History, circa 1841, fair copy

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I was born in the Town of Sharon, Windsor Co. , on the 23d day of Dec. in the year of our Lord, 1805. When I was 10 years old, my father, emigrated to , Ontario, (now Wayne) County, New York. After residing there, about four years, he removed with his family to of the Same County.
His family at this time, consisted of eleven Souls, Viz , his consort , whose maiden name was Mack (daughter of Soloman Mack [Sr.] of [blank],) my brother, , (now dec[e]ased,) . Myself, , , and , my sisters, . , and . During the second year of our residence in this place; I being about 14 years old there was an unusual religious excitement, commencing in the Methodst Society, <​and​> soon becoming <​became​> general among all the sects in that vicinity. The results of which were that many united with the different sects; causing much strife and division among the people. Some crying lo here, and some lo lo there. Some contending for one faith and some for another. And notwithstanding the love they expressed at the time of their conversion, and the Zeal of the respective Clergy, who had been active in getting up, th and promoting this excitements with the avowed object of “converting every body,” professing to care but little, with what society the converts united: Yet when the converts began to unite with the different sects, it became evident that the professed love and zeal of both Clergy and Converts. and Clergy Converts and Clergy, were more pretended than real. And a scene of great confusion and bad feelings, ensued. Priest at war with Priest— Convert with Convert, convincing an unprejudiced mind that their professed love [p. 1] and zeal, were lost in a strife of words, and contest of opinions. During this excitement I made made <​the subject of religion,​> it an object of much study and reflection. Although my feelings were deeply interested, still I kept myself aloof from all parties. In process of time however, I became partial to the Methodists, and I felt some desire to unite with them. But the confusion and strife rendered it impossible, for a person of my age and limited acquaintance with men and things, to determine who were right, and who were wrong While in this situation I often said to myself, What is to be done? which of all these are right? or are they all wrong? If any of them are right, which is it <​it​> and how shall I know it? While in this state of perplexity, I was one day reading the Epistle of St James, 1st Chapter, and fifth verse, where I found the following words— “If any of you lack wisdom, ask let him ask of God that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not, and it shall be given him.
Never did any passage of scripture make a deeper impression on the heart of man, than was made on mine by this. Knowing I as I did that I needed a wisdom from God, and unless I obtained it, I could not determine which were right.
And the teachers of the different sects, interpreted this passage so <​as​> to destroy in all confidence in settling the question by an appeal to the bible; thus compelling me to conclude, that I must remain in darkness, or do as James directs; which is to “ask of God” Although I came to the conclusion
At length I came to the conclusion to “ask of God him for wisdom, believing that he that giveth to all men liberally and upbraideth not,” would not refuse to verify his promise to me [p. 2]
Accordingly I retired into the woods to make the attempt. It was on the morning of a clear and beutiful day, early in the spring of Eighteen hundred and Twenty, and it was the first time that I ever made such an effort; for amidst all my anxieties I had as yet, never made the attempt to pray vocally After arriving at the place where I had previously designed to go, I looked around me and finding myself alone, kneeled down and began to offer up to God the desires of my heart. I had scarcely done so, when I was immediately seized upon by some power, which entirely overcame me, and had such astonishing influence over me, as to bind my tounge so as to deprive me of speech. Thick darkness darkness gathered around me, and for a time it seemed that I were doomed to destruction. But exerting every power energy to call upon God, to deliver me out of the power of this enemy; at the very moment when I was sinking in despair and abandoning myself to destruction; not imaginary, but to the influence of some being from the unseen world, who had such marvellous power as this; just at this moment of alarm, I saw a pillar of light over my head, the brightness of which, exceeded that of the sun; which <​and​> gradually decended untill it fell upon me, and I found myself delivered from the enemy, which held me bound. When the light rested upon me I saw two personages, (whose brightness and glory dify all description,) standing above in the air. One of them called me by name, said (pointing to the other,) this is my beloved son, hear him. My object was to ascertain which of the sects were right; that I might Join it. Consequently as soon as possible, I asked the personages who stood in the light, Which [p. 3] of the sects were right, (for I supposed that one of them were so,) and which I should Join. I was answered, “join none of them,— they are all wrong, their creeds are an abomination in my sight,— those professors are all corrupt,— they <​come​> near to me with their lips but their hearts are far from me,— they teach for doctrines the commandments of men,— “having a form of Godliness, but they deny the power thereof,” He again forbad me to join any of them, and many other things did he say unto me, which I cannot write at this time.
When I came to myself, I was lyin laying on my back, looking up into heaven.
A few days after this, I happened to be in company, with one of the Methodist preachers, who had been very active in the before mentioned excitement and whilst conversing with him on the subject of religion, I gave him an account of the vision, which I had seen. I was greatly surprised at the manner he treated my communication, avowing it to be of the Devil— that there could be no visions or revelations from God in these days— that they had ceased with the Apostles, and never would be restored again. I soon found that a relation of this fact, excited the prejudice of the professors of religion, and caused them to persecute me. Although an obscure boy about fifteen years old, my circumstances being such as to make me of but little consequence in the world; Yet men of high Standing endeavored to excite the public mind against me, and cause the Sects to unite in persecuting me. My mind was now satisfied, that it was my duty to Join none of the Sects, but to continue as I was; untill further directed. I had found the testimony of James to be true, that a man lacking wisdom, might ask of God [p. 4] and obtain it, and not be upbraided. I continued to pursue my common avocations in life, until the 21t Sept, 1823, suffering severe persecution from both religious and irreligious; because I asserted the truth of what I had seen. Professors of religion, neglecting to obey the precepts of the saviour; instead of extending towards me that kindness of demeanor which my extreme youth demanded, and endeavoring with affection to win me back from my fanaticism and delusion, (as they were pleased to term it) heaped upon me bitter persecutions and revilings. Consequently, I was subject to all kinds of temptations, and mingling with all kinds of company, I fell into many errors, (evincing the weakness of youth, and corruption of human nature,) which were offensive in the Sight of God. In consequence of which I often felt condemned, for this these my imperfections and weakness.
On the evening of the above mentioned 21st. of Sept after I had retired to rest, I betook myself to prayer and suplication to Almighty God; asking forgiveness for all my Sins and follies. also for a manifestation of my state and standing before him: still having full confidence that my prayers would be answered, as they <​it​> formerly had been. While in the act of calling upon God, I discovered a light in the room, which continued to increase until it exceded that of the sun at mid-day; when a person appeared at my bedside, standing in the air, (for his feet did not touch the floor,), having on a robe of most exquisite whiteness, exceeding every thing I had ever seen; nor do I believe that any eart[h]ly thing could [p. 5] be made so exceedingly white and brilliant. His hands and arms were naked a little above the worist wrist, so also <​were​> his feet and leng legs were a little above the ancles. his head and neck were also bare. I could discover that he had no other clothing but the robe, as it was open— so that I could see his bosom. Not only was the robe exceedingly white, but his whole person was glorious beyond description; and his countenance truly like lightning. The room was exeedingly light, but not so much so as immediately around his person. When I first looked upon him I was afraid, but the fear soon left me, <​when​>, calling me by name, he said, he was a messenger sent from the presence of God to me, and that his name was Nephi. That he had a work for me to do— that my name should be had for good and for evil, among all nations, kindreds, and tounges,— that there was a book deposited, written upon gold plates, giving an account of the former inhabitants of this contenent, as well as their origin— that the fullness of the everlasting Gospel as delivered by the Saviour to the ancient inhabitants, was contained in them— that there were two stones in Silver bows, and these (fastened to a breast plate,) constuted what is called the Urim, and Thummin, deposited with the plates, the possession and use of which constituted seers in ancient tim[e]s, <​and​> that God had prepared them for the purpose of translating the Book. After telling me these things, he commenced quoting the prophecies of the Old Testament. He first quoted part of the 3 Chap of Malichi.
He also quoted the fourth or last chap of the same prophecy, though with a little variation [p. 6] from the way it reads in our Bible. Instead of quoting the first verse as I it reads in <​the present​> am translation, he rendered it as follows. For behold the day comeith that shall burn as an oven, and all the proud, yea, and all that do wickedly, shall burn as. stubble, for they that cometh, shall burn them, saith the Lord of Hosts; that I it shall leave them neither root or nor branch. Then quoting the fifth verse thus, Behold I will reveal unto you the priesthood, by the hand of Elijah the Prophet, before the coming of the great and dreadful day of the Lord. Quoting the next verse in this manner, And he shall plant in the hearts of the children, the promises made to the fathers, and the hearts of the children shall turn to their fathers; if it were not so, the whole earth would be utterly wasted at his coming.
Then quoted the Eleventh Chap of Isaiah, saying “it is about to be fulfilled.” He then quoted the third Chap of Acts as they it reads in the New Testament Saying that the Prophet spoken of, was Christ, and that the day would soon come, when they who would not hear his voice, would be cut off from among <​the​> his people. He then quoted the 2 Chap of Joel, saying that this was not yet fulfilled, but soon would be.— That the fullness of the Gentiles was soon to come in. He quoted many other passages, and made many explanations, which cannot be mentioned here.— That when I should get those plates, of which he had spoken, (for the time had not yet arrived when they should appear,) [p. 7] if I showed them, (either the breast plate with the Urim and Thummin and Plates,) to any persons, save those to whom I should be commanded to show them, I should be destroyed. While he was conversing with me, the vision was opened to so that I could see the place where the plates were depositted so clearly and distinctly, that I knew the place when I visited it. Then the light in the room began to gather in the around his person him who had spoken, until the room was left dark, except immediately around his person, when instantly I saw an aperture open up into heava Heaven, and he ascended up disappearing from my sight; leaving the room as dark as it was previous to his appearance. While meditating upon this wonderful vision being much surprised at what this messenger had told me I discovered that my room was again suddenly illuminated and the same messenger standing before me He again related the same without any variation Then informed me of great judgements which were coming upon the World devastations by famine sword and pestilence should visit the earth in this generation
Having related these things he disappeared as before The impressions on my mind were of such a nature that I could not possibly sleep but being absorbed in astonishment at what I had seen and heard What was my surprise to again behold the same messenger at my bed side and hear him rehearse the same things as before adding a caution to me that Satan would tempt me (because of the indigence of my fathers family) to enrich myself with the plates This he forbade me saying that I [p. 8] must have no object in view <​or​> and be influenced by no <​any​> other motive than the building up of his kingdom, otherwise I could not get them. Then he ascended up into heaven and I was left to wonder upon what I seen Imediately after the third departure of the messenger the cock crew and I found day was approaching, so that our interviews must have lasted the whole night I shortly after rose from my bed and went to the usual labors of the day but found my strength so exhausted as to render me entirely unable to labor My who was with me discovered my weakness and told me to go home. In attempting to do so while getting ove[r] the fence my strength entirely failed me and I fell helpless on the ground for a time unconscious of anything The first that I can recollect was a voice calling me by name I looked and beheld the same messenger messenger standing over me surrounded by light as before
He again related all that he had spoken the previous night, and commandments I had received commanded me to tell my of the vision I had received and commandments I had received I returned back to the field and to rehearsed the whole matter to my the whhole matter He replied to me that it was of God advising me to obey the commandments I had recieved I then went to the place where the messenger told me the plates were deposited, and owing to the destinctness of the vision I had concerning it I knew the place the instant I arrived there. Convenient to the villiage of Ontario Co NY stands [p. 9] a hill of considerable size and the most elevated of any in the neighborhood; on the west side of which near the top under a <​large​> stone of large size lay the plates deposited in a stone box This stone was rounding thinner at the edges than in the middle which was visible above the ground Having removed the earth which covered the thin edge of the stone I fixed a lever under it, and raised it with little exertion I looked in, there indeed did I behold the plates with the Urim and Thummin, with <​and​> the breast plate The box in which they were placed, was formed of stones laid in some kind of cement. In the bottom of the box were transverse stones on which lay the plates &c I made an attempt to take them but was forbidden by the messenger, as the time for bringing them forth had not yet arrived; neither would it until four years had expired: but he told me to visit the place one year from that time and he would be with me, and I should continue to do so until permitted to obtain them Accordingly I went at the end of each year and found the Messenger there recieving instruction and intelligence from him of what the Lord was going to do, and how his kingdom was to be conducted in the last days
In the year 1824 my s family met with with a great affliction in the death of my eldest In october the following year I hired to an elderly gentleman residing in N. Y
He had heard something of Silver mine in [p. 10] Susquehanna, Co, P,a, which had been discovered by the Spaniards and had previous to my hiring with him, been endeavoring to find it He placed He placed me with the rest of his hands dig[g]ing for Silver. At which I continued to work nearly a month without success, when I prevailed with the old to abandon the undertaking. Hence arose the very prevalent story of having been a money digger While thus employed I boarded with Mr , where I first saw my wife ( On the eighteenth day of Jan. 1827 we were married I being yet in the employ of
Persecution Still followed me and and family were very much opposed to the intended marriage I was therefore under the necessity of taking her elsewhere: so we went to and were married at the house of Esqr Tarbill [Zechariah Tarble] in South Bainbridge Chenango Co N Y Immediately after my marriage I returned to my ’s and farmed with him that season
Although At length the time arrived for obtaining the plates Urim and Thummin and Breast Plates. On the 22 day of sept 1827 having went as usual to the place where they were deposited. the same heavenly Messengers delivered them up to me with the charge that I should be responsible for them— that if I should let them go carelessly or through neglect I should be cut off But if I should use all my endeavors to preserve them I until he should <​call for​> preserve them they be should be protected The reason why I had received such charges soon became evident [p. 11] No sooner was it known that I had them than the most strenuous exertions were made to get them from me; persecution became more bitter and multitudes were on the alert to get them from me. But by the wisdom of God they remained safely in my hands until I accomplished all that was requ[i]red. when the Messenger called for them I delivered them to him in whose charge they now are The excitement still continued and rumor with her thousand Toungues tongues was busy in circulating tales about myself and s family and persecutions became so intolerable that I was compelled to leave and go to Susquehan[n]ah Co P,a
While preparing to start (being very poor) in the midst of our afflictions we found a friend in a farmer of respectability residing in Wayne Co N, Y, who presented me with fifty Dollars to assist us in our afflictions, by the assistance of which I was enabled to reach the place of my destination in and commence copying the charactars of the plates I copied quite a number of them and translated them by the assistance of the Urim and Thummim Some time in the month of Febuary came to our place got the characters and carried them to the On his return he gave me me the following particulars “I went to the and presented the charactars and translation of them to celebrated for his literary attainments [p. 12] stated that the translation was more correct than any he had before seen translated from the Egyptian I then showed him those which <​were not translated​> you translated and he said that they were Egyptian Chaldean Assyric and Arabic and that they were true charactars
He gave me a certificate that they were true characters and that when the translation was correct
I took the certificate and was leaving the house <​when​> he called me back and asked me how the young man ascertained that the gold plates were in the place place where he found them I answered that an angel of the Lord God had revealed it to him He then said let me see that cirtificate I accordinly gave it to him when he tore it up in pieces saying there is now no such thing as the ministring of angels and that if I would bring the plates to him he would translate them I informed him that part of the plates were sealed and that I was forbidden to bring them He replied “I cannot read a sealed book” I left him and went to Doct Mitchell [Samuel Mitchill] who sanctioned all that had said respecting the characters and and translation having returned from his tour went home to , arranged his affairs and returned returned <​again​> about the 12[th] of April 1828 and commenced writing while I translated; which we continued until the 14[th] of June having written 216 Pages of manuscript on fools cap Paper Sometime after began to write he requested me to give him liberty [p. 13] to carry the writings home and exibit them an[d] desired me to enquire of the Lord through the Urim and Thummin if he might do so I did enquire and the answer was that he must not
He was not satisfied with this answer and desired that I would enquire again I did so and the answer was as before Still he could not be Satisfied with this answer and desired that I would inqure again contented and I insisted that I should enqure once more After much solicitation I again enquired of the Lord and permission was granted on certain conditions; which were, that he should show them only to his Bro () his own <​his​> and and a Sister of his In accordance with this last answer I required of him that he should bind himself in a covenant to me in the most solemn manner that he would do as directed He bound himself as I required took the writings and went his way Notwithstanding the great restrictions that had been laid upon him and the solem covenant he had made with me he did show them to others and by stratagem they were taken from him and they never have been recovered In the mean time I went to visit my s family at , After returning to my p[l]ace in I was walking out when behold the former heavenly Messenger appeared and handed to me the Urim and Thummin (for they had been taken from me because of having wearied the Lord in asking that might take the writings which he lost by transgression) [p. 14]
And I enquired of the Lord through them and obtained the following revelation
1 The works and <​the​> designs and <​the​> purposes of God cannot be frustrated, neither can they come to nought, for God doth not walk in crooked paths, neither doth he turn to the right hand nor to the left, neither doth he vary from that which he hath said. Therefore his paths are straight and his course is one eternal round
2 Remember, remember that it is not the work of God that is frustrated; but the works of <​men,​> man for although a man may have many revelations, and have power to do many mighty works; yet if he boast in his own strenght strength, and sets at nought the counsels of God, and follows after the dictates of his own will and carnal desires, he must fall and incur the vengeance of a just God. <​upon him,​> Behold you have been intrusted with these things, but how strict were your commandments, and remember also, the promises that <​which​> were made to you if you did not transgress them and behold how oft you have transgressed the commandments and laws of God and have gone on in the pursuasions of Men for behold you should not fear men more than God although men set at nought the counsels of God and despise his word Yet you should have been faithful and he would have been extended his arms and supported you against all the fiery darts of the adversary and he would have been with you in every time of trouble
Behold thou art Joseph and thou wast chosen to do the work of the Lord but because [p. 15]
of transgression if thou art not cautious thou wilt fall, but remember God is merciful. Therefore repent of that which thou hast done which is contrarary to the commandment which I gave and thou art still chosen and art again called to do the work.
