History, 1834–1836

  • Source Note
  • Historical Introduction
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with age. He had at this time. and with a fixed determination to obtain it, I  called on the Lord for the first time in the place above  stated, or in other words, I made a fruitless attempt to pray  My tongue seemed to be swoolen in my mouth, so that I could  not utter. I heard a noise behind me like some one walking  towards me: I strove again to pray, but could not; the noise  of walking seemed to draw nearer; I sprang upon my feet  and looked round, but saw no person, or thing that was calcu lated to produce the noise of walking. I kneeled again, my  mouth was opened and my tongue loosed; I called on the Lord  in mighty prayer. A pillar of fire appeared above my head; which  presently rested down upon me, and filled me with unspeakable  joy. A personage appeared in the midst of this pillar of flame,  which was spread all around and yet nothing consumed. Another  personage soon appeared like unto the first: he said unto me thy sins  are forgiven thee. He testified also unto me that Jesus Christ is  the son of God. I saw many angels in this vision. I was about 14  years old when I received this first communication. When I was  about 17 years I had another vision of angels; in the night season,  after I had retired to bed; I had not been asleep, but was medita ting upon my past life and experience. I was well aware I  had not kept the commandments, and I repented heartily for  all my sins and transgressions, and humbled myself before  him, whose eye surveys all things at a glance. All at once  the room was illuminated above the brightness of the sun; An  Angel appeared before me; his hands and feet were, naked, pure  and white; he stood betwen the floors of the room, clothed with  purity inexpressible. He said unto me I am a Messenger  sent from God, be faithful and keep his commandments  in all things. He told me also of a sacred record which was  written on plates of gold. I saw in the vision the place  where they were deposited. He said to me the Indians  were the literal decendants of Abraham. He explained  many of the prophecies to me; one of which I will mention,  which is in Malachi 4th chapter. Behold, the day of the Lord cometh <(&c>  He also informed me that the Urim & Thummim was hid up  with the record, and that God would give me power to translate it  with the assistance of this instrument; he then gradually vanished  out of my sight or the vision closed. while meditating on what I  had seen, The Angel appeared to me again, and related the, [p. 121]
at this time. and with a fixed determination to obtain it, I called on the Lord for the first time in the place above stated, or in other words, I made a fruitless attempt to pray My tongue seemed to be swoolen in my mouth, so that I could not utter. I heard a noise behind me like some one walking towards me: I strove again to pray, but could not; the noise of walking seemed to draw nearer; I sprang upon my feet and looked round, but saw no person, or thing that was calculated to produce the noise of walking. I kneeled again, my mouth was opened and my tongue loosed; I called on the Lord in mighty prayer. A pillar of fire appeared above my head; which presently rested down upon me, and filled me with unspeakable joy. A personage appeared in the midst of this pillar of flame, which was spread all around and yet nothing consumed. Another personage soon appeared like unto the first: he said unto me thy sins are forgiven thee. He testified also unto me that Jesus Christ is the son of God. I saw many angels in this vision. I was about 14 years old when I received this first communication. When I was about 17 years I had another vision of angels; in the night season, after I had retired to bed; I had not been asleep, but was meditating upon my past life and experience. I was well aware I had not kept the commandments, and I repented heartily for all my sins and transgressions, and humbled myself before him, whose eye surveys all things at a glance. All at once the room was illuminated above the brightness of the sun; An Angel appeared before me; his hands and feet were, naked, pure and white; he stood betwen the floors of the room, clothed with purity inexpressible. He said unto me I am a Messenger sent from God, be faithful and keep his commandments in all things. He told me also of a sacred record which was written on plates of gold. I saw in the vision the place where they were deposited. He said to me the Indians were the literal decendants of Abraham. He explained many of the prophecies to me; one of which I will mention, which is in Malachi 4th chapter. Behold, the day of the Lord cometh (&c He also informed me that the Urim & Thummim was hid up with the record, and that God would give me power to translate it with the assistance of this instrument; he then gradually vanished out of my sight or the vision closed. while meditating on what I had seen, The Angel appeared to me again, and related the, [p. 121]
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