History, 1838–1856, volume A-1 [23 December 1805–30 August 1834]

  • Source Note
  • Historical Introduction
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in the most solemn manner that he would not do otherwise than had been directed. He did so.  He bound himself as I required of him, took the writings and went his way.
Notwithstanding however the great restrictions which he had been laid under, and the solemn ity of the covenant which he had made with me, he did shew them to others and by strat agem they got them away from him, and they never have been recovered nor obtained back  again untill this day. [blank] In the mean time while was gone with the writings, I went to visit ’s family at .  I continued there for a short season and then returned to my place in .  Immediately after my return home I was walking out a little distance, when Behold  the former heavenly messenger appeared and handed to me the  again (for it had been taken from me in consequence of my having wearied the Lord in ask ing for the privilege of letting take the writings which he lost by tran sgression) and I enquired of the Lord through them and obtained the folowing  revelation.

July 1828

Revelation to Joseph Smyth jr, given July 1828 concerning certain  manuscripts on the first part of the book of Mormon which had been taken from the possession of .
The works, and the designs, and the purposes of God, cannot be frustrated  neither can they come to nought, for God doth not walk in crooked <paths>: neither doth he turn to the  right hand nor to the left; neither doth he vary from that which he hath said: therefore his paths  are strait and his course is one eternal round.
Remember remember that it is not the work of God that is frustrated, but the work of men: for  although a man may have many revelations, and have power to do many mighty works, yet,  if he boasts in his own strength, and sets at nought the counsels of God, and follows after  the dictates of his own will, and carnal desires, he must fall and incur the vengeance of a  just God upon him.
Behold, you have been entrusted with these things, but  how strict were your ; and remember, also, the promises which were  made to you, if you did not transgress them; and behold how oft you have transgressed the  commandments and <the> laws of God, and have gone on in the persuasions of men: for behold you  should not have feared man more than God, although men set at nought the councils of God,  and despise his words, yet you should have been faithful and he would have extended his  arm, and supported you against all the fiery darts of the adversary; and he would have  been with you in every time of trouble.
Behold thou art Joseph, and thou  wast chosen to do the work of the Lord, but because of transgression, if thou art not aware  thou wilt fall, but remember God is merciful: therefore repent of that which thou hast  done, which is contrary to the commandment which I gave you, and thou art still chosen  and art again called to the work: except thou do this, thou shalt be delivered up and become  as other men, and have no more gift.
And when thou deliveredst up that which  God <gave> thee sight and power to , thou deliveredst up that which was sacred, into the  hands of a wicked man, who has set at nought the counsels of God, and has broken the most  sacred promises, which were made before God, and depended upon his own judgment, [p. 10]
in the most solemn manner that he would not do otherwise than had been directed. He did so. He bound himself as I required of him, took the writings and went his way.
Notwithstanding however the great restrictions which he had been laid under, and the solemnity of the covenant which he had made with me, he did shew them to others and by stratagem they got them away from him, and they never have been recovered nor obtained back again untill this day. [blank] In the mean time while was gone with the writings, I went to visit ’s family at . I continued there for a short season and then returned to my place in . Immediately after my return home I was walking out a little distance, when Behold the former heavenly messenger appeared and handed to me the again (for it had been taken from me in consequence of my having wearied the Lord in asking for the privilege of letting take the writings which he lost by transgression) and I enquired of the Lord through them and obtained the folowing revelation.

July 1828

Revelation to Joseph Smyth jr, given July 1828 concerning certain manuscripts on the first part of the book of Mormon which had been taken from the possession of .
The works, and the designs, and the purposes of God, cannot be frustrated neither can they come to nought, for God doth not walk in crooked paths: neither doth he turn to the right hand nor to the left; neither doth he vary from that which he hath said: therefore his paths are strait and his course is one eternal round.
Remember remember that it is not the work of God that is frustrated, but the work of men: for although a man may have many revelations, and have power to do many mighty works, yet, if he boasts in his own strength, and sets at nought the counsels of God, and follows after the dictates of his own will, and carnal desires, he must fall and incur the vengeance of a just God upon him.
Behold, you have been entrusted with these things, but how strict were your ; and remember, also, the promises which were made to you, if you did not transgress them; and behold how oft you have transgressed the commandments and the laws of God, and have gone on in the persuasions of men: for behold you should not have feared man more than God, although men set at nought the councils of God, and despise his words, yet you should have been faithful and he would have extended his arm, and supported you against all the fiery darts of the adversary; and he would have been with you in every time of trouble.
Behold thou art Joseph, and thou wast chosen to do the work of the Lord, but because of transgression, if thou art not aware thou wilt fall, but remember God is merciful: therefore repent of that which thou hast done, which is contrary to the commandment which I gave you, and thou art still chosen and art again called to the work: except thou do this, thou shalt be delivered up and become as other men, and have no more gift.
And when thou deliveredst up that which God gave thee sight and power to , thou deliveredst up that which was sacred, into the hands of a wicked man, who has set at nought the counsels of God, and has broken the most sacred promises, which were made before God, and depended upon his own judgment, [p. 10]
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