Except thou do this thou shalt be delivered up and become as other men and having no gift having no gift And when thou deliveredst up that which God gave thee sight and power to translate thou deliverdst up that which was sacred into the hands of <​a​> wicked man who has set at nought the counsels of God and depended upon his and broken the most sacred promises which were made before God and depended upon his own Judgement and boasted in his own wisdom. And this is the reason why thou hast lost thy privelige for a season for thou hast suffered the counsel of thy direction to be trampled upon from the beginning Nevertheless my work shall go forth forth inasmuch forth for inasmuch as the knowledge of the a Saviour has come into the world through the testimony of the Jews even so shall a <​the​> knowledge of a Saviour come unto my people and to the Nephites and to the Jacobites and the Jos[e]phites and the Zoramites through the testimony of their fathers and this testimony shall come to the knowledge of the Lamanites and the Lemuelites and the Ishmaelites who dwindled in unbelief because of the <​iniquities​> unbelief of their of fathers whom the Lord has suffered to destroy their bretheren, the nephites because of their iniquities and abominatio abominations and for this very purpose are the plates preserved containing these records that the promises of the Lord might be fulfilled which he made to his people and that the Lamanites might come to a knowledge of their fathers and that they might know the promises of the Lord and that they might believe the Gospel and rely on the merits of Jesus Christ and be glorified through faith in his name and that through their repentance they might be saved [p. 16]
After I had obtained the above revelation both the plates and the Urim and the Thummin were taken from me again But in a few days they were returned to me when I enquired of the Lord and he said thus unto me
1 Now behold, I say unto you that because I say unto you delivered up those writings, which you had power given unto you to translate, by the means of the urim Urim and Thummin, into the hands of a wicked man, you have lost them; and you also lost your gift at the same time, and your mind became darkened; nevertheless, it is, now restored unto you again. Therefore see that you are faithful and continue on unto the finishing of the remainder of the work of translation as you have begun. Do not work run faster or labour more than you have strength and means provided to enable you to translate; but be diligent unto the end. Pray always, that you may come off conquerer, yea more that you may conquere Satan and that you may escape the hands of the servants of Satan, that do uphold his work. Behold they have sought to destroy you, yea even the man in whom you have trusted, has sought to destroy you. And for this cause I said, <​that​> he is a wicked man, for he has sought to take away the things wherewith you have been intrusted, and he has also sought to destroy your gift, and because you have delivered the writings into his hands, behold wicked men have taken them from you. Therefore, you have delivered them up, yea that which yea that was sacred, unto wickedness. And behold satan has put it into their hearts to alter the words which you have caused to be written, or which you have translated, which have gone out of your hands; and behold I say unto you that because they have altered the words they read contrary from that which you translated, and caused to be written; and on this wise the Devil has sought to beg <​lay​> a cunning plan that [p. 17]
he might destroy this work for he has put it into their hearts to do this thing that by lying they may say they have caught you in the words which you have pretended to translate 2 2 Verily I say unto you that I will not suffer that satan shall accomplish his design in this thing for behold he has put it into their hearts to get thee to tempt the Lord thy God in asking to translate it over again and then behold they say and think in their hearts we will see if God has given him power to translate if so he will give him power again or if he translate again or in other words if he bringeth forth the same words behold we have altered the words them therefore they will not agree and we will say that he has lied in his words and that he has no gift and that he has no power therefore we will destroy him and also the work and we will do this that we may not be ashamed in the end and that we may get glory of the world 3 Verily verily I say unto you that satan has great hold upon their hearts he stireth them up to iniquity against that which is good and their hearts are corrupt and full of wickedness and abominations and they love darkness rather than light because their deeds are evil Therefore they will not ask of me Satan stireth them up that they may lead their souls to distruction and thus he has laid a cunning plan thinking to destroy the work of God But I will require this at their hands and it shall turn to their shame and condemnation in the day of judgement Yea he stireth up their hearts to anger against this work yea he saith unto them decieve and lie in wait and catch that ye may destroy: behold this is no harm and thus he flattereth them and telleth them that it is no sin to lie that they may catch a man in a lie that they may distroy him and thus he flattereth them and leadeth them along until he drageth their souls down to hell and thus he causeth them to catch themselves in their own Snare and thus he goeth up and down to and fro in the earth seeking to destroy the souls of men [p. 18]
4 Verily verily I say unto you wo be unto him that lieth to decieve because he supposeth that another lieth to decieve for such are not exempt from the Justice of God.
5 Now behold they altered those words because Satan saith unto them. He hath decieved you and thus he flattereth them away to do iniquity to get thee to tempt the Lord thy God
6 Behold I say unto you that you shall not translate again those words for behold if you should bring forth the same words they will say you have lied that you have pretended to translate but that you have pretended contradicted yourself And behold they will publish <​this​> and Satan will harden their hearts of the people to stir them up to anger against you that they will not believe my words Thus Satan thinketh to overpower your testimony in this generation that the work may not come forth in this generation: but behold here is wisdom and because I show unto you wisdom and give you commandments concerning these things what you shall do Show it not unto the world until you have accomplished the work of translation 7 Marvel not that I said unto you here is wisdom show it not unto the world that you may be preserved. Behold I do not say that you shall not show it unto the righteous but as you cannot all all always judge the righteous or as you cannot always tell the wicked from the righteous Therefore I say unto you hold your peace until I shall see fit to make all things known unto the world concerning this matter
8 “And now verily I say unto you that an account of those things that you have written which have gone out of your hands are engraven upon the plates of Nephi Yea and you remember it was said in those writings that a more particular account was given of these things upon the plates of Nephi 9 And now because the account which is engraven upon the plates of nephi is more particular concerning the things which in my wisdom I would bring to the knowledge of the people in this account Therefore you shall translate the engravings which are on the plates of Nephi down even till you come to the reign of King Benjamin or until you come to that which you [p. 19]
have translated that you have retained and behold you shall publish it as the record of Nephi and thus I will confound those who have altered my words I will not suffer that they shall destroy my works Yea I will show unto them that my wisdom is greater than their cunning of the Devil
10 Behold they have only got a part or an abridgement of the account of Nephi behold there are many things engraven upon the plates of Nephi which do throw greater light views upon my Gospel therefore it is wisdom in me that you should translate this first part of the engravings of Nephi and send forth in this work And behold all the remainder of this work does contain all those parts of my gospel which my holy prophets yea and also my disciples desired in their prayers should come forth unto this people and I said unto them that it should be granted according to their faith in their prayer prayers Yea and this was their faith that my Gospel which I gave unto them that they might preach in their days might come unto their brethren the Lamanites and also <​all​> that had become Lamanites because of their dissensions 11 Now this is not all their faith in their prayers were that this gospel should be made known also if it were possible that other nations should possess this Land and And thus they did leave a blessing upon this land in their prayers that whosoever should believe in this gospel in this land might have eternal Life yea that it might be free unto all of whatsoever nation kindred tongue or people they may be 12 And now behold according to their faith in their prayers will I bring this part of my gospel to the knowledge of my peopl[e] behold I do not bring it to destroy what they have received but to build it up [p. 20]
13 And for this cause have I said if this generation harden <​not​> their hearts I will establish my Church among them Now I do not say this to destroy my Church but I say this to build up my Church Therefore whosoever belongeth to my church need not fear for such shall inherit the kingdom of heaven but it is those who do not fear me neither keep my commandments but build up Churches unto themselves to get gain Yea and all those that do wickedly and build up the kingdom of the Devil Yea verily verily I say unto you that it is those <​whom​> that I will disturb and cause to tremble and shake to the centre
14 Behold I am Jesus Christ the Son of God. I came unto my own <​but​> and my own received me not I am the light that shineth in darkness and the darkness comprehendeth it not I am he who said Other sheep have I who are not of this fold unto my disciples and many there were who understood me not
15 and And I will show unto this people that I had other Sheep and that they were a branch of the House of Isreal Jacob and I will bring to light their marvellous works which they did in my name Yea and I will also bring to light my Gospel which was minestered unto them and behold they shall not deny what you have recieved but shall build it up and bring to light the true points of my doctrine Yea and the only doctrine which is in me and this I do that I may establish my Gospel that there may not be so much contention Yeas Satan doth stir up their hearts of the people to contention concerning the points of my doctrine and in these things they do err for they do wrest the scriptures and do not understand them Therefore I will unfold unto them this Great [p. 21]
mystery for behold I will gather them as a hen gathereth her chickens under her wings if they will not heard harden their [hearts] Yea if they will come they may and partake of the waters of life freely.
16 Behold this is my doctrine whosoever repenteth and cometh unto me the same is my Church whosoever declareth more or less than this the Same is not of me but is against me therefore he is not of my church
17 And now behold whosoever is not of my church and endureth of my church to the end him will I establish upon my rock and the gates of hell shall not prevail against him And now remember remember the words of him who is the life and the light of the world Your Redeemer your Lord and your God
I did not however immediately commence translating but tilled a small farm which I purchased of my to provide for my family In this month of Feby 1829 my came to visit me at which time I came to visit obtained the following Revoelation for him
Now behold a marvellous work is about to to come forth among the children of man therefore O ye that embark in the service of the Lord God see that you serve him with all your heart might and strenght that you may stand blameless before God at the last day Therefore if you have desires to serve God ye are called to work in his vineyard for behold the field is white allready to harvest and lo lo lo he that thrusteth in his Sickle with all his might the same layeth up in Store that he perish not but bringeth Salvation to his [p. 22]
Soul and faith hope charity and love, with an eye single to the glory of God qualifies him for the work Remember faith virtue knowledge temperance patience brotherly kindness godliness charity humility diligence Ask and ye shall recieve, knock and it shall be opened unto you
At the request of the afore mentioned I applied for the following revelation for him
Behold I say unto you that as my servant has desired yo a witness at my hand that you my servant Joseph Smith Jr have the plates of which you have testified and bare record that you have recievd from me and now behold this shall you Say unto him he who spake unto you said, I the Lord am God and have gi[v]en these things unto you my servant Joseph Smith Jr. and have commanded you that you Shall Stand as a witness of these things And I have caused you that you should enter into a covenant with me that you should not show them except to those persons to whom I commanded you and you have no power over them except I grant unto you and you have a gift to translate the plates and this is the first gift I have bestowed upon you and I have commanded you that you pretend to no other gift until my purpose is fulfilled in this for I will grant unto you no other gift until it is finished. Verily I say unto you that wo Shall come unto the inhabitants of the earth if they will not harken unto my words for hereafter you shall be ordained and go forth and deliver my words unto the children of men. Behold if they will not believe my words they would not believe <​you​> (my Servant Jos.) [p. 23]
if it were possible that you could [show?] them all these things which I have committed unto you. O this unbelieving and stiff necked generation. Mine anger is kindled against them— Behold verily I say unto you I have reserved these things, which I have entrusted unto you my Servant Joseph for a wise purpose in me and it shall be made known unto future generations. But this generation shall have my word through you and in addition to your testimony, the testimony of three of my servants whom I shall call and ordain I shall show these things and they shall go forth forth with my words that are given through you Yea they shall know of a surety that these things are true for from heaven will I declare it unto them. I will give you power to behold and view these things as they are and to none else will I grant this power to receive this same testimony among this generation in this the beginning and of the rising up and the coming forth of my church out of the wilderness. Clear as the moon fair as the sun and terrible as an army with banners, and the testimony of three witnesses will I send forth of my words and behold whosoever believeth on my words them will I visit with the manifestations of my spirit and they shall be born of the water and of the spirit and you must wait yet a little while for ye are not yet ordained, and their testimony shall also go forth unto the condemnation of this generation if they harden their hearts against them for a desolating scurge shall go forth among the inhabitants of the earth and shall continue to be poured out from time to time if they repent not until the earth is empty and the inhabitants thereof are consumed away and utterly destroyed by the [p. 24]
brightness of my coming behold I tell you these things even as I also told the people of the destruction of Jerusalem and my words shall be verified at this time as it hath hitherto been.
