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

  • Source Note
  • Historical Introduction
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Revelation to , , and , at  , Seneca County, New York, June 1829. Given previous to their  viewing the plates containing the Book of Mormon.
1 Behold I say unto you, that you must rely upon my word, which if you  do with full purpose of heart, you shall have a view of the plates, and also the breast plate, the sword of Laban, the which were given to the brother  of on the mount, when he talked with the Lord face to face, and the mir aculous directors which were given to Lehi while in the wilderness, on the borders of  the red sea; and it is by <your> faith that you shall obtain a view of them; even by that  faith which was had by the prophets of old.
2 And after that you have obtained faith and have seen them with your eyes,  you shall testify of them by the power of God; and this you shall do that my servant  Joseph Smith jr, may not be destroyed, that I may bring about my righteous pur poses unto the children of men in this work. And ye shall testify that you have  seen them, even as my servant Joseph Smith Jr has seen them, for it is by my power  that he has seen them, and it is because he had faith: and he has  the book, even that part which I have him, and as your Lord and your  God liveth it is true. 3 Wherefore you have received the same power, and  the same faith, and the same gift like unto him; and if you do these last comm andments of mine, which I have given you, the gates of hell shall not prevail  against you; for my grace is sufficient for you: and you shall be lifted up at  the last day.— And I, Jesus Christ, your Lord and your God, have spoken  it unto you, that I might bring my righteous purposes unto the children of men. A[men.]
Not many days after the above commandment was given, we four, viz  , , and myself, agreed to retire  into the woods, and try to obtain by fervent and humble prayer, the fulfilment  of the promises given in this revelation; that they should have a view of the pl[ates] &c[.]  we accordingly made choice of a piece of woods convenient to Mr Whitmer’s [house],  to which we retired, and having knelt down, we began to pray in much faith, to  Almighty God to bestow upon us a realization of those promises. According to  previous arrangement, I commenced by vocal prayer to our Heavenly Father  and was folowed by each of the rest in succession; we did not yet however obtain  any answer or manifestation of the divine favour in our behalf. We again observed  the same order of prayer each calling on and praying fervently to God in rotation;  but with the same result as before. Upon this our second failure,  proposed that he would withdraw himself from us, believing as he expressed himself  that his presence was the cause of our not obtaining what we wished for: He  accordingly withdrew from us, and we knelt down again, and had not been [p. 24]
Revelation to , , and , at , Seneca County, New York, June 1829. Given previous to their viewing the plates containing the Book of Mormon.
1 Behold I say unto you, that you must rely upon my word, which if you do with full purpose of heart, you shall have a view of the plates, and also the breastplate, the sword of Laban, the which were given to the brother of on the mount, when he talked with the Lord face to face, and the miraculous directors which were given to Lehi while in the wilderness, on the borders of the red sea; and it is by your faith that you shall obtain a view of them; even by that faith which was had by the prophets of old.
2 And after that you have obtained faith and have seen them with your eyes, you shall testify of them by the power of God; and this you shall do that my servant Joseph Smith jr, may not be destroyed, that I may bring about my righteous purposes unto the children of men in this work. And ye shall testify that you have seen them, even as my servant Joseph Smith Jr has seen them, for it is by my power that he has seen them, and it is because he had faith: and he has the book, even that part which I have him, and as your Lord and your God liveth it is true. 3 Wherefore you have received the same power, and the same faith, and the same gift like unto him; and if you do these last commandments of mine, which I have given you, the gates of hell shall not prevail against you; for my grace is sufficient for you: and you shall be lifted up at the last day.— And I, Jesus Christ, your Lord and your God, have spoken it unto you, that I might bring my righteous purposes unto the children of men. Amen.
Not many days after the above commandment was given, we four, viz , , and myself, agreed to retire into the woods, and try to obtain by fervent and humble prayer, the fulfilment of the promises given in this revelation; that they should have a view of the plates &c. we accordingly made choice of a piece of woods convenient to Mr Whitmer’s [house], to which we retired, and having knelt down, we began to pray in much faith, to Almighty God to bestow upon us a realization of those promises. According to previous arrangement, I commenced by vocal prayer to our Heavenly Father and was folowed by each of the rest in succession; we did not yet however obtain any answer or manifestation of the divine favour in our behalf. We again observed the same order of prayer each calling on and praying fervently to God in rotation; but with the same result as before. Upon this our second failure, proposed that he would withdraw himself from us, believing as he expressed himself that his presence was the cause of our not obtaining what we wished for: He accordingly withdrew from us, and we knelt down again, and had not been [p. 24]
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