History, 1834–1836

  • Source Note
  • Historical Introduction
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write from his mouth, as he translated with the Urim and Thummim, or, as the Nephites should have said, [“]Interpreters,” the history, or reccord, called “the book of Mormon.[”]
To notice, in few words, the interesting account given by Mormon, and his faithful son Moroni, of a people once beloved and favored of heaven, would supercede my present design: I shall therefore defer this to a future period, and as I said in the introduction, pass more directly to some few incidents immediately connected with the rise of this church, which may be entertaining to some thousands who have stepped forward, amid the frowns of biggots and the callumny of hypocrites, and embraced the gospel of Christ.
No men <​man​> in their sober senses, could translate and write the directions given to the Nephites, from the mouth of the saviour of the precise manner in which men should build up his church, and especially, when corruption had spread an uncertainty over all forms and systems practiced among men without desiring a privilege of showing the willingness of the heart by being burried in the Liquid grave, to answer a “good concience by the resurection of Jesus Christ.[”]
After writing the account given of the savior’s ministry to the remnant of the seed of Jacob, upon this continent, it was easily to be seen, as the prophet said would be, that darkness covered the earth and gross darkness the minds of the people.
On reflecting further, it was as easily to be seen, that amid the great strife and noise concerning religeon, none had authority from God to administer the ordinances of the gospel For, the question might be asked, have men authority to administer in the name of Christ, who deny revelation? when his testamony is no less then the spirit of prophecy? and his religeon based, built, and sustained by immediate revelations in all ages of the world, when he has had a people on earth? If these facts were burried, and carefully concealed by men whose craft would have been in danger, if once permited to shine in the faces of men, they were no longer to us; and we only waited for the commandment to be given, “arise and be baptized.”
This was not long desired before it was realized. The Lord, who is rich is [in] mercy, and ever willing to answer the consistent prayer of the humble, after we had called upon him in a fervent manner, aside from the abodes of men, condescended to [p. 48]
write from his mouth, as he translated with the Urim and Thummim, or, as the Nephites should have said, “Interpreters,” the history, or reccord, called “the book of Mormon.”
To notice, in few words, the interesting account given by Mormon, and his faithful son Moroni, of a people once beloved and favored of heaven, would supercede my present design: I shall therefore defer this to a future period, and as I said in the introduction, pass more directly to some few incidents immediately connected with the rise of this church, which may be entertaining to some thousands who have stepped forward, amid the frowns of biggots and the callumny of hypocrites, and embraced the gospel of Christ.
No man in their sober senses, could translate and write the directions given to the Nephites, from the mouth of the saviour of the precise manner in which men should build up his church, and especially, when corruption had spread an uncertainty over all forms and systems practiced among men without desiring a privilege of showing the willingness of the heart by being burried in the Liquid grave, to answer a “good concience by the resurection of Jesus Christ.”
After writing the account given of the savior’s ministry to the remnant of the seed of Jacob, upon this continent, it was easily to be seen, as the prophet said would be, that darkness covered the earth and gross darkness the minds of the people.
On reflecting further, it was as easily to be seen, that amid the great strife and noise concerning religeon, none had authority from God to administer the ordinances of the gospel For, the question might be asked, have men authority to administer in the name of Christ, who deny revelation? when his testamony is no less then the spirit of prophecy? and his religeon based, built, and sustained by immediate revelations in all ages of the world, when he has had a people on earth? If these facts were burried, and carefully concealed by men whose craft would have been in danger, if once permited to shine in the faces of men, they were no longer to us; and we only waited for the commandment to be given, “arise and be baptized.”
This was not long desired before it was realized. The Lord, who is rich is [in] mercy, and ever willing to answer the consistent prayer of the humble, after we had called upon him in a fervent manner, aside from the abodes of men, condescended to [p. 48]
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