And now I command you my servant Joseph to repent and walk more uprightly before me and yield to the persuasions of men no more and that you be firm in keeping the commandments wherewith I have commanded you and if you do this behold I grant unto you eternal life even if you should be slain. And now again I speak unto you my servant Joseph concerning the man who desires the witness. Behold I say unto him he exalts himself and does not humble himself sufficiently before me. But if he will bow down before me and humble himself in mighty prayer and faith in the cincerity of his heart then will I grant unto him a view of the things which he desires to see. And then he shall say unto the people of this generation behold I have seen the things which the Lord has shown to Joseph Smith Jr. and I know of a surety that they are true for I have seen them they have been shown unto me by the power of God and not of man. And I the Lord command him my servant that he shall say no more unto them concerning these things except he shall say I have seen them and they have been shown unto me by the power of God. And these are the words which he shall say, but if he deny this he will break the covenant which he has made with me and behold he is condemned. And now except he humble himself and acknowledge unto me the things that he has done that are wrong and covenant with me that he will keep my comma<​ndments​> and exercise faith in me behold I say unto him he shall have no such views for I will grant unto him no views of the things of which I [p. 25]
have spoken. And if this be the case I command you my servant Joseph that you shall say unto him that he shall do no more nor trouble me any more concerning this matter and if this be the case behold I say unto thee Joseph when thou hast translated a few more pages thou shalt stop for a season even until I command thee again then thou mayest translate again and except thou do this behold thou shalt have no more gift and I will take away the things which I have entrusted with thee and now because I foresee the lying in wait to destroy thee yea I foresee that if my servant humbleth not himself and receive <​a​> witness from my hand that he will fall into transgression; and th[e]re are many that lie in wait to destroy thee from off the face of the earth, and for this cause that thy days may be prolonged I have given unto thee these commandments. Yea for this cause I have said stop and stand still until I command thee and I will provide means whereby thou mayest accomplish the thing which I have commanded thee. And if thou art faithful in keeping my commandments thou shalt be lifted up at the last day. Amen
On the fi[f]th day of April 1829 came to my house (until which time I had never seen him) and stated to me that having been teaching school in the neighborhood where my resided and learning from some of the family that I had receivd the plates now came to make inquiries of me. Two days after the arrival of I commenced translating the book of Mormon and he commenced writing for me which having [p. 26] continued for some time I inquired of the Lord through the Urim & Thummin and obtained the following Revelation
A great and marvelous work is about to come forth unto the children of men.
Behold I am God and give heed unto my words which [are] quick and powerful sharper than a two edged sword to the dividing assunder of both joints and marrows therefore give heed unto my words. Behold the field is w[h]ite already to harvest therefore whoso desireth to reap let him thrust in his sickle with his might and reap while the day last lasts that he may treasure up for his soul everlasting salvation in the kingdom of God. Yea whosoever will thrust in his sickle and reap the same is called of God therefore if you will ask of me you shall receive if you will knock it shall be opened unto you now as you have asked behold I say unto you keep my commandments and seek to bring forth and establish the cause of Zion
Seek not for riches but for wisdom and behold the mysteries of God shall be unfolded unto you and then shall you be made rich. Behold he that hath eternal life is rich. Verily Verily I say unto you even as you desire of me so shall it be unto you and if you desire you shall be the means of doing much good in this generation. Say nothing but repentance unto this generation Keep my commandments and assist to bring forth my work according to my commandments you shall be blest. Behold thou hast a gift and blessed art thou because of thy gift remember it is sacred and cometh from above and if thou wilt inquire thou shalt know mysteries which are great and marvelous therefore thou shalt exercise thy gift. [p. 27]
that thou mayest found out mysteries that thou mayest bring many to the knowledge of the truth yea convince them of the errors of their ways. Make not thy gift known unto any save it be those who are of thy faith Trifle not with sacred things if thou wil wilt do good yea and hold out faithful to the end thou shalt be saved in the Kingdom of God which is the greatest of all the gifts of God for there is no gift greater than the gift of salvation
Verily Verily I say unto thee blessed art thou for what thou hast done for thou hast inquired of me and behold as often as thou hast inquired thou hast received instruction of my spirit if it had not been so thou wouldst not have come to the place where thou art at this time. Behold thou knowest thou hast inquired of me and I did enlighten thy mind and now I tell thee these things that thou mayest know that thou hast been enlightened by the spirit of truth Yea I tell thee that thou mayest know that there is none else save God that knowest thy thoughts and intents of thy heart. I tell thee these things as a witness unto thee that the words or the works which thou hast been writing is true therefore be diligent stand by my servant Joseph faithfully in whatsoever difficult circumstances he may be for the words sake admonish him in his faults and also recieve admonition of him. Be patient be sober and be temperate. Have patience faith hope and charity. Behold thou art and I have spoken unto thee because of thy desires therefore treasure up these words in thy heart be faithful and diligent in keeping the commandments of God and I will encircle thee in the arms of my love. behold I am Jesus Christ the Son of God I am the same that came unto my own [p. 28]
and my <​own​> recieved me not. I am the light that shineth in darkness but the darkness comprehendeth it not. Verily Verily I say unto you if you disire a further witness cast your mind upon the night that you cried unto me in your heart that you might know concerning the truth of these things did I not speak Peace to your mind concerning the matter. What greater witness can you have than from God. And behold you have received a witness for if I have told you things which no man knoweth have you not recieved a witness. And behold I grant unto you a gift if you disire to translate even as my servant Joseph. Verily Verily I say unto you that there are records that contain much of my gospel which have been kept back because of the wickedness of the people and now I command you that if you have good desires a desire to lay up treasures for yourself in heaven then shall you assist in bringing to light with your gift those parts of scriptures which have been hidden because of iniquity. And now behold I give unto you and also my servant Joseph the keys of this gift which shall bring to light this ministry and in the mouth of two or three witnesses shall every word be established. Verily Verily I say unto you if they reject my word and this part of my gospel and my ministry, blessed are you for they can do no more unto you than unto me and if they do unto you even as they have done unto me blessed are ye for you shall dwell with me in glory. But if they reject not my words which shall be established by the testimony, which shall be given, blessed are they and then shall ye have joy in the fruit of your labors. Verily Verily I say unto you [p. 29]
as I said unto you my disciples where two or three are gathred together in my name as touching one thing behold there will I be in the midst of them even so am I in the midst of you. Fear not to do good my sons for whatsoever ye sow that shall ye <​also​> reap. therefore if you sow good you shall also reap good for your reward. Therefore fear not little flock do good let earth and hell combine against you for if ye are built on my rock they cannot prevail.
Behold I do not condemn you. Go your way and sin no more,— perform with soberness the work which I have commanded you— look unto me in every thought, doubt not fear not. Behold the wounds which pierced my side, and als[o] the prints of the nails in my hands, and feet. Be faithful keep my commandments, and ye shall inherit the kingdom of heaven Amen
After we had receivd this Revelation, stated that after having been told by some of my ’s family that I had the plates he retired to rest and called upon the Lord asking him if these things were so and that the Lord had manifested to him that they were true— that he had divulged this to no one consequently he knew this work to be true because none but himself and God knew of the thing alluded to in the Revelation. During the month of April we continued to translate and write. During which time we receivd several Revelations. A differance of opinion arrising between us relative to the account of John the Apostle mentioned in the New Testament, John 21st. & 22 ver. whether he died or continued; we mutually agreed to settle it by the Urim & Thummin and the following [p. 30] is the word that we receivd
And the Lord said unto me (John) my beloved) what desirest thou if you ask what you will it shall be granted unto you. And I said unto him Lord give me power over death that I may live and bring souls to thee. And the Lord said unto me verily verily I say unto thee because thou desiredst this thou shalt tarry until I come in my glory and shall prophecy before nations kindreds tongues and people
An<​d​> for this cause the Lord said unto Peter if I will that he tarry till I come what is that to thee— For he desired that he might bring souls unto me but thou desiredst that thou might speedily come <​unto me.​> in my kingdom.
I say unto thee Peter this was a good desire but my beloved has desired that he might do more or a greater work therefore I will make him a flaming fire and a ministering angel
Has He shall be a minister to those who shall be heirs of salvation who dwell on the earth
I will make the[e] to minister for him and for thy brother James and unto you three will I give this power and the keys of this ministry until I come. Verily Verily I say unto you ye shall both have according to your desires for ye both joy in that which you have desired.
Whilst continuing the work of translation (during the month of April) became exceedingly anxious to have power to translate bestowed upon him and in relation to this desire the following Revelation was obtained
Verily Verily I say [p. 31]
that assuredly as the Lord liveth who is your God and your Redeemer even so sure shall you [receive?] a knowledge of whatsoever things you shall ask in faith with an honest heart believing that you shall receive a knowledge concerning the engravings of old records which contain those parts of my scriptures that have been spoken of by the manifestations of my spirit Yea behold I will tell you in your mind and in your heart by the Holy Ghost which shall come upon you and which shall dwell in your heart. Now behold this is the spirit of revelation. Behold this is the spirit which brought the children through the red sea on dry ground therefore this is thy gift, apply unto it and blessed art thou for it shall deliver you out of the hands of your enemies when if it were not so they would slay you and bring your soul to destruction. O remember these words and keep my commandments. Remember this is your gift. Now this is not all thy gift for you have have another gift which is that of Aaron. Behold it has told you many things. Behold there is no other power save the power of God that can cause this gift of Aaron to be with you. Therefore doubt not for it is the gift of God, and you shall hold it in your hands and do marvelous works and no power shall be able to take it out of your hands for it is the work of God. And therefore whatsoever you shall ask me to tell you by that means I will grant unto you [that you?] shall have knowledge concerning it. Remember that without faith you can do nothing therefore ask in faith Trifle not with these things do not ask for what you ough[t] not to that you may know the mysteries of God [p. 32]
and that you may translate and receive knowledge from all those ancient records which have been hid up that are sacred and according to your faith shall it be done unto you from the beginning Amen
Revelation to Apr 1829
Behold I say unto you my son that because you did not translate according to that which you desired of me and did commence again for my Servant Joseph Smith Jr even so I would that you should continue until you have finished this record which I have entrusted unto him him And then behold other records have I that I will give you power to assist in translating them Be patient my son for it is wisdom in me and it is not expedient that you should translate at this present time Behold the work which you are called to do is to write for my servant Joseph and behold it is because you did not continue as you commenced when you began to translate that I have taken away this privilige from you Do not murmur my son for it is wisdom in me that I have dealt with you after this manner Behold you have not understood you have supposed that I would give it unto you when you took no thought save it was to ask me but behold I say unto you that you must ask me study it in your mind then you must ask me if it be right and if it is right I will cause that your bosom shall burn within you
Therefore you shall feel that it is right but if it be not right you shall have a no such feelings but you shall have a stupor of thought that shall cause you to forget the thing which is wrong therefore you cannot write that which is sacred save it [p. 33]
be given you from me Now if you had known this you could have translated; nevertheless it is not expedient that you should translate now Behold it was expedient when you commenced but you feared and the time is past and it is not expedient now; for do you not behold that I have given unto my servant Joseph Smith Jr sufficient strength whereby it is made up and neither of you are condemned Do this thing which I have commanded you and you shall prosper. Be faithful and yield to no temptation Stand fast in the work wherewith I have called you and a hair of your head shall not be lost, and you shall be lifted up at the last day
We still continued the work of translation and in the ensuing month of (May 1829) on a certain day we went into the woods woods to pray and enquire of the Lord respecting babtism for the remission of sins spoken of in the translation of the Plates
While we were thus praying and calling upon the name of the Lord a messenger decended in a cloud of light from heaven and having laid his hands upon us ordained us saying “upon you my fellow servants in the name of the Messiah [I confer] the Priesthood of Aaron which holds the keys of the ministring of Angels and the Gospel of repentance and baptism by immersion for the remission of sins and this shall never be taken from the earth until the sons of Levi do [p. 34] again make an offering unto the Lord in righteousness” He said this Aronic Priesthood had not the power of the laying on of hands for the gift of the Holy Ghost but that should be conferred upon us at some future time He also commanded us that we should go and be baptised— that I should baptise and that he should then baptise me He also said that his name was John, the same that was called John the Babtist in the New Testament— that he acted under the direction of Peter James and John who held the keys of the Priesthood of Melchisadeck which should in due time be conferred upon us According we went and were baptised as the directed by the messenger (May 15 1829)
Immediately upon our coming up out of the water we experienced great and glorious blessings from our heavenly Father No sooner had I baptized than the Holy Ghost fell upon him and he fell a stood up and prophesied many things which should come to p shortly come to pass I also had the spirit of prophecy and standing up I prophesied concerning the rise of the Church and many things connected with it and this generation of the children of men We were filled with the Holy Ghost and rejoiced in the God of our salvation Our minds being now enlightened we began to to have the scriptures laid open to our understanding and the true meaning of the more mysterious passages were revealed to us in a manner we had never thougth thought of In the mean time we were forced to keep our [p. 35] baptism and ordination a secret owing to a persecution spirit of persecution already to prevalent in the neighborhood Mobs had threatened us from time to time composed too, of professors of Religion from which we were only preserved under divine providence by the influence of my and family who had now become very friendly and <​were​> anxious that I should continue the work of translation without interruption and were determined to protect us. After a few days feeling it our duty we began to reason out of the scriptures with our acquaintances and friends in accordance with our holy calling. About this time my brother visited us We informed him of what the Lord was about to do for the children of Men and reasoned with him, laboring to convince him of the truth of the Gospel now about to be revealed in its fulness appealing to <​the​> Holy Bible for the truth of the doctrines we advanced. Not being very easily convinced of these these things he retired to the woods that by secret and fervent prayer he might obtain <​wisdom​> of a benevolent God that he might judge for himself The result was that he became convinced, by revelation, of the truth of the doctrines we presented to him In accordance with the commands of the Gospel he was babtized by and returned home greatly blessed praising God and being filled with the Holy Ghost Shortly after my brother came enquiring after these things At his earnest request I enquired of the Lord for him through the Urim and Thummin and recieve[d] for him the following Revelation [p. 36]
A great and marvellous work is about to come forth among the children of men; behold I am God, and give heed unto my word which is quick and powerful sharper than a two edged sword to the dividing assunder of both joints and marrow; Therefor give heed to my word
2 Behold the field is white already to harvest; therefore whoso desireth to reap let him thrust in his sickle, with all his might and reap while the day lasts, that he may treasure up for his soul everlasting salvation in the kingdom of God; yea whoso will thrust in his sickle and reap the same is called of God. Therefore if you will ask of me you shall recieve, if you will knock it shall be opened unto you
3 Now as you have asked, behold I say unto you keep my commandments and seek to bring forth and establish the cause of Zion Seek not for riches but for wisdom, ask and behold the mysteries of God shall be unfolded unto you and then shalt thou you be made rich behold that he that hath eternal life is rich
4 Verily, verily, I say unto you, even as you desire of me, shall it be done unto you; and if you desire, you shall be the means of doing much good in this generation. Keep my commandments and assist to bring forth my work according to my commandments and you shall shall be blessed
5 Behold thou hast a gift, or thou shalt have a gift if thou wilt desire it of me in faith with on honest heart believing in the power of Jesus Chist or in my power who speaketh unto you unto thee for behold it is I that speaketh behold I am the light that which shineth in <​the​> darkness and by my power I give these words unto thee [p. 37]
[6] And now verily verily I say unto you thee put your trust in that spirit which leadeth to do good: Yea to do justly to walk humbly to judge righteously. and this is my spirit.
