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

  • Source Note
  • Historical Introduction
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my gospel, which have been kept back because of the wickedness of the people; and now I  you, that if you have good desires, a desire to lay up treasures for yourself in heaven, then shall you  assist in bringing to light, with your gift, those parts of my scriptures which have been hidden  because of iniquity. And now behold I give unto you, and also unto my  servant Joseph the of this gift, which shall bring to light this ministry: and in the mouth  of two or three witnesses, shall every word be established.
Verily, verily I say unto you, if they reject my words, and this part of my gospel and  ministry, blessed are ye, for they can do no more unto you than unto me; and if they do unto  you even as they have done unto me, blessed are ye, for you shall dwell with me in glory: but  if they reject not my words, which <shall> be established by the testimony which shall be given, blessed  are they; and then shall ye have joy in the fruit of your labours.
Verily, verily I say unto you, as I said unto my disciples, where two or there  three are gathered together in my name, as touching one thing, behold there will I be in the  midst of them, even so am I in the midst of you. Fear not to do good my sons, for whatsoever  ye sow, that shall ye also reap: therefore if ye sow good, ye shall also reap good for your re ward: Therefore fear not little flock, do good, let earth and hell  combine against, <you> for if ye are built upon my rock, they cannot prevail. Behold I do  not condemn you, go your ways and sin no more: perform with soberness the work which  I have commanded; <you> look unto me in every thought, doubt not, fear not: behold the wounds which  pierced my side, and also the prints of the nails in my hands and feet: be faithful; keep my  commandments, and ye shall inherit the kingdom of heaven. Amen.
After we had received this revelation he () stated  to me that after he had gone to ’s to board, and after the family communicated to  him concerning my having got the plates, that one night after he had retired to bed, he  called upon the Lord to know if these things were so, and that the Lord had manifested  to him that they were true, but that he had kept the circumstance entirely secret, and  had mentioned it to no being, so that after this revelation having been given, he knew  that the work was true, because that no mortal being living knew of the thing alluded <to>  in the revelation but God and himself.
During the month of April  I continued to , and he to write with little cessation, during which time we  received several revelations. A difference of opinion arising between us about the  account of John the Apostle, mentioned in the new testament, John, twenty first chapter  and twenty second verse, whether he died, or whether he continued; We we mutually  agreed to settle <it> by the , and the following is the word which  we received.
A Revelation given to Joseph Smith jr, and in Pensylvania-  April 1829. when they desired to know whether John, the beloved disciple, tarried on earth.—
Translated from parchment, written and hid up by himself.
And the Lord said unto me, John, my beloved, what desirest thou? For if <shall> you ask what  you will, it shall be granted unto you. And I said unto him, Lord, give <unto> me power over [p. 15]
my gospel, which have been kept back because of the wickedness of the people; and now I you, that if you have good desires, a desire to lay up treasures for yourself in heaven, then shall you assist in bringing to light, with your gift, those parts of my scriptures which have been hidden because of iniquity. And now behold I give unto you, and also unto my servant Joseph the of this gift, which shall bring to light this ministry: and in the mouth of two or three witnesses, shall every word be established.
Verily, verily I say unto you, if they reject my words, and this part of my gospel and ministry, blessed are ye, for they can do no more unto you than unto me; and if they do unto you even as they have done unto me, blessed are ye, for you shall dwell with me in glory: but if they reject not my words, which shall be established by the testimony which shall be given, blessed are they; and then shall ye have joy in the fruit of your labours.
Verily, verily I say unto you, as I said unto my disciples, where two or three are gathered together in my name, as touching one thing, behold there will I be in the midst of them, even so am I in the midst of you. Fear not to do good my sons, for whatsoever ye sow, that shall ye also reap: therefore if ye sow good, ye shall also reap good for your reward: Therefore fear not little flock, do good, let earth and hell combine against, you for if ye are built upon my rock, they cannot prevail. Behold I do not condemn you, go your ways and sin no more: perform with soberness the work which I have commanded; you look unto me in every thought, doubt not, fear not: behold the wounds which pierced my side, and also the prints of the nails in my hands and feet: be faithful; keep my commandments, and ye shall inherit the kingdom of heaven. Amen.
After we had received this revelation he () stated to me that after he had gone to ’s to board, and after the family communicated to him concerning my having got the plates, that one night after he had retired to bed, he called upon the Lord to know if these things were so, and that the Lord had manifested to him that they were true, but that he had kept the circumstance entirely secret, and had mentioned it to no being, so that after this revelation having been given, he knew that the work was true, because that no being living knew of the thing alluded to in the revelation but God and himself.
During the month of April I continued to , and he to write with little cessation, during which time we received several revelations. A difference of opinion arising between us about the account of John the Apostle, mentioned in the new testament, John, twenty first chapter and twenty second verse, whether he died, or whether he continued; we mutually agreed to settle it by the , and the following is the word which we received.
A Revelation given to Joseph Smith jr, and in Pensylvania- April 1829. when they desired to know whether John, the beloved disciple, tarried on earth.—
Translated from parchment, written and hid up by himself.
And the Lord said unto me, John, my beloved, what desirest thou? For if shall you ask what you will, it shall be granted unto you. And I said unto him, Lord, give unto me power over [p. 15]
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