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

  • Source Note
  • Historical Introduction
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a[nd] [boas]ted in his ow[n] wisdom and this is the reason why thou has[t] lost thy privileges for a  season, for thou hast suffered the counsel of thy director to be trampled upon from the beginning.
Nevertheless my work shall go forth, for, inasmuch as the knowledge of a Saviour  has come unto the world, through the testimony of the jews, even so shall the knowledge of a  Saviour come <un>to my people; and to the , and the Jacobites, and the Josephites, and  the Zoramites, through the testimony of their fathers; and this testimony shall come to the  knowledge of the , and the Lemuelites, and the Ishmaelites, who dwindled in un belief because of the iniquities of their fathers, whom the Lord has suffered to destroy their  brethren the Nephites, because of their unbelief iniquities and their abominations: and for  this very purpose are these plates preserved which contain these records, that the promises of  the Lord might be fulfilled, which he made to his people; and that the Lamanites might come  to a knowledge of their fathers, and that they might know the promises of the Lord, and  that they might believe the gospel, and rely upon the merits of Jesus Christ, and be glori fied through faith in his name; and that through their repentance they might be saved:
}Amen.
After I had obtained the above revelation, both the plates, and the  were taken from me again, but in a few days they were returned to me,<***> <when I enquired of the Lord, and the Lord said thus unto me.>

February 1829

I did not however  go immediately to , but went to laboring with my hands upon a small farm  which I had purchased of , in order to provide for my family. In the  month of February, Eighteen hundred and twenty nine my father came to visit us at  which time I received the following revelation for him.
Revelation to given February 1829.
Now, behold, a marvellous work is about to come forth among the children of men,  therefore, O ye that embark in the service of God, see that you serve him with all your heart,  might, mind and strength, that you may stand blameless before God at the last day: there fore, if ye have desires to serve God, ye are called to the work, for behold the field is white  already to harvest, and lo, he that thrusteth in his sickle with his might, the same layeth  up in store that he perish not, but bringeth salvation to his soul, and faith, hope, and  charity, and love, with an eye single to the glory of God, qualifies him for the work.
Remember faith, virtue, knowledge, temperance, patience, brotherly kindness, Godli ness, charity, humility, diligence.— Ask and ye shall recieve, knock and it shall  be opened unto you. Amen.

March 1829

The following I applied for at the request of the aforementioned  and obtained.
Revelation given March, 1829.
Behold I say unto you, that as my servant has desired a witness at my  hand, that you, my servant Joseph Smith Jr., have got the plates of which you have testi fied and borne record that you <have> received of me: and now behold, this shall you say unto  him, He who spake unto you, said unto you, I the Lord am God, and gave <have given> these things  unto you my servant Joseph Smith Jr. and <have> you that you shall stand as  a witness of these things, and I have caused you that you should enter into a cove [p. 11]
and boasted in his own wisdom and this is the reason why thou hast lost thy privileges for a season, for thou hast suffered the counsel of thy director to be trampled upon from the beginning.
Nevertheless my work shall go forth, for, inasmuch as the knowledge of a Saviour has come unto the world, through the testimony of the jews, even so shall the knowledge of a Saviour come unto my people; and to the , and the Jacobites, and the Josephites, and the Zoramites, through the testimony of their fathers; and this testimony shall come to the knowledge of the , and the Lemuelites, and the Ishmaelites, who dwindled in unbelief because of the iniquities of their fathers, whom the Lord has suffered to destroy their brethren the Nephites, because of their iniquities and their abominations: and for this very purpose are these plates preserved which contain these records, that the promises of the Lord might be fulfilled, which he made to his people; and that the Lamanites might come to a knowledge of their fathers, and that they might know the promises of the Lord, and that they might believe the gospel, and rely upon the merits of Jesus Christ, and be glorified through faith in his name; and that through their repentance they might be saved:
}Amen.
After I had obtained the above revelation, both the plates, and the were taken from me again, but in a few days they were returned to me,*** when I enquired of the Lord, and the Lord said thus unto me.

February 1829

I did not however go immediately to , but went to laboring with my hands upon a small farm which I had purchased of , in order to provide for my family. In the month of February, Eighteen hundred and twenty nine my father came to visit us at which time I received the following revelation for him.
Revelation to given February 1829.
Now, behold, a marvellous work is about to come forth among the children of men, therefore, O ye that embark in the service of God, see that you serve him with all your heart, might, mind and strength, that you may stand blameless before God at the last day: therefore, if ye have desires to serve God, ye are called to the work, for behold the field is white already to harvest, and lo, he that thrusteth in his sickle with his might, the same layeth up in store that he perish not, but bringeth salvation to his soul, and faith, hope, charity, and love, with an eye single to the glory of God, qualifies him for the work.
Remember faith, virtue, knowledge, temperance, patience, brotherly kindness, Godliness, charity, humility, diligence.— Ask and ye shall recieve, knock and it shall be opened unto you. Amen.

March 1829

The following I applied for at the request of the aforementioned and obtained.
Revelation given March, 1829.
Behold I say unto you, that as my servant has desired a witness at my hand, that you, my servant Joseph Smith Jr., have got the plates of which you have testified and borne record that you have received of me: and now behold, this shall you say unto him, He who spake unto you, said unto you, I the Lord am God, and have given these things unto you my servant Joseph Smith Jr. and have you that you shall stand as a witness of these things, and I have caused you that you should enter into a cove [p. 11]
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