7 Verily verily I say unto you I will impart unto you of my spirit which shall enlighten your mind which shall fill your soul with joy. And then shall you ye know all things whatsoever you desire of me which is pertaining unto things of righteousness in faith believing in me that you shall recieve
8 Behold I command you that you need not suppose that you are called to preach until you are called Wait a little longer until you shall have my word my rock my church and my gospel that you may have of a surety my doctrine. And then behold accor according to your desires yea even according to your faith shall it be done unto you
9 Keep my commandments hold your peace appeal unto my spirit yea cleave unto me with all your heart that you may assist in bringing fort forth to light those things of which have been spoken: yea to translate yea the translation of my work Be patient until you shall accomplish it
10 Behold this is your work to keep my commandments yea with all your might mind and strength seek not to declare my word but <​first​> seek first to obtain my word and then shall your tongue be loosened; then if you desire you shall have my spirit and my word; Yea the power of God unto the convincing of men But now hold your peace study my word, which shall come forth among the children of men or that which is now translating. Yea until you shall obtain all I shall grant unto the children of men in this generation and then shall all things be added thereunto
11 Behold thou art my son seek the Kingdom of God and all things shall be added [p. 38]
according to that which is just Build upon my rock which is my gospel; deny not the spirit of revelation nor the spirit of prophecy for wo unto him that shall deny these things. Therefore treasure up in your heart until the time which is in my wisdom that you shall go forth Behold I speak unto all who shall go forth have good desires and thrust in their sickle to reap Behold I am Jesus Christ the son of God. I am the life and the light of the world I am the same who came unto my own and my own recieved me not But verily verily I say unto you that as many as recieveth me. to them will I give power to become the sons of God even to them that believe on my name Amen
About this time came an old gentleman of whom I wish to make honorable mention Viz Mr of , Broom[e], Co, P,a, who having heard of the manner in which we were occupying our time very kindly brought us a quanty of provision that we might continue translating without interruption from the want of the necessaries of life Being very anxious to know his duty relative to this work I enquired of the Lord and obtained for him the following Revelation
1 A great and marvellous work is about to come forth among the children of men Behold, I and [am] God and give heed unto my word which is quick and powerful like sharper than a two edged sword to the dividing asunder of both joints and marrow Therefor give heed unto my word
2 Behold the field is white already to harvest Therefore whoso desirith to reap [p. 39]
let him thrust in his sickle with his might and reap while the day lasts that he may treasure up for his soul everlasting Salvation in the kingdom of God. Yea whosoever will thrust in his sickle and reap the same is called of God Therefore if you will ask of me you shall recieve if you knock it shall be opened unto you
3 Now as you have asked behold I say unto you keep my commandments and assist seek to bring forth and establish Zion the cause of of Zion
4 Behold I speak unto you and also all those who have desires to bring forth and establish this work; and no man can assist in this work except he shall be humble and full of love having faith hope and charity being temperate in all things whatsoever shall be entrusted to his care
5 Behold I am the light and the life of the world that speaketh these words therefore give heed with your might and then you are called Amen
In the beginning of June a of of , Seneca, Co, NY with whom I had formed an acquaintance shortly after commencing the translation: came to the place where I was residing we were residing living; with a carriage to take us to the his s residence there to remain until we should finish the work He proposed to gratuitously give us our board and the assistance of one of his brothers to write as well as his own when convenient Having need of such timely aid and being informed that the people of that the neighborhood were anxious to enquire into these things, we accepted the invitation and accompanied him home where we remained [p. 40] until the translations was completed and copy right secured. In the mean time, , , and sons of became our zealous friends and assistants in the work and being very anxious to know the will of the Lord concerning them after much solicitation I inquired of the Lord through the Urim & Thummin and received the following Revelations
1 A great and marvelous work is about to come forth unto the children of men. Behold I am God and give heed unto my word which is quick and powerful sharper than a two edged sword to the dividing assunder of both joints and marrows therefore give heed unto my word
2 Behold the field is white already to harvest therefore whoso desireth to reap let him thrust in his sickle with his might and reap while the day lasts, that he may treasure up for his soul everlasting salvation in the Kingdom of God; Yea whosoever will thrust in his sickle and reap the same is called of God; Therefore if you will ask of me you shall receive if you will knock it shall be opened unto you.
3 Seek to bring forth and establish my Zion. Keep my commandments and endure to the end and you shall have eternal life which gift is the greatest of all the gifts of God. 4 And it shall come to pass that if you shall ask the father in my name in faith beleiving you shall receive the Holy Ghost which giveth utterance that you may stand as a witness of the things which you shall both have and see, and that you may declare repentance unto this generation
5 Behold I am Jesus Christ the son of the living God who created the heavens and the earth, light which cannot be hid in darkness, wherefore I must bring forth the fullness of my Gospel from the Gentiles unto the house of Israel and behold thou art and thou art called to assist [p. 41]
which thing if ye do and are faithful ye shall be blessed both spiritually and temporally and great shall be your reward Amen
1 Harken my servant and listen to the words of Jesus Christ your Lord and your Redeemer, for behold I speak unto you with sharpness and with power for mine arm is over all the earth, and will tell you that which no man knoweth, save me and thee alone for many times you have desired of me to know that which would be of the most worth unto you
2 Behold blessed are you for these things and for speaking my words which I have given you according to my commandments. 3 And now behold I say unto you that the thing which will be of the most worth unto you will be to declare repentance unto this people that you may bring souls unto me that you may rest with them in the Kingdom of my Father.
1. Harken my servant and listen to the words of Jesus Christ your Lord and your Redeemer for behold I speak unto me [you] with sharpness and power for mine arm is over all the earth and I will tell thee what no man knoweth save me and thee alone for many times you have desired of me to know that which would be of the most worth unto you.
2 Behold blessed are you for this thing and for speaking my words which I have given you according to my commandments, 3 Now behold I say unto you that the thing which will be of the most worth unto you will be to declare repentance unto this people that you may bring souls unto me that you may rest with them in the kingdom of my Father Amen [p. 42]
We found the people of in the main friendly and disposed to inquire into the truth of these strange things which were being noised abroad and many opened their houses to us so that we might have an opportunity of meeting with our friends and obtain instruction. We met from time to time at this place and found many that were willing to hear us and anxious to find out the truth as in Christ Jesus and apparently willing to obey the Gospel. In this month (June) and my brother were baptized in Seneca Lake
From this time many became believers and were baptized whilst we continued to instruct those who applied for information. We had learned during the work of translation that the Lord would provide special witnesses to whom he would show the plates from which the book of Mormon was translated that they (the witnesses) should bear record of the same see book of Mormon 1st Edition page [blank] second edition [blank]
Immediately after we had made this discovery it occured to and (the latter having come to ascertain our progress in the work) that the Lord would permit them to become these witnesses
Accordingly they became very solicitous that I should inquire of the Lord respecting it, which I did and obtained the following Revelation
1 Behold I say unto you that you must rely upon my word which if you do with full purpose of heart you shall have a view of the plates and also the breast plate, the sword of Laben and the Urim and Thummin which were given [p. 43]
to the brother of Jared on the mount when he talked with the Lord face to face and the miraculous directions which were given to Lehi while in the wilderness on the borders of the red sea and it is by your faith that you shall obtain a view of them even by that faith which was had by the prophets of old
2 And after that you have obtained faith and have seen them with your eyes you shall testify of them by the power of God and this you shall do that my servant Joseph Smith Jr. may not be destroyed that I may bring about my righteous purposes unto the children of men in this work. And ye shall testify that ye have seen them even as my servant Joseph Smith Jr. has seen them for it is by my power that he has seen them and it is because he hath faith. And he hath translated the book even that part which I have commanded him and as your Lord and your God liveth it is true
3 Wherefore you have received the same power and the same faith and the same gift like unto him and if you do these last commandments of mine which I have given you the gates of hell shall not prevail against you for my grace is sufficient for you and you shall be lifted up at the last day. And I Jesus Christ your Lord and your God have spoken it unto you that I might bring about my righteous purposes unto the children of men Amen [p. 44]
Not many days after the above commandment was given we retired into the woods to obtain by fervent and humble prayer the fulfillment of the promises given in this revelation
According to previous arrangement I commenced by vocal prayer to Almighty God and was followed by each of the others in succession We did not yet however obtain any manifestation of divine favour We again observed the same order of prayer but with the same result as before Upon this second failure proposed to withdraw himself from us fearing that his presence was the cause of our not obtaining what we wished After he had retired we bowed ourselves again in prayer and had not been many minutes so engaged when we beheld a light of exceeding brightness above us and behold an angel stood before us having in his hands the Plates, for a view of which we had been praying
He slowly turned over the leaves so that we could distinctly see the engravings thereon
Addressing himself to said blessed be the Lord and he that keeps his commandments.” And immediately after And immediately after we heard a voice proceeding from the light above us saying “these plates have been revealed by the power of God and they have been translated by the power of God the translation of them which you have seen is correct and I command you to bear record of what you [p. 45] now see and hear
I now went in search of whom I found at a distance earnestly engaged in prayer
From him I learned that he had not yet obtained what he wished and I joined with him <​in prayer​> and immediately obtained a view of the Plates and he cried out in an ectasy ecstacy of joy “tis enough tis enough mine eyes have beheld mine eyes have beheld” and jumping up shouted hosanna and rejoiced exceedingly, having thus through the mercy of God thus obtained these glorious manifestations It now remained for these individuals to obey the command which they had recieved
Acordingly they drew up and subscribed the following testimony
Be it known unto all nations kindreds tongues and people unto whom this work shall come that we through the grace of God the Father and our Lord Jesus Christ have seen the plates which contains this record which is a record of the people of Nephi and also of the Lamanites their brethren and also of the people of Jared who came from the tower of which hath been spoken and we also know that they have been translated by the gift and power of God for his voice hath declared it unto us: wherefore we know of a surety it that the work is true
And we also testify that we have seen the engravings which are upon the plates and they have been shown to us by the power of God and not of man [p. 46]
And we declare with words of soberness that an angel of God came down from heaven and he brought and laid them before our eyes; that we beheld and saw the plates and the engravings thereon and we know that I it is by the power of God the Father and our Lord Jesus Christ that we beheld and bear record that these things are true and it is marvellous in our eyes nevertheless the voice of the Lord commanded us that we should bear record of it wherefore to be obedient unto the commandments of God we bear testimony of these things
And we know <​that​> if we are faithful in Christ we shall rid our garments of the blood of all men and be found spotless before the judgement seat of Christ and shall dwell with him eternally in the heavens.
And the honor be be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Ghost which is one God Amen
Soon after these things had transpired the following additional testimony was obtained
Be it known <​unto​> to all kindred unto all nations kindreds tongues and people unto whom this work shall come that Joseph Smith Jr the translator of this work has shewn us the plates of which hath been spoken which have the appearance of of Gold and as many of the leaves as the said Smith has translated we did handle with our own hands and we also saw the engravings thereon all of which has the appearance of ancient work and of curious workmanship and this we bear record with words of soberness that the said Joseph Smith Jr. has shown unto us [p. 47]
for we have seen and hefted and know of a surety that the said Smith has got the plates of which we have spoken And we give our names unto the world that that which to witness unto the world that which we have seen and we lie not God being our witness of it
After this we continued to translate when not attending to the numerous inquirers that now began to visit us some seeking for truth and others desiring to confound us with many questions Among the latter were many learned priests who came to dispute the truth of the word of God I [say] dispute because they deny the power of Godliness as it is taught us in his word
However the Lord continued to pour out his Holy Spirit upon us, and as often as we had need he gave us in that moment what to say Although unlearned and unexperienced in religious contraversies we were enabled to confound the learned rabbies of the day and at the same time convince the honest in heart that we had obtained through the mercy of God the true and everlasting Gospel of Jesus Christ so that daily we administered the ordinances of baptism for the remission of sins to such as believed
We now became anxious that the promise of the Melchesidec priesthood which holds the authority of the laying on of hands for the gift of the Holy Ghost given us by the angel that confereed upon us the Aronick priesthood should be fulfilled
Having for some time made this a subject of prayer we finally met [p. 48] to unitedly ask of the Lord what we so much desired and to our unspeakable satisfaction we realized a fulfillment of our Saviours promises Ask and ye shall receive Seek and ye shall find knock and it shall be opened unto you for we had been engaged in fervent prayer but a short time when the word of the Lord came unto us commanding me to ordain to be an elder in the Church of Jesus Christ and that he should ordain me to the same office and then ordain others as it should from time to time be made known unto us. We were commanded however to defer our ordination until our bretheren who had been and should be baptized were assembled together when we might have their sanction to such an ordination and ascertain if they were willing to receive us as spiritual teachers. If so we were to bless bread break and eat it with them, to take wine bless and drink it with them then proceed to ordain each other according to commandment and such others as the spirit should dictate and then lay on hands for the gift of the Holy Ghost upon all whom we had previously baptized doing all things in the name of the Lord. The following Revelation will further illustrate the nature of this priesthood.
1 Now behold <​because​> of the thing which you my servant have desired to know of me I give unto you these words.
Behold I have manifested unto you by my spirit in many instances that the things which you have written are true wherefore you know that they are true. And if you know that they are true behold I have given unto you a commandment that you rely on <​upon​> the things which are written for in them are [p. 49]
all things written concerning the foundation of my church my gospel and my rock the gates of hell shall not prevail against you
2 Behold the world is ripening in iniquity and must needs be that the children of men are stirred up unto repentance both the Gentiles and also the house of Israel. Wherefore as thou hast been baptized by the hand of my servant Joseph Smith Jr. according to that which I have commanded him, he hath fulfilled the things which I have commanded him. And now marvel not that I have called him unto mine own purpose which purpose is known in me wherefore if he shall be diligent in keeping my commandments he shall be blessed unto eternal life and his name is Joseph.
