History, circa June–October 1839 [Draft 1]

  • Source Note
  • Historical Introduction
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ed for those three individuals to fulfill the commandment which they had received to bear record of these things, in order to accomplish which they drew up and subscribed their names to the folowing document.
The Testimony of three witnesses.
 
Soon after these things had transpired the following testimony was obtained from those whose names are subscribed thereto.
“And also the Testimony of Eight Witnesses”
 
During all this time however <​Mean time​> we continued to translate, <​at intervals​> when we were not necessitated to attend to the <​numerous​> enquiries enquirers of the numbers that now began to visit us, some for the sake of finding the truth, others for the purpose of putting hard questions, and trying to confound us. We had several Among these latter class <​weree​> several learned Priests, to visit us, generally for the purpose of disputation. however the Lords continued to pour out upon us his Holy Spirit and as often as we had need, he gave us in that moment what to say. so that although, unlearned, and inexperienced in religious controversies, yet were we able to confound these learned Rabbi’s of the day, whilst at the same time we were enabled, to convince the honest in heart, that we had obtained to the true <​&​> everlasting gospel of Jesus Christ, so that almost daily we administered the ordinance of baptism for the remission of sins to such as believed. We now became anxious to have that promise which conferred upon <​realized to​> us, which the angel had that conferred upon us the Aaronick Priesthood upon us. had given us, viz, that provided we continued faithful, the we should also have the Melchesidec Priesthood, which holds the authority of the laying on of hands for the gift of the Holy Ghost [p. [7]]
ed for those three individuals to fulfill the commandment which they had received to bear record of these things, in order to accomplish which they drew up and subscribed their names to the folowing document.
The Testimony of three witnesses.
 
Soon after these things had transpired the following testimony was obtained from those whose names are subscribed thereto.
“And also the Testimony of Eight Witnesses”
 
Mean time we continued to translate, at intervals when not necessitated to attend to the numerous enquirers that now began to visit us, some for the sake of finding the truth, others for the purpose of putting hard questions, and trying to confound us. Among the latter class weree several learned Priests, generally for the purpose of disputation. however the Lord continued to pour out upon us his Holy Spirit and as often as we had need, he gave us in that moment what to say. so that although, unlearned, and inexperienced in religious controversies, yet were we able to confound these learned Rabbi’s of the day, whilst at the same time we were enabled, to convince the honest in heart, that we had obtained to the true & everlasting gospel of Jesus Christ, so that almost daily we administered the ordinance of baptism for the remission of sins to such as believed. We now became anxious to have that promise realized to us, which the angel that conferred upon us the Aaronick Priesthood . had given us, viz, that provided we continued faithful, we should also have the Melchesidec Priesthood, which holds the authority of the laying on of hands for the gift of the Holy Ghost [p. [7]]
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