With Doctrine & Covenants 5 and 17 we learn about the Three Witnesses and the Eight Witnesses. This glue-in is a great time to take a closer look at who these people were. Many critics have pointed out that of the 11 witnesses, 6 of them fell away for at least some time from the church including all of the Three Witnesses. But to me, this makes their witness all the more strong. Although when away from the Church, it would have been a perfect opportunity to deny everything, every single one of them never denied their testimony of what they saw. What an incredible witness.
Source:: NW Seminary Share – John Bushman