3 And now I speak unto you and also unto by the way of commandment for behold I command all men every where to repent and I speak unto you even as unto Paul mine Apostle for you are called even with that same calling with which he was called. Remember the worth of souls is great in the sight of God for behold the Lord your Redeemer suffered death in the flesh wherefore he suffered the pain of all men that all might repent and come unto him. And he hath risen again from the dead that he might bring all men unto him on condition of repentance. And how great is his joy in the soul that repenteth wherefore you are called to cry repentance unto this people. And if it so be that you should labor all your days in crying repentance unto this people and bring save it be one soul unto me how great shall be your joy with him in the Kingdom of my Father. 4 And now if your joy will be great with one soul that you have brought unto me into the Kingdom of my Father how great will be your joy if you should bring many souls unto me. Behold you have [p. 50]
my gospel before you and my rock and my salvation. Ask the Father in my name in faith believing that you shall receive and you shall have the Holy Ghost which manifesteth all things which is expedient unto the children of men. And if you have not faith hope and charity you can do nothing. Contend against no church save it be the church of the Devil. Take upon you the name of Christ and speak the truth in soberness and as many as repent and are baptized in my name which is Jesus Christ and endure to the end the same shall be saved. Behold Jesus Christ is the name which is given of the Father and there is none other name given whereby men can be saved. Wherefore all men must take upon them the name which is given of the Father for in that name shall they be called at the last day wherefore if they know not the name by which they are called they cannot have place in the Kingdom of my Father 5 And now behold there are others who are called to declare my gospel both unto Gentile and unto Jew; yea even twelve and the twelve shall be my disciples and they shall take upon them my name with full purpose of heart and if they desire to take upon them my name with full purpose of heart they are called to go unto all the world to preach my gospel unto every creature. And they are they who are ordained of me to baptize in my name according to that which is written before you wherefore you must perform it according to the words which are written. And now I speak unto the twelve. Behold my grace is sufficient for you. You must walk uprightly before me and sin not. And behold you are they who are ordained of me to ordain priests and teachers to declare my gospel according to the power of the Holy Ghost which is in you and according to the calling and gifts of God unto men. And I Jesus Christ your Lord and [p. 51]
and your God have spoken it. These words are not of men nor of man but of me. Wherefore you shall testify they are of me and not of man for it is my voice which speaketh them unto you; for they are given by my spirit unto you and by my power you can read them one to another. And save it were by my power you could not have them wherefore you can testify that you have heard my voice and know [my] words.
6 And now behold I give unto you and also unto that you shall search out the twelve who shall have the desires of which I have spoken, and by their desires and their works you shall know them; and when you have found them you shall show these things unto them. And you shall fall down and worship the Father in my name and you must preach unto the world, saying you must repent and be baptized and not only men but women and children who have arrived to the years of accountability. 7 And now after that you have received this you must keep my commandments in all things and by your hand I will work a mavelous work among the children of men unto the convincing of many of their sins that they may come unto repentance and that they may come unto the kingdom of my Father.
Wherefore the blessings which I give unto you are above all things. And after that you have received this, if you keep not my commandments you cannot be saved in the kingdom of my Father. Behold I Jesus Christ your Lord and your God and your Redeemer by the power of my spirit have spoken it Amen [p. 52]
In this manner did the Lord continue to give us instruction concerning the duties incumbent upon us and among other things of the kind, we obtained the following, by the spirit of Prop[h]ecy and Revelation which not only gave us much information but pointed out the precise day upon which according to his will and commandment we should proceed to organize his church again upon the earth
1 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 agreeably to the laws of our Country 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 given to Joseph Smith Jr. who was called of God and ordained an Apostle of Jesus Christ to be the first elder of this Church and to who was also called of God an apostle of Jesus Christ to be the second elder of this church and ordained under his hand and this according to the grace of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ to. To whom be all glory both now and forever Amen
2 After it was truly manifested unto this first elder that he had received a remission of his sins, he was entangled again in the vanities of the world but after repenting and humbling himself sincerely through faith God ministered unto him by an holy angel whose countenance was as lightning and whose garments were pure and white above all other whightness and gave unto him commandments which inspired him and gave him power from on high by the means which were before prepared to translate the book of Mormon which contains a record of a fallen [p. 53]
people and the fullness of the gospel of Jesus Christ to the Gentiles, and to the Jews also, which was given by inspiration and is confirmed to others by the ministering of angels and is declared unto the world by them proving to the world that the holy scriptures are true and that God does inspire men and call them to his holy work in this age and generation as well as in generations of old thereby showing that he is the same God yesterday to day and forever Amen
3 Therefore having so great witnesses by them shall the world be judged even as many as shall hereafter come to a knowledge of this work. And those who receive it in faith and work righteousness, shall receive a crown of eternal life; but those who harden their hearts in unbelief and reject it, it shall turn to their own condemnation for the Lord has spoken it and we the elders of the church have heard and bear witness to the words of the glorious Majesty on high to whom be glory for ever, Amen
4 By these things we know that there is a God in heaven who is infinite and eternal from everlasting to everlasting the same unchangeable the framer of heaven and earth and all things which are in them and that he created man male and female after his own image and in his own likeness created he them and gave unto them commandments that they should love and serve him the only living and true God and that he should be the only being whom they should serve worship. But by the transgression of these holy laws man became sensual and Devlish and became fallen man.
5 Wherefore the Almighty God gave his only begotten son as it is written in those scriptures which have been given of him. He suffered temptations but gave no heed unto them; he was crucified died and [p. 54]
rose again the third day and ascended into heaven to sit down on the right hand of the Father that as many as would believe and be baptized in his holy name and endure in faith to the end should be saved not only those who believed after he came in the meridian of time in the flesh but all those from the beginning even as many as were before he came who believed in the words of the holy Prophets who spake as they were inspired by the gift of the Holy Ghost who truly testified of him in all things, should have eternal life as well as those who should come after who should believe in the gifts and callings of God by the Holy Ghost which beareth [record] of the Father and of the son which Father, Son, and Holy Ghost are one God infinite and eternal without end Amen
6 And we know that all men must repent and believe on the name of Jesus Christ and worship the Father in his name to the end or they cannot be saved in the kingdom of God. And we know that justification through the grace of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ is just and true to all those who love and serve God with all their might mind and strength. But there is a possibility that man may fall from grace and depart from the living God; therefore let the Church take heed and pray always lest they fall into temptations, yea and even let those who are sanctified take heed also.— And we know that these things are true and according to the revelations of John neither adding nor diminishing from the prophecy of his book the holy scriptures or the revelations of God which shall come hereafter by the gift and the power of the Holy Ghost, the voice of God or the minestering of angels; and the Lord God has spoken it and honor power and glory be rendered to his holy name both now and <​for​> ever Amen 7 And again by way of commandment to the church concerning the manner of baptism [p. 55]
All those who humble themselves before God and desire to be baptized and come forth with broken hearts and contrite spirits and witness before the church that they have repented of all their sins and willing to take upon them the name of Jesus Christ having a determination to serve him to the end and truly manifest by their works that they have received of the spirit of Christ unto the remission of their sins, shall be recieved by baptism into his church. 8 The duty of the elders, priests teachers deacon’s and members of the Church of Christ.
An apostle is an elder and it is his calling to baptize and to ordain other elders priests teachers and deacons and to administer bread and wine—; the emblems of the flesh and blood of Christ; and to confirm those who are baptized into the church by the laying on of hands for the baptism of fire and the Holy Ghost, according to the scriptures.
And to teach expound exhort baptize and watch over the church and to confirm those who are baptized into the church by the laying on of hands and the giving of the Holy Ghost and to take the lead of all meetings. 9 The elders are to conduct the meetings as they are led by the Holy Ghost according to the commandments and Revelations of God. 10 The priest’s duty is to preach teach expound exhort and baptize and administer the sacrament and visit the house of each member and exhort them to pray vocally and in secret and attend to all family duties: and also ordain other priests teachers and deacons— and he is to take the lead of meetings when there is no other present but when there is an elder present he is only to preach teach expound exhort and baptize and visit the house of each member exhorting them to pray vocally and in secret and attend to all family duties. In all these duties the priests are to assist the elders if occasion requires. 11 The teachers. duty is to watch over the church always and be with and strengthen them and see that there is [p. 56]
no iniquity in the church neither hardness with each other neither lying, backbiting nor evil speaking and see that the church meet together often and also see that all the members do their duty and he is to take the lead in meetings in the absence of the elder or priest, and is to be assisted always in all his duties in the church by the deacons if occasion requires: but neither teachers nor deacons have authority to baptize, administer the sacrament or lay on hands, They are however to warn expound exhort, teach and invite all to come unto Christ.
12 Every elder priest teacher or deacon is to be ordained according to the gifts and callings of God unto him; and he is to be ordained by the power of the Holy Ghost which is in the one who ordains him. 13 The several elders composing this church of Christ are to meet in conference once in three months or from time to time as said conference shall direct or appoint And said conference is to do whatever church business is necessary to be done at the time.
14 The elders are to receive their licenses from other elders by vote of the church to which they belong or from the conference
15 Each priest teacher or deacon who is ordained by a priest may take a certificate from him at the time, which certificate when presented to an elder shall entitle him to a license which authorize him to perform the duties of his calling or he may riceive it from a conference
16 No person is to be ordained to any office in this church where there is a regularly organized bra[n]ch of the same without the vote of that church. But the presiding elders, traveling bishops high counselors, high priests and elders may have the privilige of ordaining when there is no branch of the church that a vote may be called
17 Every of the high priesthood (or presiding elder) bishop high counselor and high priest is to be [p. 57]
ordained by the direction of a high counsel or general conference
18 The duties of members after they are received by baptism
19 The elders or priests are to have a sufficient time to expound all things concerning the Church of Christ to their understanding previous to their partaking of the sacrament and being confirmed by the laying on of the hands of the elders so that all things may be done in order. And the members shall manifest before the church and also before the elders by a godly walk and conversation that they are worthy of it That there may be works and faith agreeably agreeable to the holy scriptures walking in holiness before the Lord
20 Every member of the church having children is to bring them unto the elders before the church who are to lay their hands upon [them] in the name of Jesus Christ and bless them in his name
21 No one can be received into the church of Christ unless he has arrived unto the years of accountability before God and is capable of repentance
22 Baptism is to be administered in the following manner unto all those who repent:
The person who is called of God and has authority from Jesus Christ to baptize shall go down into the water with the person who has presented him or herself for baptism, and shall say calling him or her by name having been commissioned of Jesus Christ I baptize you in the name of the Father and of the son and of the Holy Ghost, Amen. Then shall he immerse him or her in the water and come forth again [p. 58]
out of the water.
23 It is expedient that the church meet together often to partake of bread and wine in remembrance of the Lord Jesus and the elder or priest shall administer it: and after this manner shall he administer it: he shall kneel with the church and call upon the Father in solemn prayer saying O God the eternal Father we ask thee in the name of thy son Jesus Christ to bless and sanctify this bread to the souls of all those who partake of it that they may eat in remembrance of the body of thy Son Jesus and witness unto thee O. God the eternal Father that they are willing to take upon them the name of thy Son and always remember him and keep his commandments which he has given them that they may always have his spirit to be with them Amen
24 The manner of administering the wine. He shall take the cup also and say O God the eternal Father we ask thee in the name of thy son Jesus Christ to bless and sanctify this wine to the souls of all those who drink it that they may do it in remembrance of thy son the blood of thy son which was shed for them that they may witness unto thee O God the eternal Father that they do always remember him that they may have his spirit to be with them Amen.
25 Any member of the Church of Christ transgressing or being overtaken in a fault shall be dealt with as the scriptures direct.
26 It shall be the duty of the several churches composing the Church of Christ to send one or more of their teachers to attend the several conferences held by the elders of the Church with a list of the names of the several members uniting themselves with the Church since the last conference, or send by the hand of some [p. 59]
priest so that a regular list of all the names of the whole church may be kept in a book by one of the elders whoever the other elders shall appoint from time to time.— and also if any have been expelled from the church so that their names may be blotted out of the general church record of names.
27 All members removing from the church where they reside if going to a church where they are not known may take a letter certifying that they are regular members and in good standing, which certificate may be signed by any elder or priest if the member is personally acquainted with the elder or priest or it may be signed by the teachers or deacons of the church.
Having finished the translation we went to Wayne Co. N.Y. and secured the copy right and engaged Mr. to print 5000 copies for the sum of three thousand dollars.
I wish to mention here that the title page of the book of Mormon is a literal translation taken from the last leaf on the left hand side of the collection of plates which contained the record that has been translated. The language of the whole running the same as all Hebrew writings writings; and that said title page is not a modern composition. Therefore in order to correct an error which generally exists concerning it I give below that part of the title page which is a genuine and literal translation of the title page of the book of Mormon recorded on the plates [p. 60]
The Book of Mormon an account written by the hand of Mormon upon plates taken from the plates of Nephi
o [blank] Wherefore [it] is an abridgement of the record of the people of Nephi and also of the Lamenites written to the Lamenites who are a remnant of the house of Israel and also to Jew and Gentile written by way of commandment and also by the spirit of prophecy and of Revelation. Written and sealed up and hid up unto the Lord that they might not be destroyed to come forth by the gift and power of God unto the interpretation thereof sealed by the hand of Maroni and hid up unto the Lord to come forth in due time by the way of Gentile. The interpretation thereof by the gift of God
An abridgement taken from the book of Ether also which is a record of the people of Jared who were scattered at the time the Lord confounded the languages of the people when they were building a tower to get to heaven, which is to shew unto the remnant of the house of Israel what great things the Lord hath done for their fathers and that they knew the covenants of the Lord that they are not cast off forever and also to the convincing of the Jews and Gentile that Jesus is the Christ the eternal God manifesting himself unto all nations. And now if there are faults they are the mistakes of men wherefore condemn not the works <​things​> of God that ye may be found spotless at the judgement seat
The remainder of the title page is of course modern.
A commandment of God and not of man to given ( New York March 1830) [p. 61]
by him who is eternal
1 I am Alpha and Omega, Christ the Lord; yea, even I am he, the beginning and the Redeemer of the world. I, having accomplished and finished the will whose I am, even the Father concerning me; having done this, that I might subdue all things unto myself, retaining all power, even to the destroying of Satan, and his works at the end of the world, and the last great day of judgment; which I shall pass upon the inhabitants thereof, judging every man according to his works, and the deeds which he hath done. And surely every man must repent or suffer, for I God am endless; wherefore I revoke not the judgments which I shall pass. Woes shall go forth, weeping, wailing, and gnashing of teeth: yea, to those who are found on my left hand. Nevertheless, it is not written that there shall be no end to this torment, but is written endless torment.
