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

  • Source Note
  • Historical Introduction
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many minutes engaged in prayer when presently we beheld a light above us  in the air of exceeding brightness, and behold, an angel stood before us; in his  hands he held the plates which we had been praying for these to have a view of:  he turned over the leaves one by one, so that we could see them, and discern the  engravings thereon distinctly: He addressed himself to , and said,  , blessed is the Lord, and he that keeps all his :” when  immediately afterwards we heard a voice from out of the bright light above us, saying  “These plates have been revealed by the power of God, and they have been  by the power of God; the translation of them which you have seen is correct, and  I command you to bear record of what you now see and hear”.— I now left   and , and went in pursuit of , who I found at a  considerable distance fervently engaged in prayer; he soon told me however that  he had not yet prevailed with the Lord, and earnestly requested me, to join him  in prayer, that he also might realize the same blessings which we had just  recieved: we accordingly joined in prayer, and ultimately obtained our desires,  for before we had yet finished, the same vision was opened to our view; at least  it was again to me, and I once more beheld, and seen, and heard the same  things; whilst at the same moment, cried out, apparently  in an ecstasy of Joy “’Tis enough, ’tis enough; mine eyes have beheld, mine  eyes have beheld”, and jumping up he shouted, Hosanna, blessing God; and  otherwise rejoiced exceedingly. Having thus through the mercy of God, obtained  these glorious manifestations, it now remained for these three individuals to  fulfil the commandment which they had received, viz: to bear record of these  things; in order to accomplish which, they drew up and subscribed the  following document.
The Testimony of Three Witnesses.
Be it known unto all nations, kindreds, tongues, and people, unto whom this work  shall come, that we through the grace of God the Father, and our lord Jesus Christ, have  seen the plates which contain this record, which is a record of the , and  also of the , their brethren, and also of the , who came from  the tower of which has hath been spoken; and we also know that they have been translated by the  gift and power of God, for his voice hath declared it unto us; wherefore we know of  a surety, that the work is true. And we also testify that we have seen the engravings  which are upon the plates; and they have been shewn unto us by the power of God  and not of man. And we declare with words of soberness, that an angel of God  came down from Heaven, and he brought and laid before our eyes, that we beheld and  saw the plates, and the engravings thereon; and we know that it is by the grace  of God the Father, and our Lord Jesus Christ, that we beheld and bear record  that these things are true; and it is marvelous in our eyes, nevertheless, the voice [p. 25]
many minutes engaged in prayer when presently we beheld a light above us in the air of exceeding brightness, and behold, an angel stood before us; in his hands he held the plates which we had been praying for these to have a view of: he turned over the leaves one by one, so that we could see them, and discern the engravings thereon distinctly: He addressed himself to , and said, “, blessed is the Lord, and he that keeps his :” when immediately afterwards we heard a voice from out of the bright light above us, saying “These plates have been revealed by the power of God, and they have been by the power of God; the translation of them which you have seen is correct, and I command you to bear record of what you now see and hear”.— I now left and , and went in pursuit of , who I found at a considerable distance fervently engaged in prayer; he soon told me however that he had not yet prevailed with the Lord, and earnestly requested me, to join him in prayer, that he also might realize the same blessings which we had just recieved: we accordingly joined in prayer, and ultimately obtained our desires, for before we had yet finished, the same vision was opened to our view; at least it was again to me, and I once more beheld, and seen, and heard the same things; whilst at the same moment, cried out, apparently in an ecstasy of Joy “’Tis enough, ’tis enough; mine eyes have beheld, mine eyes have beheld”, and jumping up he shouted, Hosanna, blessing God; and otherwise rejoiced exceedingly. Having thus through the mercy of God, obtained these glorious manifestations, it now remained for these three individuals to fulfil the commandment which they had received, viz: to bear record of these things; in order to accomplish which, they drew up and subscribed the following document.
The Testimony of Three Witnesses.
Be it known unto all nations, kindreds, tongues, and people, unto whom this work shall come, that we through the grace of God the Father, and our lord Jesus Christ, have seen the plates which contain this record, which is a record of the , and also of the , their brethren, and also of the , who came from the tower of which hath been spoken; and we also know that they have been translated by the gift and power of God, for his voice hath declared it unto us; wherefore we know of a surety, that the work is true. And we also testify that we have seen the engravings which are upon the plates; and they have been shewn unto us by the power of God and not of man. And we declare with words of soberness, that an angel of God came down from Heaven, and he brought and laid before our eyes, that we beheld and saw the plates, and the engravings thereon; and we know that it is by the grace of God the Father, and our Lord Jesus Christ, that we beheld and bear record that these things are true; and it is marvelous in our eyes, nevertheless, the voice [p. 25]
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