Articles and Covenants, circa April 1830, Symonds Rider Copy [D&C 20]
“Articles and Covenants,” [, Seneca Co., NY, ca. Apr. 1830, though parts may have been received as early as ca. summer 1829]. Version copied [May 1831]; handwriting of ; six pages; Revelations Collection, CHL.
The rise of the Church of Christ in these last days being one thousand eight hundred and Thirty years since the coming of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ in the flesh it being regularly organized and established agreeable to the Laws of our Co[u]ntry by the will and Commandments of God in the fourth Month and on the sixth day of the Month which is called April which commandments were were given to Joseph the Seer who was Called of God an of Jesus Christ and<an> Elder of the Church and also to who was also called of God an apostle of Jesus Christ an Elder of the Church and ordained under his hand and this according to the Grace of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ to whom be all Glory both now and forever Amen——
For after that it truely was manifested unto the first Elder that he had received a remission of his sins he was entangled again in the vanities of the world but after truly repenting God ministered unto him by an holy whose countenance was as lightning and whos garments were pure and white above all white ness and gave unto him commandments which inspired him from on high and gave unto him power by the means of which was befor prepared that he should translate a Book which Book contained a record of a fallen people and also the fulness of the Gospel of Jesus Christ to the Gentiles and also to the Jews proving unto them that the holy Scriptures are true and also that God doth inspire men and call them to his holy work in these last days as well as in days of old that he might be the Same God forever Amen——
Which Book was given by inspiration is called the Book of Mormon and is confirmed to others by the ministering of Angels and disclosed unto the world by them Wherefore having so great witness by them shall the world be Judged even as many as shall hereafter receive this work either to faith and [p. ]