2 Again, it is written eternal damnation; wherefore it is more express than other scriptures, that it might work upon the hearts of the children of men, altogether for my names Glory: Wherefore, I will explain unto you this mystery, for it is meet unto you to know, even as mine apostles. I speak unto you that are chosen in this thing, even as one that you may enter into my rest. For behold the mystery of Godliness how great is it for behold I am endless and the punishment which is given from my hand is endless punishment for endless is my name wherefore eternal punishment is Gods. punishment Endless punishment is Gods. punishment wherefore I command you to repent and keep the commandments which you have received by the hand of my servant Joseph Smith Jr. in my name; and it is by my Almighty [p. 62]
power that you have received them therefore I command you to repent, repent lest I smite you by the rod of my mouth and by my wrath and by my anger and your sufferings be sore how sore you know not how exquisite you know not yea how hard to bear you know not For behold I God have suffered these things for all that they might not suffer if they would repent but if they would not repent they must suffer even as I: which suffering caused myself even God the greatest of all to tremble because of pain and to bleed at every pore and to suffer both body and spirit and would that I might not drink the bitter cup and shrink: nevertheless glory be to the Father and I partook and finished my preparations unto the children of men wherefore I command you again to repent lest I humble you by my almighty power and that you confess your sins lest you suffer these punishments of which I have spoken of which in the smallest yea, even in the least degree you have tasted at the time I withdrew my spirit. And I command you that you preach nought but repentance and show not these things unto the world until it is wisdom in me for they cannot bear meat now but milk they must receive wherefore they must not know these things lest they perish: learn of me and listen to my words walk in the meekness of my spirit and ye you shall receive peace in me. I am Jesus Christ. I came by the will of the Father, and I do his hiswill
3 And again I command thee that thou shalt not covet thy neighbour’s life: And again I say unto thee thou shalt not covet thine own property but impart it freely to the printing of the book of [p. 63]
Mormon which contains the truth and the word of God which is my word to the Gentiles. that soon it may go to the Jews of whom the Lamenites are a remnant that they may believe the gospel and look not for a Messiah to come who has already come
4 And again I command thee that thou shalt pray vocally as well as in thy heart yea before the world as well as in secret in publick as well as in private. And thou shalt declare glad tidings yea publish it upon the mountains and upon every high place and among every people that thou shalt be permitted to see. And thou shalt do it with all humility trusting in me reviling not against revilers. And of tenets thou shalt not talk, but thou shalt declare repentance and faith on the Savior and remission of Sins by baptism and by fire yea even the Holy Ghost.
5 Behold this is a great and the last commandments which I shall give unto you concerning this matter for this shall suffice for thy daily walk even unto the end of thy life. And misery thou shalt receive if thou wilt slight these counsels yea even destruction of thyself and property. Impart a portion of thy property yea even part with thy lands and all save the support of thy family. Pay the debt thou hast contracted with the printer. Release thyself from bondage. Leave thy house and home except when thou shalt desire to see thy family. And speak freely to all: yea preach exhort declare the truth even with a loud voice, with a sound of rejoicing crying hosanna! hosanna! blessed be the name of the Lord [p. 64]
6 Pray always and I will pour out my spirit upon you and great shall be your blessing yea even more than if you should obtain treasures of earth and corruptableness to the extent thereof.
Behold canst thou read this without rejoicing and lifting up thy heart for gladness or canst thou run about longer as a blind guide or canst thou be humble and meek and conduct thyself wisely before me Yea come unto me thy Savior Amen.
We still continued while the book of Mormon was in the hands of the to bear testimony of the truth of the gospel delivered to us as opportunity presented. On tuesday the sixth day of April 1830. we met at the house of for the purpose of organizing the church of Christ according to commandment. Having commenced with solemn prayer to our heavenly Father we proceeded (according to previous commandment) to call on our bretheren in order to ascertain if we would be accepted by them as their teachers in things pertaining to the kingdom of God; and were willing to be organized as a church according to the commandments that we had received. To these they unanimously consented.
I then laid my hand upon and ordained him an elder of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, and immediately afterwards he ordained me to the office of an elder of the same church.
We then laid our hands upon each member [p. 65]
We then took bread blessed and broke it with them, then took wine blessed and drank it with them. We then laid our hands on each member of the church present for the reception of Holy Ghost and to confirm them members of the Church of Christ.
The Holy Ghost was poured out upon us to a very great degree insomuch that some prophesied whilst all praised the Lord and rejoiced exceedingly. Before we separated I received the following commandment April 6th 1830.
1. Behold there shall be a record kept among you and in it thou shalt be called a seer a translator a prophet an apostle of Jesus Christ an elder of the church through the will of God the Father and the grace of your Lord Jesus Christ, being inspired of the Holy Ghost to lay the foundation thereof and to build it up unto the most holy faith, which church was organized and established in the year of your Lord eighteen hundred and thirty in the fourth month and on the sixth day of the month which is called April
2 Wherefore (meaning the church) thou shalt give heed unto all his words and commandments which he shall give unto you as he receiveth them walking in all holiness before me for his word ye shall receive as if from mine own mouth in all patience and faith for by doing these things the gates of hell shall not prevail against you: yea and the Lord God will disperse the powers of darkness from before you and cause the heavens to shake for your good and his [p. 66]
name’s glory— For thus saith the Lord God, him have I inspired to move the cause of Zion in mighty power for good and his diligence I know and his prayers I have heard yea his weeping for Zion I have seen and I will cause that he shall mourn for her no longer for his days of rejoicing are come unto the remission of his sins and the manifestations of my blessings upon his works
3 For behold I bless all those who labor in my vineyard with a mighty blessing and they shall believe on his words which are given him through me by the Comfoter which manifesteth that Jesus was crucified by sinful men for the sins of the world yea for the remission of sins unto the contrite heart Wherefore it behooveth me that he should be ordained by you () mine apostle this being an ordinance unto you that you are an elder under his hand he being the first unto you that you might be an elder unto the Church of Christ bearing my name and the first preacher of this church unto the church and before the world yea before the Gentiles: yea and thus saith the Lord God lo lo to the Jews also Amen
Accordingly we proceeded to ordain several of the bretheren— to different offices of the priesthood as the spirit revealed to us. We here obtained a witness of the blessings and power of the Holy Ghost bestowed upon us through the grace of God and several persons became convinced of the truth and were afterwards baptized, among whom were my and and we obtained the consolation that we were members of the Church of Jesus Christ organized in accordance with the commandments of God and acknowledged by him [to] be the same as that instituted [p. 67] by Jesus Christ while upon the earth. Some time afterwards in the same month (being the month of April) I receivd the following Revelation given at N. Y. in consequence of some desiring to unite with the Church, without rebaptism
1 Behold I say unto you that all old covenants have I caused to [be] done away in this thing and this is a new and an everlasting covenant even that which was from the beginning.— Wherefore although a man should be baptized a hundred times it availeth him nothing; for you cannot enter in at the straight gate by the law of Moses neither by your dead works for it is because of your dead works that I have caused this last covenant and this church to be built up unto me even as in days of old.
Wherefore enter ye in at the straight gate as I have commanded and seek not to counsel your God Amen
At the same time and being anxious to know their respective duties respecting this work I inquired of the Lord and received for them the following Revelation
1 Behold I speak unto you a few words behold thou art blessed and art under no condemnation. Beware of pride lest thou shouldst enter into temptation. Make known thy calling unto the Church and also before the world; and thy heart shall be opened to preach the truth from henceforth and forever Amen [p. 68]
2 Behold I speak unto you a few words for thou also art under no condemnation and thy heart is opened and thy tongue loosed and thy calling is to exhortation and to strengthen the church continually Wherefore thy duty is unto the church forever and this because of thy family Amen
3 Behold I speak a few words unto you for thou also art under no condemnation and thy calling is to exhortation and to strengthen the church. And thou art not as yet called to preach before the world Amen
4 Behold I speak a few words unto you for thou also art under no condemnation and thy calling also is to exhortation and to strengthen the church. And this is thy duty from henceforth and forever Amen
5 Behold I manifest unto you by these words that you must take up your cross in the which you most [must] pray vocally before the world as well as in secret and in your family and among your friends and in all places—
And behold it is your duty to unite with the true church and give your language to exhortation continually that you may receive the reward of the laborer Amen
On sunday April 11th. 1830 we held a meeting at the house of when delivered the first sermon ever preached by any of us. Many people were present and the following persons were baptized, viz. [,] Katharine [Catherine Whitmer] Page[,] , Anne [Schott] Whitmer[,] [,] Elizabeth [Schott] Whitmer, and on sunday following [,] and Elizabeth, Ann Whitmer were also baptized— During this month I paid a visit to Mr. of [p. 69] Broom[e] County N.Y. with whom I had previously been acquainted and of whom I have before spoken.
and family were universalists but were willing to reason with me and receive the truth when made known to them. We held several meetings in the neighbourhood where we soon found many friends and a few enemies. Our meetings were well attended and many began to pray to Almighty God for wisdom to understand the truth; one of these was <​son of ​> Knights with whom I had many serious conversations on the important subject of mens. eternal salvation. We were in the habit of praying much at our meetings and had become convinced that it was his duty to take up his cross which he avowed a determination to do, but when we again met he excused himself by saying he would wait until he could retire to the woods and then he would pray. On the following morning he retired to the grove where he made several attempts to pray but could not do so feeling that he had neglected his duty on the previous evening. On his return to the house his appearance was such as to very much alarm his ; having requested his to bring me to him I went and found him suffering very much in mind, and his body acted upon in a very strange manner his face and limbs distorted and twisted into almost every shape possible and he was raised from the floor by the spirit which possessed him and tossed about the room in a most fearful manner. His neighbours were immediately made acquainted with his [p. 70] situation and came to witness this singular scene.
After he had thus suffered some time I succeeded in getting hold of his hand when immediately he requested me to cast the Devil out of him saying he knew the Devil was in him and that I could cast him out. I replied if you know that I can it shall be done and almost unconsciously I rebuked the Devil and commanded him in the name of Jesus Christ to depart from him and immediately spoke and said that he saw the Devil vanish from his sight.
This was the first miracle performed in this church and this was done not by man or the power of man but by the power of God therefore let the glory be asscribed to him. The scene was now entirely changed. His countenance became natural his distortion of body ceased and the spirit of the Lord descended upon him and the visions of eternity were opened to his view. He afterwards gave us the following relation.
I now began to feel a most pleasing sensation resting upon me and immediately the visions of heaven were opened to my view. I felt myself attracted upwards and remained some time enwrapt in contemplation insomuch that I knew not what was going on in the room. By and by I felt some weight pressing upon my shoulder and the side of my head which served to recall me to a sense of my situation. I found that the spirit of the Lord had actually caught me up off of the floor and that my shoulder and head were pressing against the beams. This manifestion of the power of [p. 71] of God was witnessed by many to their gr[e]at astonishment and satisfaction And as may be expected influenced them to becom the members of the church of Christ.
Soon after this occurrence I returned to where I found that the <​appe​> book of Mormon appearance of the book of Mormon “(The stick of Joseph in the hands of Ephraim”) had created great opposition and persecution to the believers in its authenticity. But truth had sprung out of the earth righteousness had looked down from heaven consequently we feared none of our opponents and continued to preach and give information to such as desired. During the last of May came and was baptized by . On the first day of June 1830 we held our conference as an organized church which consisted of about thirty members besides others who attended for the purpose of obtaining a knowledge of our doctrine. Having opened by prayer, and sung an appropriate hymn we partook of the emblems of the body and blood of our Lord Jesus Christ
We then proceeded to confirm those who had recently been baptized and ordained several to the various offices of the priesthood. Much instruction was given at this time and the Holy Ghost in a miraculous manner was poured out upon us. Some prophecied, whilst others had the heavens opened to their view and were so overcome by what had just occurred that we were under the necessity of laying them on beds or other suitable places convenient places. Among whom was [p. 72] brther . From him we afterwards learned that he felt no weakness but that his heart was filled with love when suddenly a visision of futurity opened to his view. He saw heaven opened and beheld Jesus Christ seated at the right hand of the Majesty on high; and it was manifested to him that he should be permitted to enter into his presence and enjoy his society for ever and ever. Such scenes as these were calculated to inspire our hearts with joy and awe for that Almighty Being who in his great wisdom had called us to be instruments by which he would bestow upon this generation in these last days the inestimable blessing of the gospel preached in its fullness. Shortly after conference baptized the following persons in Sineca Lake, Viz.
, and . Shortly after I (accompanied by my ) and again visited where we found a number believing the gospel and anxious to obey. We appointed a meeting for the following Sabbath <​and on the afternoon​> of Saturday erected a dam acr[o]ss a small stream of water for purpose of attending to the ordinance of baptism but during the night a mob collected and tore down the dam which thwarted our intentions.
We afterwards learned that this mob had been influenced by certain sectarian priests who fearing that their craft was in jeopardy, pursued this unhallowed course to stop the progress of truth
Agreeably to appointment, on the sabbath preached, and we bore testimony [p. 73] of the truth of book of Mormon the doctrine of repentance for the remission of sins and laying on of hands for the gift of the Holy Ghost &c &c
Among the many present at this meeting was one , Sister of ’s who became convinced of the truth by us. Short time previous to which the Rev. [John] Shearer who considered himself her pastor made her a visit and endeavored to prevail upon her to leave her ’s house and go with him to her father’s house who lived several miles from ’s. To effect this he resorted to stratagem saying that her brother was waiting at a certain place for her to accompany him home After going a short distance she discovered his falshood and After goin refused to go any further
Upon this he laid hold of her to compel her to go with him but with the assistance of her she forced him to desist nothing daunted however he went to her father and by misrepresentation induced the old gentleman to give him power of attorney which he served on her person at the close of our meeting on the sabbath of which we have spoken and carried her away against her will. All his labor was in vain for in a short time she was baptized and confirmed a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. Early on the following morning we repaired the dam and baptized the following persons, To Wit, , and Wife, and wife[,] and [,] [,] and [,] Levi Hale [Hall][,] and . Before he had finished the mob began to collect and shortly after we had retired, amounted to upwards of fifty men. [p. 74] They surrounded the house of (where we were) raging with anger some asking us questions others threatning us so that we thought it wise to leave and seek safety in the house of Here they followed us and it was on<​ly​> by the exercise of prudence and a reliance upon God that they were kept from laying violent hands upon us yet we could not escape their taunts and insults. We met on <​during​> the evening of this day to confirm those who had been baptized when our friends had nearly collected, to my surprize I was arrested by a constable on charge of being a disorderly person and setting the country in an uproar by preaching the book of Mormon &c &c. The constable informed me that it was the intention of those who obtained the warrant to place me in the hands of the mob who were in ambush at a short distance from ’s but that he would thwart them in their intentions as he found me a different person from what he expected and that my calumniators had done me great injustice. This <​I​> found to be true for we had gone but a short distance when the waggon in which we were riding was surrounded by the mob who that only waited for a preconcerted signal from the constable but to their disappointment and my satisfaction he put whip to his horse thus placing me out of their reach he drove on to the town of South Bainbridge where he lodged me for the time being in the a room of the Hotel and to make all things secure he slept during the night on the floor (while I occupied the bed) with his feet against the floor door and a loaded gun at his side declaring that no person should unlawfully disturb us with [p. 75] impunity. On the following day a court was convened to investigate the charges prefered [against] me
The falshoods circulated by my enemies caused great excitement among the people. In the meantime had secured the services of and (respectable farmers men of well known integrity and well versed in the laws of thir country) to assist me.
