Appendix: Orson Pratt, A[n] Interesting Account of Several Remarkable Visions, 1840

  • Source Note
  • Historical Introduction
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AND ALSO THE TESTIMONY OF EIGHT WITNESSES.
“Be it known unto all nations, kindreds, tongues, and people,  unto whom this work shall come, that Joseph Smith, Jr. the trans lator of this work, has shown unto us the plates of which hath been  spoken, which have the appearance of gold; and as many of the  leaves as the said Smith has translated, we did handle with our  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 Smith has  shown unto us, 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, to witness unto the world that  which we have seen; and we lie not, God bearing witness of it.
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Also, in the year 1829, Mr Smith and ,  having learned the correct mode of baptism, from the  teachings of the Saviour to the ancient Nephites, as recorded  in the “Book of Mormon,” had a desire to be baptized;  but knowing that no one had authority to administer that  sacred ordinance in any denomination, they were at a loss  to know how the authority was to be restored, and while  calling upon the Lord with a desire to be informed on the  subject, a holy angel appeared and stood before them, and  laid his hands upon their heads, and ordained them, and  commanded them to baptize each other, which they accord ingly did.
In the year 1830, a large edition of the “Book of Mor mon” first appeared in print. And as some began to peruse  its sacred pages, the spirit of the Lord bore record to them  that it was true; and they were obedient to its requirements,  by coming forth, humbly repenting before the Lord, and  being immersed in water, for the remission of sins, after  which, by the commandment of God, hands were laid upon  them in the name of the Lord, for the gift of the Holy  Spirit.
And on the sixth of April, in the year of our Lord one  thousand eight hundred and thirty, the “Church of Jesus  Christ of Latter Day Saints” was organized, in the town [p. 23]
AND ALSO THE TESTIMONY OF EIGHT WITNESSES.
“Be it known unto all nations, kindreds, tongues, and people, unto whom this work shall come, that Joseph Smith, Jr. the translator of this work, has shown unto us the plates of which hath been spoken, which have the appearance of gold; and as many of the leaves as the said Smith has translated, we did handle with our 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 Smith has shown unto us, 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, to witness unto the world that which we have seen; and we lie not, God bearing witness of it.
,
,
,
,
,
.”
Also, in the year 1829, Mr Smith and , having learned the correct mode of baptism, from the teachings of the Saviour to the ancient Nephites, as recorded in the “Book of Mormon,” had a desire to be baptized; but knowing that no one had authority to administer that sacred ordinance in any denomination, they were at a loss to know how the authority was to be restored, and while calling upon the Lord with a desire to be informed on the subject, a holy angel appeared and stood before them, and laid his hands upon their heads, and ordained them, and commanded them to baptize each other, which they accordingly did.
In the year 1830, a large edition of the “Book of Mormon” first appeared in print. And as some began to peruse its sacred pages, the spirit of the Lord bore record to them that it was true; and they were obedient to its requirements, by coming forth, humbly repenting before the Lord, and being immersed in water, for the remission of sins, after which, by the commandment of God, hands were laid upon them in the name of the Lord, for the gift of the Holy Spirit.
And on the sixth of April, in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and thirty, the “Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints” was organized, in the town [p. 23]
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