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

  • Source Note
  • Historical Introduction
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know of a surety that they are true for I have seen them: for they have been shown unto me by  the power of God and not of man. And I the Lord him, my servant  that he shall say no more unto them concerning these things, except he shall say, I have seen them  and they have been shown unto me by the power of God: And these are the words which he shall say.  But if he deny this he will break the covenant which he has covenanted with me, and behold  he is condemned. And now except he humble himself and acknowledge unto me the things  the things that he has done which are wrong, and covenant with me, that he will keep my  commandments, and exercise in me faith in me, behold I say unto him, he shall have  no such views; for I will grant unto him no views of the things of which I have spoken.  And if this be the case I command you, my servant Joseph, that you shall say unto him  that he shall do no more, nor trouble me any more concerning this matter.
And if this be the case, behold I say unto thee Joseph, when thou hast a few more pages thou shalt stop for a season, even untill I command thee again,  then thou mayest translate again. And except thou do this, behold, thou shalt have  no more gift, and I will take away the things which I have entrusted with you <thee>.  And now because I foresee the lying in wait to destroy thee: yea I foresee that if my servant  , humbleth not himself, and receive a witness from my hand that he will fall  into transgression; and there are many that lie in wait to destroy thee <from> off the face of the earth:  and for this cause that thy days may be prolonged, I have given unto thee the<se> commandments;  yea, for this cause I have said, stop and stand still until I command thee, and I will  provide means whereby thou mayest accomplish the thing which I have commanded thee;  and if thou art faithful in keeping my commandments, thou shalt be lifted up at the  last day. Amen.

April 1829

On the fifth day of Aprile Eighteen hundred and twenty nine   came to my house, untill when I had never seen him. He stated to me that  having been teaching school in the neighborhood where resided, and my  father being one of those who sent to the school, he had went to board for a season at  my father’s house, and while there the family related to him the circumstance of my  having received the plates, and accordingly he had came to make enquiries of me.
Two days after the arrival of (being the seventh of April) I commenced  to translate the book of Mormon and he commenced to write for me, which having  continued for some time I enquired of the Lord through the  and obtained the following revelation.
Revelation given April 1829, to and Joseph Smith Jr..
A great and marvelous work is about to come forth unto the children of men:  behold I am God, and give heed unto my word, which is quick and powerful, sharper  than a two edged sword, to dividing asunder of the joints to the dividing asunder of  both joints and marrow: therefore give heed unto my words.
Behold the field is white already to harvest, therefore whoso desireth to reap, let  him thrust in his sickle with his might and reap while the day lasts, that he may  treasure up for his soul everlasting salvation in the kingdom of God: yea who [p. 13]
know of a surety that they are true for I have seen them: for they have been shown unto me by the power of God and not of man. And I the Lord him, my servant that he shall say no more unto them concerning these things, except he shall say, I have seen them and they have been shown unto me by the power of God: And these are the words which he shall say. But if he deny this he will break the covenant which he has covenanted with me, and behold he is condemned. And now except he humble himself and acknowledge unto me the things that he has done which are wrong, and covenant with me, that he will keep my commandments, and exercise faith in me, behold I say unto him, he shall have no such views; for I will grant unto him no views of the things of which I have spoken. And if this be the case I command you, my servant Joseph, that you shall say unto him that he shall do no more, nor trouble me any more concerning this matter.
And if this be the case, behold I say unto thee Joseph, when thou hast a few more pages thou shalt stop for a season, even untill I command thee again, then thou mayest translate again. And except thou do this, behold, thou shalt have no more gift, and I will take away the things which I have entrusted with thee. And now because I foresee the lying in wait to destroy thee: yea I foresee that if my servant , humbleth not himself, and receive a witness from my hand that he will fall into transgression; and there are many that lie in wait to destroy thee from off the face of the earth: and for this cause that thy days may be prolonged, I have given unto thee these commandments; yea, for this cause I have said, stop and stand still until I command thee, and I will provide means whereby thou mayest accomplish the thing which I have commanded thee; and if thou art faithful in keeping my commandments, thou shalt be lifted up at the last day. Amen.

April 1829

On the fifth day of Aprile Eighteen hundred and twenty nine came to my house, untill when I had never seen him. He stated to me that having been teaching school in the neighborhood where resided, and my father being one of those who sent to the school, he had went to board for a season at my father’s house, and while there the family related to him the circumstance of my having received the plates, and accordingly he had came to make enquiries of me.
Two days after the arrival of (being the seventh of April) I commenced to translate the book of Mormon and he commenced to write for me, which having continued for some time I enquired of the Lord through the and obtained the following revelation.
Revelation given April 1829, to and Joseph Smith Jr..
A great and marvelous work is about to come forth unto the children of men: behold I am God, and give heed unto my word, which is quick and powerful, sharper than a two edged sword, to the dividing asunder of both joints and marrow: therefore give heed unto my words.
Behold the field is white already to harvest, therefore whoso desireth to reap, let him thrust in his sickle with his might and reap while the day lasts, that he may treasure up for his soul everlasting salvation in the kingdom of God: yea who [p. 13]
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