At length the trial commenced amidst a multitude of spectaters who generally believed me to be guilty and were anxious to see me punished. One of the many witnesses called up against me was Mr. (of whom I have heretofore spoken) who was examined as follows.
Question, Did not the prisoner Joseph Smith have a horse of you
Ans Yes
Ques Did not he go to you and tell you that an angel had appeared unto him and authorized him to get the horse from you
Ans No, He told me no such story
Ques Well how had he the horse of you
Ans He bought it of me as another man would do
Qus Have you had your pay
Ans That is not your business. The question being put the witness replied I hold his note for the price of the horse which I consider as good as the pay for I am well acquainted with Joseph Smith Jr. I know him to be an honest man and if he wishes I am ready to let him have another horse on the same terms. [p. 76] Mr. Jonathan Thompson was next called and examined
Ques Has not the prisoner Joseph Smith Jr. had a yoke of oxen of you
Ans Yes
Ques Did he not obtain of you them of you by telling you that he had a revelation to this effect that he must have them
Ans No he did not mention a word of the kind concerning the oxen he purchased them the same as any other man would
After a few more such attempts the court was detained some time to obtain the testimony of two young ladies (daughters of ) with whom I had associated previous to my marriage
They arrived and testified that I had always treated them with respect in society as well as when out of it Several attempts were now made to prove things which were said to have been committed in another County but my Lawyers ( and ) would not permit such a mode of proceedure as this and while those of the prosecution were contending for the admission of such testimony my persecutors had time to obtain a Warrant from , which was served upon my person as soon as this court had acquitted me
The Constable who served this second warrant immediately commenced abusing me and insulting me and although I had ate nothing since morning having been detained in Court during the day yet he hurried me off to a distance of fifteen miles without permitting me to eat any thing. He took me to a tavern and having collected a number of men commenced abusing me in every way possible. they spit upon me pointed their fingers at me saying “prophecy prophecy” and thus did they follow the example of those [p. 77] who crucified our Savior not knowing what they did.
We were at this time not far distant from my own house and I wished to spend the night with my family off offering any amount of security for my appearance they could ask for but this was denied me with threats and taunts. On asking for food the constable ordered some crusts of bread and cold water which was the only sustenance I received that night
Atlength we retired to bed directing me to lie to the wall and placing himself by my side put his arm around me and if I moved he would clinch me fast fearing that I would escape and in this disagreeable night manner I spent the night
Next day I was brought before the Magistrates. Court of and put upon my trial. My former faithful friends again appeared at the bar in my behalf while my former enemies were still arrayed against me. Many witnesses were examined and some of whom swore to the most palpable falsehoods and like those of the day previous contradicted themselves so often and so pointedly that the court was compeled to see the intrigue and injustice <​of my​> persecutors and influenced it to prohibit the admittance of their testimony. Others evinced their zeal and desire to convict me of some thing but all they could do was to tell something that other persons had said
At length s was examined by assisted by one who had been especially sent for on this occasion and he () being the more zealous Sectarian of the two seemed determined to put a stop to my preaching of the gospel of Jesus Christ and that the people should not be deluded by one who believed in the power of Godliness and not denying the power thereof. As soon as s had been sworn proceeded to examine him as follows [p. 78]
Ques Did the prisoner Joseph Smith Jr. cast the Devil out of you
Ans No Sir
Q Why have you not had the Devil cast out of you
A Yes Sir
Q And did not Jo. Smith have some hand in it
A Yes Sir
Q And did not he cast him out of you
A No Sir it was done by the power of God and Joseph Smith Jr. was the instrument in the hands of God on the occasion He commanded him out of me in the name of Jesus Christ
Q And are you sure it was the Devil
Ans Yes Sir
Q Did you see him after he was cast out of you
A Yes Sir I saw him
Q What did Pray what did he look like
Here one of my Lawyers told the witness that he need not answer the question
The witness replied I will answer provided you answer one question . . to wit, Do you understand the things of the Spirit. No (answered ) Well then it would be of no use to tell you what the Devil looked like for it was a spir[it]ually sight and spir[it]ually discerned and of course you could not understand it were I to tell of it
The dropped his head while the loud laugh of the audience proclaimed his discomforture discomfeiture
proceeded to address the court and in a long and violent harangue endeavored to blacken my character and influence the court to pronounce me guilty
Messrs and followed in my behalf. They presented in true colors the nature of the prosecution the malignancy of the intention and the apparent disposition to persecute the defendant rather than afford him justice. They noticed the [p. 79] the arguments of the prosecution and in a masterly and able manner convinced the court of thire utter futility and inapplicability inapplication
They then proceeded to scrutinize the testimony and each thanked God that he was engaged in such a good cause inasmuch as they were defending a man whose character stood the test of such a strict examination.
In fact these men although not regular Lawyers were able to put to silence two able Lawyers and convince the court of the innocense of their client. They spoke like men inspired from on high and those arrayed against me trembled and quailed before them like criminals at the bar of justice
The majority of the multitud now began to find that nothing could be sustained against me and even the constable who arrested me came and apologised, asking my forgivness for the wrongs he had done me.
He informed me that the mob were determined, if the court acquitted me to take justice into their own hands or in other words tar and feather and ride me on a rail but that he would lead me out in safety by a private way.
I was at length acquitted by the court to the great satisfaction of my friends and disappointment of my enemies. Through the instrumentality of my new friend the constable I escaped the hands of a ruthless and cowardly mob and arrived safely at my home. In this transaction talent as well as civil and moral power aided by physical force were brought in array against me to blast my reputation and a member of society— to convince community of the falsity and dangerous tendencies of the doctrines I taught yet the results were such as to convince the publick that I sustained an unimpeachable moral character and the honest in heart that I was no fanatick that my doctrines were those of the Apostles and ancient christians [p. 80] After a few days I again returned to in company with for the purpose of confirming those whom we had been compelled to abandon for a time
We had sca[r]cely arrived at when the mob commenced gathering together to oppose us and we thought it wisdom to leave the place which we did without even taking refreshment of any kind. Our enemies pursued us and it was with much difficulty that we eluded them and arrived at home after travelling almost all night
How long shall men be persecuted on account of their religious faith in a country the constitution of which guarantees to every man the right [to] worship God according to the dictates of their own conscience and by men too who profess to be servants of the most High who are not backward to assert their own rights yet with avidity and eagerness deprive others of the rights of conscience. For instance a Presbyterian of high standing was one of the principal instigators of this persecution who told me he considered me guilty without Judge or jury. The celebrated also a Presbyterian was another instigator of these deeds of violence. And a young man by the name of of the same denomination impiously swore out the first warrant against me.
But during all this persecution and rage of our enemies we had much to console and strengthen us in our faith The church at were very anxious that we should again visit them and (wife of ) had a dream which enabled her to say that we would visit them that day which actually came to pass for, <​in​> a few hours <​afterwards​> after, we arrived. This circumstance served to confirm us in our faith concerning dreams and visions in the last days as foretold by the Prophet Joel. And although we were compelld to fly from our enemies yet we felt confident that we should come off victorious [p. 81] for we were not fighting our own battls but were fighting [those of] the Great I Am Shortly after our return home we received the following commandments July 1830
1 Behold thou wast called and chosen to write the Book of Mormon and to my ministry and I have lifted thee up out of thine afflictions and have counseled thee that thou hast been delivered from all thine enemies and thou hast been delivered from the powers of Satan and from darkness Nevertheless thou art not excusable in thy transgressions nevertheless go thy way and sin no more
2 Magnify thine office and after thou hast sown the fields and secured them go quickly unto the Chuch which is in and and they shall support thee and I will bless them both spiritually and temporally but if they receive thee not I will send upon them a cursing instead of a blessing
3 And thou shalt continue in calling upon God in my name and writing the things which shall be given thee by the comfoter and expounding all scriptures unto the church and it shall be given thee in the very moment what thou shalt say and write and th[e]y shall hear it or I will send unto them a cursing instead of a blessing
4 For thou shalt devote all thy service in Zion and in this thou shalt have strength. Be patient in afflictions for thou shalt have many: but endure them for lo I am with you even unto the end of thy days. And in temporal labors thou shalt not have strength for this is not thy calling and thou shalt have where with to magnify thine office and to expound all scripture and continue in laying on of the hands and confirming the Churches
5 And thy brother shall continue in bearing my name before the world and also to the Church. And he shall not suppose that he can [p. 82]
say enough in my cause and lo I am with him to the end In me he shall have glory and not of himself whether in weakness or in strength whether in bonds or free And at all times, in all places he shall open his mouth and declare my gospel as with the voice of a trump both day and night and I will give unto him strength such as is not known among men
6 Require not miracles except I shall command you except casting out Devils healing the sick and against poisonous serpents and against deadly poisons and these things ye shall not do except it be required of thee you by those who desire it that the scriptures might be fulfilled for ye shall do according to that which is written and into whatsoever place ye shall enter and they receive you not in my name ye shall leave a cursing instead of a blessing by casting off the dust of your feet against them as a testimony and cleansing your feet by the wayside
7 And it shall come to pass that whosoever shall lay their hands upon you in violence ye shall command to be smitten in my name and behold I will smite them according to your words in mine own due time. And whosoever shall go to law with thee shall be cursed by the law. And thou shalt take no purse no[r] scrip nither neither staves neither two coats for the church shall give thee in the very hour [what thou] needest for food and for raiment and for shoes and for money and for scrip. For thou art called to prune my vineyard with a mighty pruning yea even for the last time. Yea and also all those whom thou hast ordained. And they shall do even according to this pattern. Amen
Shortly after we received the following Revelation July 1830 [p. 83]
1 Harken unto the voice of the Lord your God while I speak unto you my daughter for verily I say unto you all those who receive my gospel are sons and daughters in my Kingdom
A Revelation I give unto you concerning my will and if thou art faithful and walk in the paths of virtue before me I will preserve thy life and thou shalt receive an inheritance in Zion. Behold thy sins are forgiven thee and thou art an elect Lady whom I have called.
Murmur not because of the things which thou hast not seen for they are withheld from thee and from the world which is wisdom in me in a time to come
2 And the office of thy calling shall be for a comfort unto my servant Joseph Smith Jr. thy husband in his afflictions with consoling words in the Spirit of meekness. And thou shalt go with him at the time of his going and be unto him <​for​> a scribe while there is none to be a scribe for him that I may send my servant whithersoever I will. And thou shalt be ordained under his hand to expound scriptures and to exhort the church according as it shall be given thee by my Spirit for he shall lay his hands upon thee and thou shalt receive the Holy Ghost and thy time shall be given to writing and learning much. And thou needst not fear for thy husband shall support thee in the church: for unto them is his calling that all things might be revealed unto them whatsoever I will according to their faith
3 And verily I say unto thee that thou shalt lay aside the things of this world and seek for the things of a better. And it shall be given thee also to make a selection of sacred hyms as it shall be given the[e] which is pleasing unto me to [be] had in [p. 84]
my church for my soul delighteth in the song of the heart yea the song of the righteous is a prayer unto me and it shall be answered with a blessing upon their heads wherefore lift up thy heart and rejoice and cleave unto the covenant which thou hast made
4 Continue in the spirit of meekness and beware of pride. Let thy soul delight in thy husband and the glory which shall come upon thee him. Keep my commandments continually and a crown of righteousness thou shalt receive. And except thou do this where I am thou canst not come
And verily verily I say unto you that this is my voice unto all Amen
During the same month the following revelation was given to Joseph Smith Jr. and
1 Behold I say unto you that you shall let your time be devoted to the studying of the scriptures and to preaching and to confirming the Church at and to performing your labors on the land such as is required until I after you shall go to the west to hold the next conference and then it shall be made known what you shall do.
And all things shall be done by common consent in the Church by much prayer and faith Amen
After we had received the above revelation I commenced arranging and copying the revelations which had been given us in which I was assisted by who now resided with me. Whilst thus engaged I received a letter from who had returned to ’s which caused me much pain and anxiety. I can only give my readers an extract of the contents as the letter is now lost. He wrote to inform me that he [p. 85] had discovered an error in one of the commandments See Book of doctrine and covenants Sect. 2 Part 7. See also this History Page 56 [“]and truly manifest by their works that they have received of the Spirit of Christ unto the remission of their sins.[”] This quotation he said was incorrect and added. “I command you in the name of God to erase those words that no priest craft be among us”
I immediately wrote him in reply asking by what authority he commanded me to alter or erase to add to or diminish from any commandment or revelation from Almighty God
In a few days I visited him and found that and family had imbibed the same opinion and it was with great difficulty that I could convince any of them that the doctrine contained in the senteance was in strict accordance with those of the scriptures and was in fact a revelation from God At length became Convinced that this was the case and by his assistance succeeded in convincing the remainder of the family and confessed his error. We drew a lesson from this calculated to teach us the necessity of humility and prayer that he would teach us his ways and that we should not decide in rashness rashly or <​in​> haste
Early in August and visited me in Pa. and as neither his nor mine had been confirmed it was proposed that before our visit come to a close we should attend to that ordinance as well as that of administering the sacrament.
Accordingly I started to a neighbors. house to obtain wine but had not gone but a short distance when I was met by a heavenly [p. 86] Messenger who gave me the following Revelation
1 Listen to the voice of Jesus Christ your Lord and your God and your Redeemer whose word is quick and powerful For behold I say unto you that it mattereth not what ye shall eat or what ye shall drink when ye partake of the sacrament if it so be that ye do it with an eye single to my glory remembering unto the Father my body which was laid down for you and my blood which was shed for the remission of your sins wherefore a commandment I give unto you that you shall not purchase wine neither strong drink of your enemies wherefore ye shall partake of none except it be made new among you yea in this way my Fathers. Kingdom which shall be built upon the earth
2 Behold this is wisdom in me wherefore marvel not for the hour cometh that I will drink of the fruit of the vine with you on the earth and with Maroni Moroni whom I have sent unto you to reveal the book of Mormon containing the fullness of my everlasting gospel to whom I have committed the Keys of the record of the stick of Ephraim and also with Elias to whom I have committed the Keys of bringing to pass the restoration of all things or the return of all things spoken by the mouth by <​of​> all the holy Prop[h]ets since the world began concerning the last days and also John [the son of] Zacharias which Zacharias he (Elias) visited and gave a promise that he should have a son and his name should be John and he should be filled with the spirit of Elias which John I have sent unto you my servant Joseph Smith Jr. and to ordain you unto this first priesthood which you have received that you might be called and ordained even as Aaron and also [p. 87]
Elijah unto whom I have committed the Keys of the power of turning the hearts of the fathers to the children and the hearts of the children to the fathers that the whole earth may not be smitten with a curse and also with Joseph and Jacob and Isaac and Abraham your fathers by whom the promises remain and also with Michael or Adam the father of all the prince of all, the ancient of days
3 And also with Peter and James and John whom I have sent unto you and confirmed you to be apostles and especial witnesses of my name and bear the Keys of your ministry and of the same things which I revealed unto them unto whom I have committed the Keys of my Kingdom and a dispensation of the gospel for the last times and for the fullness of times in which I will gather together in one all things both which are in heaven and which are on earth and also with all those whom my father hath given me out of the world wherefore lift up your hearts and rejoice and gird up your loins and take upon you my whole armour that you may be able to withstand the evil day having done all ye may be able to stand.
