History, 1834–1836

  • Source Note
  • Historical Introduction
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same things and much more, also the third time bearing  the same tidings and departed. During the time I was in  this vision I did not realize any thing around me, except  what was shown to me in this communication. After the  vision had all passed, I found that it was nearly day light;  The family soon arose, and got up also. On that day while  in the field at work with my father, he asked me if I was  sick, I replied, I had but little strength. He told me to go to  the house. I started and went part of the way, and was finally  deprived of my strength and fell; but how long I remained  I do not know. The Angel came to me again and command ed me to go and tell my father what I had seen & heard.  I did so. The old man wept and told me that it was a vision  from God, and to attend to it. I went and found the place where  the plates were, according to the direction of the Angel, I also  saw them and the Angel as before. The powers of darkness  strove hard against me. I called on God. The Angel told  me, that the reason why I could not obtain the plates at  this time, was because I was under transgression, but to  come again in one year from that time. I did so but  did not obtain them, also the third and the fourth year  the last of which time I obtained them, and translated  them into <the> english language by the gift and power of God  and have been preaching it ever since.
While President Smith was relating this brief history of the estab lisment of the Church of Christ in these last days,  seemed to be highly entertained. After he had gone through  he observed to him () that the hour of worship and  time to dine had now arrived, and asked him to tarry, to which  he consented, After dinner the conversation was resumed, &   proceeded to make some remarks on the Prophecies  as follows. He observed that he was aware that, he (Joseph)  could bear stronger meat than many others, therefore he should  open his mind the more freely. Daniel has told us that  he is to stand in his proper lot in the latter days. According  to his vision he had a right to shut it up and also to open it  again after many days, or in the latter times. Daniel’s  image whose head was gold, and body, arms legs and feet  were composed of the different materials described in  his vision, represents the different governments [p. 122]
same things and much more, also the third time bearing the same tidings and departed. During the time I was in this vision I did not realize any thing around me, except what was shown to me in this communication. After the vision had all passed, I found that it was nearly day light; The family soon arose, and got up also. On that day while in the field at work with my father, he asked me if I was sick, I replied, I had but little strength. He told me to go to the house. I started and went part of the way, and was finally deprived of my strength and fell; but how long I remained I do not know. The Angel came to me again and commanded me to go and tell my father what I had seen & heard. I did so. The old man wept and told me that it was a vision from God, and to attend to it. I went and found the place where the plates were, according to the direction of the Angel, I also saw them and the Angel as before. The powers of darkness strove hard against me. I called on God. The Angel told me, that the reason why I could not obtain the plates at this time, was because I was under transgression, but to come again in one year from that time. I did so but did not obtain them, also the third and the fourth year the last of which time I obtained them, and translated them into the english language by the gift and power of God and have been preaching it ever since.
While President Smith was relating this brief history of the establisment of the Church of Christ in these last days, seemed to be highly entertained. After he had gone through he observed to him () that the hour of worship and time to dine had now arrived, and asked him to tarry, to which he consented, After dinner the conversation was resumed, & proceeded to make some remarks on the Prophecies as follows. He observed that he was aware that, he (Joseph) could bear stronger meat than many others, therefore he should open his mind the more freely. Daniel has told us that he is to stand in his proper lot in the latter days. According to his vision he had a right to shut it up and also to open it again after many days, or in the latter times. Daniel’s image whose head was gold, and body, arms legs and feet were composed of the different materials described in his vision, represents the different governments [p. 122]
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