History, 1834–1836

  • Source Note
  • Historical Introduction
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he confessed. The word of the Lord then came unto him that President   and President were under condemnation before  the Lord for their errors. He also commenced a labor with  for not partaking of the Sacrament, and he made his confession.  He also reproved his for leaving the meeting before Sacrament  she made no reply but manifested contrition by weeping.

9 November 1835 • Monday

Monday Nov. 9th After breakfast Mary Whitiker came in and  wished to see him; her request was granted. She gave a relation of her  grievances which, for the time being, were unfathomable, and if true  they were sorrowful indeed. He prayed his Heavenly Father to bring  the truth of her case to light, that the reward due to evil doers may  be given them, and that the afflicted and oppressed, may be delivered.  While sitting in his house this morning between the hours of  ten an[d] eleven, a man came in and introduced himself to him  calling himself Joshua, the Jewish Minister, His appearance  was something singular, having, a beard about three inches in length  which is quite grey. his hair was also long and considerably silvered  with age. He had the appearance of a man about 50 or 55  years old. He was tall and straight, slender frame, blue eyes, thin  visage, and fair complexion. He wore a green frock coat  and pantaloons of the same color. He had on a black fur  hat with a narrow brim. When speaking he frequently shuts his eyes  and exhibits a kind of scowl upon his countenance. He (Joseph)  made some inquiry after his name, but, received no definite  answer. The conversation soon turned upon the subject of  Religion, and after the subject of this narrative had made some  remarks concerning the bible, he commenced giving him a  relation of the circumstances, connected with the coming forth  of the Book of Mormon, which were nearly as follows. Being  wrought up in my mind respecting the subject of Religion, and look ing at the different systems taught the children of men, I knew  not who was right or who was wrong, but considered it of the first  importance to me that I should be aright right, in matters of so mu ch moment, matter involving eternal consequences. Being  thus perplexed in mind I retired to the silent grove. and there  bowed down before the Lord, under a realizing sense, (if the  bible be true) ask and you shall receive, knock and it shall  be opened, seek and you shall find, and again, if any man lack  wisdom, let [him ask] of God who giveth to all men liberally &  upbraideth not. Information was what I most desired, [p. 120]
he confessed. The word of the Lord then came unto him that President and President were under condemnation before the Lord for their errors. He also commenced a labor with for not partaking of the Sacrament, and he made his confession. He also reproved his for leaving the meeting before Sacrament she made no reply but manifested contrition by weeping.

9 November 1835 • Monday

Monday Nov. 9th After breakfast Mary Whitiker came in and wished to see him; her request was granted. She gave a relation of her grievances which, for the time being, were unfathomable, and if true they were sorrowful indeed. He prayed his Heavenly Father to bring the truth of her case to light, that the reward due to evil doers may be given them, and that the afflicted and oppressed, may be delivered. While sitting in his house this morning between the hours of ten and eleven, a man came in and introduced himself to him calling himself Joshua, the Jewish Minister, His appearance was something singular, having, a beard about three inches in length which is quite grey. his hair was also long and considerably silvered with age. He had the appearance of a man about 50 or 55 years old. He was tall and straight, slender frame, blue eyes, thin visage, and fair complexion. He wore a green frock coat and pantaloons of the same color. He had on a black fur hat with a narrow brim. When speaking he frequently shuts his eyes and exhibits a kind of scowl upon his countenance. He (Joseph) made some inquiry after his name, but, received no definite answer. The conversation soon turned upon the subject of Religion, and after the subject of this narrative had made some remarks concerning the bible, he commenced giving him a relation of the circumstances, connected with the coming forth of the Book of Mormon, which were nearly as follows. Being wrought up in my mind respecting the subject of Religion, and looking at the different systems taught the children of men, I knew not who was right or who was wrong, but considered it of the first importance to me that I should be right, in matters of so much moment, matter involving eternal consequences. Being thus perplexed in mind I retired to the silent grove. and there bowed down before the Lord, under a realizing sense, (if the bible be true) ask and you shall receive, knock and it shall be opened, seek and you shall find, and again, if any man lack wisdom, let [him ask] of God who giveth to all men liberally & upbraideth not. Information was what I most desired, [p. 120]
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