History, 1834–1836

  • Source Note
  • Historical Introduction
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manifest to us his will. On a sudden, as from the midst of  eternity, the voice of the redeemer spake peace to us, while  the vail was parted and the angel of God came down clothed with glo ry, and delivered the anxiously looked for message, and the keys  of the gospel of repentance!— What Joy! what wonder! what amazement!  while the world were wracked and distracted—while millions were  grouping [groping] as the blind for the world wall, and while all men were  resting upon uncertainty, as a general mass, our eyes beheld— our ears heard. As in the “blaze of day;” yes more—above the  glitter of the may sun beam, which then shed its brilliancy over  the face of nature! Then his voice, though mild, pierced the to  the center, and his words, [“]I am thy fellow servant,” dispelled  every fear. We listened—we gazed—we admired! Twas the  voice of the angel from glory—twas a message from the Most  High! and as we heard we rejoiced, while his love enkindled upon  our souls, and we were wrapt in the vision of the Almighty!  Where was room for doubt? No where: uncertainty had fled,  doubt had sunk, no more to rise, while fiction and deception  had fled forever!
But, dear brother think further think for a moment, what  Joy filled our hearts, and with what surprise we must have  bowed, (for who would not have bowed the knee for such a  blessing?) when we received under his hand the holy priesthood,  as he said, [“]upon <you> my fellow servants, in the name of Messiah  I confer this priesthood, and this authority, which shall re main upon earth, that the sons of Levi may yet offer an of fering into the Lord in righteousness!”
I shall not attempt to paint to you the feelings of this heart, nor  the majestic beauty and glory which surrounded us on this occasion;  but you will believe me when I say, that earth, nor men, with  the eloquence of time cannot begin to clothe language in as inter esting and sublime a manner as this holy personage. No; nor  has this earth power to give the Joy, to bestow the peace, or  comprehend the wisdom which was contained in each sen tence as they were delivered by the power of the holy spirit!  Man may deceave his fellow man; deception may follow  deception, and the children of the wicked one may have  power to seduce the foolish and untaught, till naught but  fiction feeds the many, and the fruit of falshood car ries in its current the giddy to the grave; but one touch [p. 49]
manifest to us his will. On a sudden, as from the midst of eternity, the voice of the redeemer spake peace to us, while the vail was parted and the angel of God came down clothed with glory, and delivered the anxiously looked for message, and the keys of the gospel of repentance!— What Joy! what wonder! what amazement! while the world were wracked and distracted—while millions were grouping [groping] as the blind for the wall, and while all men were resting upon uncertainty, as a general mass, our eyes beheld—our ears heard. As in the “blaze of day;” yes more—above the glitter of the may sun beam, which then shed its brilliancy over the face of nature! Then his voice, though mild, pierced to the center, and his words, [“]I am thy fellow servant,” dispelled every fear. We listened—we gazed—we admired! Twas the voice of the angel from glory—twas a message from the Most High! and as we heard we rejoiced, while his love enkindled upon our souls, and we were rapt in the vision of the Almighty! Where was room for doubt? No where: uncertainty had fled, doubt had sunk, no more to rise, while fiction and deception had fled forever!
But, dear brother think further think for a moment, what Joy filled our hearts, and with what surprise we must have bowed, (for who would not have bowed the knee for such a blessing?) when we received under his hand the holy priesthood, as he said, [“]upon you my fellow servants, in the name of Messiah I confer this priesthood, and this authority, which shall remain upon earth, that the sons of Levi may yet offer an offering into the Lord in righteousness!”
I shall not attempt to paint to you the feelings of this heart, nor the majestic beauty and glory which surrounded us on this occasion; but you will believe me when I say, that earth, nor men, with the eloquence of time cannot begin to clothe language in as interesting and sublime a manner as this holy personage. No; nor has this earth power to give the Joy, to bestow the peace, or comprehend the wisdom which was contained in each sentence as they were delivered by the power of the holy spirit! Man may deceave his fellow man; deception may follow deception, and the children of the wicked one may have power to seduce the foolish and untaught, till naught but fiction feeds the many, and the fruit of falshood carries in its current the giddy to the grave; but one touch [p. 49]
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