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

  • Source Note
  • Historical Introduction
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posterity, was at hand to be fulfilled; that the great pre paratory work for the second coming of the Messiah, was  speedily to commence; that the time was at hand for the  gospel, in its fulness, to be preached in power unto all  nations; that a people might be prepared with faith and  righteousness, for the Millennial reign of universal peace  and joy.
He was informed, that he was called and chosen to be an  instrument in the hands of God, to bring about some of  his marvellous purposes in this glorious dispensation. It  was also made manifest to him, that the “American In dians” were a remnant of Israel; that when they first emi grated to America, they were an enlightened people, pos sessing a knowledge of the true God, enjoying his favour,  and peculiar blessings from his hand; that the prophets,  and inspired writers among them, were required to keep a  sacred history of the most important events transpiring  among them: which history was handed down for many  generations, till at length they fell into great wickedness:  the most part of them were destroyed, and the records, (by  commandment of God, to one of the last prophets among  them,) were safely deposited, to preserve them from the  hands of the wicked, who sought to destroy them. He was  informed, that these records contained many sacred revela tions pertaining to the gospel of the kingdom, as well as  prophecies relating to the great events of the last days;  and that to fulfil his promises to the ancients, who wrote  the records, and to accomplish his purposes, in the resti tution of their children, &c., they were to come forth to  the knowledge of the people. If faithful, he was to be the  instrument, who should be thus highly favoured in bring ing these sacred things to light: at the same time, being  expressly informed, that it must be done with an eye single  to the glory of God, that no one could be entrusted with  those sacred writings, who should endeavour to aggrandize  himself, by converting sacred things to unrighteous and  speculative purposes. After giving him many instructions  concerning things past and to come, which would be foreign  to our purpose to mention here, he disappeared, and the  light and glory of God withdrew, leaving his mind in per fect peace, while a calmness and serenity indescribable  pervaded the soul. But, before morning, the vision was [p. 7]
posterity, was at hand to be fulfilled; that the great preparatory work for the second coming of the Messiah, was speedily to commence; that the time was at hand for the gospel, in its fulness, to be preached in power unto all nations; that a people might be prepared with faith and righteousness, for the Millennial reign of universal peace and joy.
He was informed, that he was called and chosen to be an instrument in the hands of God, to bring about some of his marvellous purposes in this glorious dispensation. It was also made manifest to him, that the “American Indians” were a remnant of Israel; that when they first emigrated to America, they were an enlightened people, possessing a knowledge of the true God, enjoying his favour, and peculiar blessings from his hand; that the prophets, and inspired writers among them, were required to keep a sacred history of the most important events transpiring among them: which history was handed down for many generations, till at length they fell into great wickedness: the most part of them were destroyed, and the records, (by commandment of God, to one of the last prophets among them,) were safely deposited, to preserve them from the hands of the wicked, who sought to destroy them. He was informed, that these records contained many sacred revelations pertaining to the gospel of the kingdom, as well as prophecies relating to the great events of the last days; and that to fulfil his promises to the ancients, who wrote the records, and to accomplish his purposes, in the restitution of their children, &c., they were to come forth to the knowledge of the people. If faithful, he was to be the instrument, who should be thus highly favoured in bringing these sacred things to light: at the same time, being expressly informed, that it must be done with an eye single to the glory of God, that no one could be entrusted with those sacred writings, who should endeavour to aggrandize himself, by converting sacred things to unrighteous and speculative purposes. After giving him many instructions concerning things past and to come, which would be foreign to our purpose to mention here, he disappeared, and the light and glory of God withdrew, leaving his mind in perfect peace, while a calmness and serenity indescribable pervaded the soul. But, before morning, the vision was [p. 7]
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