating Krispy Kreme glazed dough-nuts!
Another Anti-Mormon that produces an Anonymous Witness to use in his criticism of the Restored Gospel of Jesus Christ. He is Mike Reynolds, an Anti-Mormon minister of the Baptist Church. Reynold's Anonymous Witness is no witness at all, but a completely fictional character created to serve his Anti-Mormon agenda in his book 'Sharing the Faith with Your Mormon Friends,' and is found on page 18 of that work.
An LDS testimony can be on various subjects such as the Book of Mormon, Joseph Smith, or the truthfulness of the Mormon Church ... An LDS testimony typically encompasses all three: 'I bear you my testimony that the Book of Mormon is true and that Joseph Smith is a prophet and that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is true,'
What the Pastor fails to recognise or appreciate is that the Book of Mormon, the Prophetic ministry of Joseph Smith, that he sealed with his blood, and the Restored Church of Jesus Christ are positive indices that the hands of God and of his Son Jesus Christ are the major actors of the three instances quoted by Reynolds in his fictional, hence non-existent, Mormon's Testimony and that these beliefs are held by Mormons to affirm that Jesus Christ is neither marginalised nor discounted but that the Saviour is acknowledged as the primary actor in every event and moment of the Restoration of the Gospel and The Church of Jesus Christ.
Mormons do not, as Reynolds cynically suggests, set aside Jesus Christ in order to shine the light on anyone or anything else. No person, God the Father and the Holy Ghost excepted, is held in higher esteem or relief in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints than Jesus Christ himself, who is praised and honoured as the Son of God and devoutly held to be our Saviour, Redeemer, and Advocate to the exclusion of all others. And you can take that to the bank!