Stand therefore having your loins girt about with truth having on the breast plate of righteousness and your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace which I have sent mine angel to commit unto you taking the shield of faith wherewith ye shall be able to quench the firey darts of [the] wicked and take the helmet of salvation and the sword of my spirit which I will pour out upon you and my word which I reveal unto you and be agreed as touching all things whatsoever ye ask of me and be faithful until I come and ye shall be caught up that where I am ye shall be also Amen [p. 88]
In obedience the above command we we made wine from the native grape and after confirming the two sisters partook of the sacrament and spent the evening in praising God and his spirit was poured out upon us in a most glorious manner and we rejoiced in God the rock of our salvation
About this time persecution <​again​> began to show itself and slander with an iron tongue began its work of destruction in the neighborhood where I lived The principal instigator of which was a <​person​> professing to be a minister of God.
This man being informed that my was friendly to the work and knowing that with his influence in my favour I was perfecly safe from all attempts at least to injure my person, paid my a visit and with most shameful falshoods in his mouth influenced the old gentleman against me so that he would no longer promise me protection or countenance my doctrines. Towards the last of August (in company with and and my brother ) to visit the church at . Knowing the Hostility of some of the citizens of that place and having a great desire to see our bretheren there we prayed our heavenly Father to protect us and permit us to visit our friends and return unmolested. Our prayer prevailed much with God for on our arrival in the neighborhood we passed a large company of men a number of whom were our most bitter enemies at work on the publick highway
The[y] looked earnestly at us but not knowing us permitted us to pass unmolested. That evening we collected our friends to gather and confirmed some of them partook of the sacrament and had much cause to thank and praise the God of our salvation and sing Hosanna to his name. Next morning we returned in safety to our homes. [p. 89] A few days afterwards I learned from s who came to visit me that very shortly after we left our enemies collected about his house demanding with much clamor if we were there threatning the bretheren and causing them much uneasiness during all that night day.
having heard of the persecutions which raged in invited us to remove to N.Y. Accordingly removed my family he having his waggon with him. Our friends at evinced much pleasure and satisfacttion when we arrived among them.
To our greaf [great] grief we found that satan had been lying in wait to deceive and seeking whom he might devour even among our friends at .
Bro. had got possession of a stone by which he had obtained several revelations relative to the building up of Zion the order of the Church &c &c all of which were at variance with the order of Gods. house as laid down in the New Testament as well as in our late revelations. I thought it wise to do nothing more than to converse with the bretheren on that subject until conference which was to meet on the first of Sept. following. Finding however that many (especially the Whitmer family and ) were believing the things set forth by this stone we thought it best to inquire of the Lord concerning it and obtained the following revelation
1 Behold I say unto thee that it shall be given unto thee that thou shalt be heard by the church in all things whatsoever thou shalt teach them by the comfo[r]ter concer[n]ing the revelations and commandments which I have given
2 But behold verily verily I say unto thee [p. 90]
no one shall be appointed to receive commandments and revelations in this Church excepting my servant Joseph Smith Jr. for he receiveth them even as Moses and thou shalt be obedient unto the things which I shall give unto him even as Aaron to declare faithfully the commandments and revelations with power and authority unto the Church. And if thou art led at any time by the comfo[r]ter to speak or teach at all times by way of commandment unto the church thou mayest do it. But thou shalt not write by way of commandment but by wisdom
And thou shalt not command him who is thy head and at the head of the church for I have given him the Keys of the mysteries and the revelations which are sealed until I shall appoint unto them another in his stead
3 And now behold I say unto you that you shall go unto the Lamenites and preach my gospel unto them and inasmuch as they receive the teachings thou shalt cause my church to be established among them and thou shalt have revelations but write them not by way of commandment.
And now behold I say unto you that [it] is not revealed and no man knoweth when the city shall be built but it shall be given hereafter.
Behold I say unto you that it shall be on the borders of the Lamenites
4 Thou shalt not leave this place until after conference and my servant be appointed to preside over the conference by the voice of it and what he saith to thee thou shalt tell.
And again thou shalt take thy bro. between him and thee alone and tell him that those things which he hath written from that stone are not of me and that satan deceiveth him for behold these things have not been appointed unto him neither shall any thing be appointed unto [p. 91]
any of this church contrary to the church covenants for all things must be done in order and by common consent in the church by the prayer of faith
5 And thou shalt assist to settle these things according to the covenants of the church before thou shalt take thy journey to among the Lamenites And it shall be given thee from the time <​that​> thou shalt go until the time that thou shalt return what thou shalt do. And thou open thy mouth at all times declaring my gospel with the sound of rejoicing Amen
We received at the same time the following Revelation in the presence of six elders
1 Listen the to the voice of Jesus Christ the great I Am whose arm of mercy hath atoned for your sins who will gather this people even as a hen gathereth her chickens under her wings even as many as will harken unto my voice and humble themselves before me and call upon me in mighty prayer. Behold verily verily I say unto you that at this time your sins are forgiven you therefore you ye receive these things: but remember to sin no more lest perils shall come upon you
2 Verily verily I say unto you that you are chosen out of the world to declare my gospel with the sound of rejoicing as with the voice of a trump: lift up your hearts and be glad, for I am in your midst and am your advocate with the Father and it is his good will to give you the Kingdom and as it is written Whatsoever ye shall ask in faith being united in prayer according to my command ye shall receive and ye are called to bring to pass the gathering of mine elect for mine elect hear my voice and harden not their hearts wherefore the decree hath gone forth from the Father that [p. 92]
they shall be gathered in unto one place upon the face of this land to prepare their heart and be prepared in all things against the day of judgements when tribulations and desolations are sent forth upon the wicked for the hour is nigh and the day soon at hand when the earth is ripe and all the proud and they that do wickedly shall be as stubble and I will burn them up saith the Lord of Hosts that wickedness shall not be on the earth for the hour is nigh and that which was spoken by mine apostles must be fulfilled for as they spake so shall it come to pass for I will reveal myself from heaven with power and great glory with all the hosts thereof and dwell in righteousness with men on earth a thousand years and the wicked shall not stand.
3 And again verily verily I say unto you and it hath gone forth in a firm decree by the will of the Father that mine apostles the twelve that were with me in my ministry at Jerusalem shall stand at my right hand at the day of my coming in a pillar of fire being clothed with robes of righteousness with crowns upon their heads in glory even as I am to judge the whole house of Israel even as ma[n]y as have loved me and kept my commandments and none else for a trump shall sound both long and loud even as upon Mount Sinai and all the earth shall quake and they shall come forth even the dead which died in me to receive a crown of righteousness and to be clothed upon even as I am to be with me that we may be one
4 But behold I say unto you that before this great day shall come the sun shall be darkened and the Moon shall be turned unto blood and the stars shall fall from heaven [p. 93]
and there shall be great signs in the heavens above and in the earth beneath and there shall be weeping and wailing among the hosts of men and there shall be a great hail storm sent forth to destroy the crops of the earth and it shall come to pass because of the wickedness of the world that I will take vengeance upon the wicked for they will not repent for the cup of mine indignation is full for behold [my blood] shall not cleanse them if they hear me not.
5 Wherefore I the Lord God will send forth flies upon the face of the earth which shall take hold of the inhabitants thereof and shall eat their flesh and shall cause maggots to come in upon them and their tongues shall be stayed that they shall not utter against them me and their flesh shall fall off their bones and their eyes from their sockets and it shall come to pass that the bea[s]ts of the forest and the fouls of the air shall devour them up and that great and abominable church which is the whore of all the earth shall be cast down by devouring fire according as it is spoken by the mouth of Ezekiel the prophet who spoke of these things which have not come to pass but surely must as I live for abomination shall not reigh reign
6 And again verily verily I say unto you that when the thousand years are ended and men again begin to deny their God then will I will I spare the earth but for a little season and the end shall come and the heaven and the earth shall be consumed and pass away and there shall be a new heaven and a new earth for all old things shall pass away and all things shall become new even the heaven and the earth and all the fullness thereof both men and beasts the fowls of the air and the fishes of the sea and not one hair neither [p. 94]
mote shall be lost for it is the workmanship of mine hands
7 But behold verily I say unto you before the earth shall pass away Michael mine Archangle shall sound his trump and then shall all the dead awake for their graves shall be opened and they shall come forth yea even all and the righteous shall be gathered on my right hand unto eternal life and the wicked on my left hand will I be ashamed to own before the Father Wherefore I will say unto them depart from me ye cursed into everlasting fire prepared for the Devil and his angels
8 And now behold I say unto you never at any time have I declared at any time from mine own mouth that they should return for where I am they cannot come for they have no power. But remember that all my judgements are not given unto men and as the words have gone forth out of my mouth even so shall they be fulfilled that the first shall be last and the last shall be first in all things whatsoever I have created by the word of my power which is the power of my spirit for by the power of my spirit created I them yea all things both temporal spiritual and temporal firstly spiritual secondly temporal which is the beginning of my work. And again firstly temporal and secondly spiritual which is the last of my work speaking unto you that you may naturally understand but unto myself my works have no end neither beginning but it is given unto you that ye may understand because ye have asked it of me and are agreed
9 Wherefore verily I say unto you that all things unto me are spiritual and not at any time have I given a law which was temporal neither any man nor the children of men neither Adam your father whom I created. Behold I gave unto him that he should be an agent unto himself and I gave unto him a commandment but as [no] temp [p. 95]
oral commandment gave I unto him for my commandments are spiritual they are not natural nor temporal neither carnal nor sensual
10 And it came to pass that Adam being tempted of the Devil for behold the Devil was before Adam for he rebelled against me saying give me “Give me thine honor” which is my power and also a third part of the hosts of heaven turned he away from me because of their agency and they were thrust down and thus came the Devil and his angels. And behold there is a place prepared for them from the beginning which place is Hell and it must must needs be that the Devil should tempt the children of men or they could not be agents agents unto themselves for if they neve[r] should have bitter they could not know the sweet
11 Wherefore it cam[e] to pass that the Devil tempted Adam and he partook the forbidden fruit and transgressed the commandments wherein he became subject to the will of the Devil because he yielded unto tempation Wherefore I the Lord God caused that he should be cast out of from the garden of Eden from my presence because of his transgression wherein he became spiritually dead which is the last death which is spiritual which shall be pronounced upon the wicked when I shall say depart ye cursed
12 But behold I say unto you that I the Lord God gave unto Adam and unto his seed that they should not die as to the temporal death until I the Lord God should send forth angels to declare unto them repentance and redemption through faith on the name of mine only begotten son And thus did I the Lord God appoint unto man the days of his probation that by his [p. 96]
natural death he might be raised in immortality in <​unto​> eternal life even as many as would believe. And they that believe not unto eternal damnation for they cannot be redeemed from their spiritual fall because they repent not for they will love darkness rather than light and their deeds are evil and they receive their wages of whom they list to obey
13 But behold I say unto you that little children are redeemed from the foundation of the world through mine only begotten wherefore they cannot sin for power is not given unto satan to tempt little childrens until they begin to become accountable before me for it is given unto them even as I will according to mine own pleasure that great things may be required at the hands of their fathers.
14 And again I say unto you that whoso having knowledge have I not commanded to repent and he that hath not no understanding it remaineth in me to do according as it is written. And now I declare no more unto you at this time Amen
This was sufficient to influence those who had believed in the virtue of the stone to abandon it and all things connected with it and when conference convened we met together united in sentiment and partook of the sacrament together in love and fellowship.
At this conference we ordained many to the ministry and confirmed several in their faith. Before we parted we receivd the following Revelation.
To and
1 Behold I say unto you that you have feared man and not relied on me for strength as you ought but your mind has been on the things [p. 97]
of the earth more than on the things of me your Maker and the ministry whereunto you have been called and you have not given heed unto my spirit and to those who were set over you but have been pursuaded by those whom I have not commanded wherefore you are left to inquire forself at my hand and ponder upon the things which you have received
And you[r] home shall be at your ’s house until I give unto you further commandments and you shall attend to the ministry in the church and before the world and in the regions around about Amen
2 Behold I say unto you that you shall take your journey with your brother for the time has come that it is expedient in me that you shall open your mouth to declare my gospel therefore fear not but give heed unto the words and advice of your brother which he shall give you. And be you afflicted in his afflictions ever lifting up your heart unto me in prayer and faith for his and your deliverance for I have have given unto him power to build up my church among the Lamenites and none have I appointed to be his counsellor over him in the church concerning Church matters except it be his brother Joseph Smith Jr.. Wherefore give heed unto these things and be diligent in keeping my commandments and you shall be blessed unto eternal life Amen
3 Behold I say unto you my servant that thou shalt commence from this time forth to proclaim my gospel as with the voice of a trump. And your labor shall be at your brother and in that region round about yea wherever you can be heard until I command you to go from hence. And your whole labor shall [p. 98]
be in Zion with all your soul from henceforth yea you shall ever open your mouth in my cause not fearing what man can do for I am with you Amen.
At the same time and place we received the following for
1 My Son blessed [are] you because of your faith in my work. Behold you have had many afflictions on account of your family nevertheless I will bless you and your family yea your little ones and the day cometh that they will believe and know the truth and be one with you in my church
2 Lift up your heart and rejoice for the hour of your mission is come and your tongue shall be loosed and you shall declare glad tidings of great joy unto this generation You shall declare the things which have been revealed to my servant Joseph Smith Jr. You shall begin to preach from this time forth yea to reap in the field, which is white already to be burned, Therefore thrust in your sickle with all your soul and your sins are forgiven you and you shall be laden with sheaves upon your back for the laborer is worthy of his hire
Wherefore your family shall live
3 Behold verily I say unto you go from there <​them​> only a little while time and declare my word and I will prepare a place for them yea I will open the hearts of the people and they will receive you
And I will establish a church by your hands and you shall strengthen them and prepare them against the time when they shall be gathered. Be patient in afflictions revile not against those that revile. Govern your house in meekness and be steadfast
4 Behold I say unto you that you shall be [p. 99]
a physician unto the church but not unto the world for they will not receive you.
Go your way whithersoever I will and it shall be given you by the comfoter what you shall do and whither you shall go. Pray always lest you enter into temptation and loose your reward. Be faithful unto the end and lo I am with you these words are not of man or of men but of me even Jesus Christ your Redeemer by the will of the Father. Amen [p. 100]