History, 1838–1856, volume F-1 [1 May 1844–8 August 1844]

  • Source Note
  • Historical Introduction
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<​August 1​> in secret prayer. Joseph said that he considered that a sufficient testimony of his being a fit subject for baptism; and as they had now received authority to baptize, they spoke to upon the subject, and he went straightway to the water with them, and was baptized by , he being the third person baptised into the Church of Jesus Christ in the last dispensation.
“He was one of the eight witnesses of the Book of Mormon.
“He was present at the organization of the church, April 6. 1830, and was one of the six who at that time constituted the members of the Church. He was ordained to the Priesthood on the 6th of April 1830. On the 30th of June following the organization of the Church, he took some Books of Mormon and started out on his mission, to which he had been set apart by his brother Joseph, and in <​on​> travelling twenty five miles, which was his first day’s journey, he stopped at a number of places in order to sell his books, but was turned out of doors as soon as he declared his principles. When evening came on, he was faint and almost discouraged, but coming to an inn, which was surrounded with every appearance of plenty, he called to see if the Landlord would buy one of his books. On going in, inquired of him, if he did not wish to purchase a history of the origin of the Indians.
“‘I do not know,’ replied the host, ‘how did you get hold of it?’
“‘It was translated,’ rejoined , ‘by my brother from some gold plates that he found buried in the earth.’ [HC 7:216]
“‘You damned liar!’ cried the landlord, ‘get out of my house— you shan’t stay one minute with your books’
was sick at heart, for this was the fifth time he had been turned out of doors that day. He left the house, and travelled a short distance, and washed his feet in a small brook, as a testimony against the man. He then proceeded five miles further on his journey, and seeing an apple tree a short distance from the road, he concluded to pass the night under it; and here he lay all night upon the cold, damp ground. In the morning, he arose from his comfortless bed, and observing a small cottage at no great distance, he drew near, hoping to get a little refreshment. The only inmate was a widow, who seemed very poor. He asked her for food, relating the story of his former treatment. She prepared him some victuals, and, after eating, he explained to her the history of the Book of Mormon. She listened attentively, and believed all that he told her, but, in consequence of her poverty, she was unable to purchase one of the books. He presented her with one, and proceeded to Bloomington, which was eight miles further. Here he stopped at the house of one , who was a Methodist preacher, and was at that time about starting on a preaching mission. He, like the others, did not wish to make a purchase of what he considered at that time to be a nonsensical fable, however, he said that he would take a subscription paper, and if he found any one on his route who was disposed to purchase, he would take his name, and in two weeks, might call again, and he would let him know what the prospect was of selling. After making this arrangement, left one of his books with him, and returned home. At the time appointed, started again for the Rev ’s, in order to learn the success which this gentleman had met with, in finding sale for the Book of Mormon. [p. 288]
August 1 in secret prayer. Joseph said that he considered that a sufficient testimony of his being a fit subject for baptism; and as they had now received authority to baptize, they spoke to upon the subject, and he went straightway to the water with them, and was baptized by , he being the third person baptised into the Church of Jesus Christ in the last dispensation.
“He was one of the eight witnesses of the Book of Mormon.
“He was present at the organization of the church, April 6. 1830, and was one of the six who at that time constituted the members of the Church. He was ordained to the Priesthood on the 6th of April 1830. On the 30th of June following the organization of the Church, he took some Books of Mormon and started out on his mission, to which he had been set apart by his brother Joseph, and on travelling twenty five miles, which was his first day’s journey, he stopped at a number of places in order to sell his books, but was turned out of doors as soon as he declared his principles. When evening came on, he was faint and almost discouraged, but coming to an inn, which was surrounded with every appearance of plenty, he called to see if the Landlord would buy one of his books. On going in, inquired of him, if he did not wish to purchase a history of the origin of the Indians.
“‘I do not know,’ replied the host, ‘how did you get hold of it?’
“‘It was translated,’ rejoined , ‘by my brother from some gold plates that he found buried in the earth.’ [HC 7:216]
“‘You damned liar!’ cried the landlord, ‘get out of my house— you shan’t stay one minute with your books’
was sick at heart, for this was the fifth time he had been turned out of doors that day. He left the house, and travelled a short distance, and washed his feet in a small brook, as a testimony against the man. He then proceeded five miles further on his journey, and seeing an apple tree a short distance from the road, he concluded to pass the night under it; and here he lay all night upon the cold, damp ground. In the morning, he arose from his comfortless bed, and observing a small cottage at no great distance, he drew near, hoping to get a little refreshment. The only inmate was a widow, who seemed very poor. He asked her for food, relating the story of his former treatment. She prepared him some victuals, and, after eating, he explained to her the history of the Book of Mormon. She listened attentively, and believed all that he told her, but, in consequence of her poverty, she was unable to purchase one of the books. He presented her with one, and proceeded to Bloomington, which was eight miles further. Here he stopped at the house of one , who was a Methodist preacher, and was at that time about starting on a preaching mission. He, like the others, did not wish to make a purchase of what he considered at that time to be a nonsensical fable, however, he said that he would take a subscription paper, and if he found any one on his route who was disposed to purchase, he would take his name, and in two weeks, might call again, and he would let him know what the prospect was of selling. After making this arrangement, left one of his books with him, and returned home. At the time appointed, started again for the Rev ’s, in order to learn the success which this gentleman had met with, in finding sale for the Book of Mormon. [p. 288]
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