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

  • Source Note
  • Historical Introduction
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of the Lord us, that we should bear record of it; wherefore, to be obedient  unto the commandments of God, we bear testimony of these things. And we know  that if we are faithful in Christ, we shall rid our garments of the blood of all men,  and be found spotless before the judgement seat of Christ, and shall dwell with him  eternally in the heavens. And the honor be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the  Holy Ghost, which is one God. Amen.
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Soon after these things had transpired the following additional tes[t]imony was obtained.
And also the Testimony of Eight Witnesses.
Be it known unto all nations, kindreds, tongues, and people, unto  whom this work shall come, that Joseph Smith Jr, the translator of this work  has shewn unto us, the plates of which hath been spoken, which have the appearance  of gold; and as many of the leaves as the said Smith has translated, we did handle with  our hands: and we also saw the engravings thereon, all of which has the appearance  of ancient work, and of curious workmanship. And this we bear record with words  of soberness, that the said Smith has shewn unto us, for we have seen and hefted, and  know of a surety, that the said Smith has got the plates of which we have spoken.  And we give our names unto the world, to witness unto the world, that which we  have seen; and we lie not, God bearing witness of it.
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Mean time we continued to , at intervals, when not necessitated  to attend to the numerous enquirers, that now began to visit us; some for the  sake of finding the truth, others for the purpose of putting hard questions, and  trying to confound us, among the latter class, were several learned Priests <who>  generally came for the purpose of disputation: However the Lord continued to pour  out upon us his Holy Spirit, and as often as we had need, he gave us in that mo ment what to say; so that although unlearned, and inexperienced in religious  controversies, yet were we able to confound those learned Rabbi’s of the day, whilst  at the same time, we were enabled to convince the honest in heart, that we had  obtained (through the mercy of God) to the true and everlasting gospel of Jesus Christ,  so that almost daily we administered the ordinance of for the remission  of sins, so such as believed. We now became anxious to have that promise  realized to us, which the Angel that conferred upon us the [p. 26]
of the Lord us, that we should bear record of it; wherefore, to be obedient unto the commandments of God, we bear testimony of these things. And we know that if we are faithful in Christ, we shall rid our garments of the blood of all men, and be found spotless before the judgement seat of Christ, and shall dwell with him eternally in the heavens. And the honor be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Ghost, which is one God. Amen.
.
Soon after these things had transpired the following additional testimony was obtained.
And also the Testimony of Eight Witnesses.
Be it known unto all nations, kindreds, tongues, and people, unto whom this work shall come, that Joseph Smith Jr, the translator of this work has shewn unto us, the plates of which hath been spoken, which have the appearance of gold; and as many of the leaves as the said Smith has translated, we did handle with our hands: and we also saw the engravings thereon, all of which has the appearance of ancient work, and of curious workmanship. And this we bear record with words of soberness, that the said Smith has shewn unto us, for we have seen and hefted, and know of a surety, that the said Smith has got the plates of which we have spoken. And we give our names unto the world, to witness unto the world, that which we have seen; and we lie not, God bearing witness of it.
.
Mean time we continued to , at intervals, when not necessitated to attend to the numerous enquirers, that now began to visit us; some for the sake of finding the truth, others for the purpose of putting hard questions, and trying to confound us, among the latter class, were several learned Priests who generally came for the purpose of disputation: However the Lord continued to pour out upon us his Holy Spirit, and as often as we had need, he gave us in that moment what to say; so that although unlearned, and inexperienced in religious controversies, yet were we able to confound those learned Rabbi’s of the day, whilst at the same time, we were enabled to convince the honest in heart, that we had obtained (through the mercy of God) to the true and everlasting gospel of Jesus Christ, so that almost daily we administered the ordinance of for the remission of sins, so such as believed. We now became anxious to have that promise realized to us, which the Angel that conferred upon us the [p. 26]
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