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

  • Source Note
  • Historical Introduction
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to visit us. We informed him of what the Lord was about to do for the children  of men; and to reason with him out of the Bible: We also showed him that  part of the work which we had translated, and labored to persuade him  concerning the Gospel of Jesus Christ which was now about to be revealed in  it’s fulness. He was not however very easily persuaded of these things, but  after much enquiry and explanation, he retired to the woods, in order that  by secret and fervent prayer he might obtain of a merciful God, wisdom to  enable him to judge for himself: The result was that he obtained revelation  for himself sufficient to convince him of the truth of our assertions to him  and on the [blank] <twenty fifth> day of that same month in which we had been  and ; baptized him, And he returned to ’s house greatly glorifying and praising God, being filled with the Holy  Spirit. Not many days afterwards, my brother came to us to  enquire concerning these things, when at his earnest request, I enquired of the  Lord through the , and received for him the following
Revelation given to , at , Susquehanah County,  Pensylvania. May 1829.
1 A great and marvelous work is about to come forth among  the children of men: behold I am God and give heed to 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 word.
2 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, whosoever will thrust in his sickle and reap, the same is called of God:  therefore, if you will ask of me, you shall receive; if you will knock it shall be  opened unto you.
3 Now as you have asked, behold I say unto you  keep my , and seek to bring forth and establish the cause of  Zion. Seek not for riches, but for wisdom, and behold the mysteries of God  shall be unfolded unto you, and then shall you be made rich; behold he that  hath eternal life is rich.
4 Verily, verily I say unto you, even as you desire of me, so shall it be done  unto you; and, if you desire you shall be the means of doing much good in this  generation. <say nothing but repentance unto this generation.> Keep my commandments, and assist to bring forth my work  according to my commandments, and you shall be blessed.
5 Behold thou hast a gift, or thou shalt have a gift if thou wilt desire of me  in faith with an honest heart, believing in the power of Jesus Christ, or in my  power which speaketh unto thee: for behold it is I that speaketh: behold I am  the light which shineth in the darkness, and by my power I give these words  unto thee.
6 And now, verily, verily I say unto thee, put your [p. 19]
to visit us. We informed him of what the Lord was about to do for the children of men; and to reason with him out of the Bible: We also showed him that part of the work which we had translated, and labored to persuade him concerning the Gospel of Jesus Christ which was now about to be revealed in it’s fulness. He was not however very easily persuaded of these things, but after much enquiry and explanation, he retired to the woods, in order that by secret and fervent prayer he might obtain of a merciful God, wisdom to enable him to judge for himself: The result was that he obtained revelation for himself sufficient to convince him of the truth of our assertions to him and on the [blank] twenty fifth day of that same month in which we had been and ; baptized him, And he returned to ’s house greatly glorifying and praising God, being filled with the Holy Spirit. Not many days afterwards, my brother came to us to enquire concerning these things, when at his earnest request, I enquired of the Lord through the , and received for him the following
Revelation given to , at , Susquehanah County, Pensylvania. May 1829.
1 A great and marvelous work is about to come forth among the children of men: behold I am God and give heed to 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 word.
2 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, whosoever will thrust in his sickle and reap, the same is called of God: therefore, if you will ask of me, you shall receive; if you will knock it shall be opened unto you.
3 Now as you have asked, behold I say unto you keep my , and seek to bring forth and establish the cause of Zion. Seek not for riches, but for wisdom, and behold the mysteries of God shall be unfolded unto you, and then shall you be made rich; behold he that hath eternal life is rich.
4 Verily, verily I say unto you, even as you desire of me, so shall it be done unto you; and, if you desire you shall be the means of doing much good in this generation. say nothing but repentance unto this generation. Keep my commandments, and assist to bring forth my work according to my commandments, and you shall be blessed.
5 Behold thou hast a gift, or thou shalt have a gift if thou wilt desire of me in faith with an honest heart, believing in the power of Jesus Christ, or in my power which speaketh unto thee: for behold it is I that speaketh: behold I am the light which shineth in the darkness, and by my power I give these words unto thee.
6 And now, verily, verily I say unto thee, put your [p. 19]
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