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

  • Source Note
  • Historical Introduction
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and if they supposed me to be deluded to have endeavoured in a proper and affectionate  manner to have reclaimed me) I was left to all kinds of temptations, and mingling <with> all kinds  of society I frequently <fell> into many foolish errors and displayed the weakness of youth and  the corruption <foibles> of human nature which I am sorry to say led me into divers temptations  to the gratification of many appetites offensive in the sight of God. <See Note C. P. 133> In consequence of  these things I often felt condemned for my weakness and imperfections; when on the evening  of the above mentioned twenty first of september, after I had retired to my bed for the night  I betook myself to prayer and supplication to Almighty God for forgiveness of all my  sins and follies, and also for a manifestation to me that I might know of my state and standing  before him. For I had full confidence in obtaining a divine manifestation as I had previously  had one. While I was thus in the act of calling upon God, I discovered a light appearing in  the room which continued to increase untill the room was lighter than at noonday and <when>  immediately a personage <appeared> at my bedside standing in the air for his feet did not touch the  floor. He had on a loose robe of most exquisite whiteness. It was a whiteness beyond any<thing>  earthly I had ever seen, nor do I believe that any earthly thing could be made to appear  so exceedinly white and brilliant, His hands were naked and his arms also a little above the  wrist<s>. So also were his feet naked as were his legs a little above the ankles. His head and neck  were also bare. I could discover that he had no other clothing on but this robe as it was open  so that I could see into his bosom. Not only was his robe exceedingly white but his  whole person was glorious beyond description, and his countenance truly like lightning.  The room was exceedingly light, but not so very bright as immediately around his person.  When I first looked upon him I was afraid, but the fear soon left me. He called me by  name and said unto me that he was a messenger sent from the presence of God to me  and that his name was Nephi <*Moroni>. <*Evidently a clerical error; see Book Doc &amp; Cov., Sec 50, par 2; Sec 106, par 20; also Elder’s Journal Vol. 1, page 43. Should read Moroni.> That God had a work for me to do, and that my <name> should  be had for good and evil among all nations kindreds and tongues. or that it should be both  good and evil spoken of among all people. He said there was a book deposited written upon  gold plates, giving an account of the former inhabitants of this continent and the source  from whence they sprang. He also said that the fullness of the everlasting Gospel was con tained in it as delivered by the Saviour to the ancient inhabitants. Also that there were  two stones in silver bows and these (put in <stones fastened> to a breast plate) which constituted what is  called the deposited with the plates, and <the possession and use of these stones> that was what constituted   in ancient or former times and that God <had> prepared them for the purpose of  the book. After telling me these things he commenced quoting the prophecies of the Old testa ment, he first quoted part of the third chapter of Malachi and he quoted also the fourth  or last chapter of the same prophecy though with a little variation from the way it reads  in our Bibles. Instead of quoting the first verse as reads in our books he quoted it thus, “For  behold the day cometh that shall burn as an oven, and all the proud <yea> and all that do wick edly shall burn as stubble, for <they day> that cometh shall burn them saith the Lord of hosts, that it  shall leave them neither root nor branch.” And again he quoted the fifth verse thus, “Behold  I will reveal unto you the by the hand of Elijah the prophet before the coming  of the great and dreadful day of the Lord.” He also quoted the next verse differently, [p. 5]
and if they supposed me to be deluded to have endeavoured in a proper and affectionate manner to have reclaimed me) I was left to all kinds of temptations, and mingling with society I frequently fell into many foolish errors and displayed the weakness of youth and the foibles of human nature which I am sorry to say led me into divers temptations offensive in the sight of God. See Note C. P. 133 In consequence of these things I often felt condemned for my weakness and imperfections; when on the evening of the above mentioned twenty first of september, after I had retired to my bed for the night I betook myself to prayer and supplication to Almighty God for forgiveness of all my sins and follies, and also for a manifestation to me that I might know of my state and standing before him. For I had full confidence in obtaining a divine manifestation as I had previously had one. While I was thus in the act of calling upon God, I discovered a light appearing in the room which continued to increase untill the room was lighter than at noonday when immediately a personage appeared at my bedside standing in the air for his feet did not touch the floor. He had on a loose robe of most exquisite whiteness. It was a whiteness beyond anything earthly I had ever seen, nor do I believe that any earthly thing could be made to appear so exceedinly white and brilliant, His hands were naked and his arms also a little above the wrists. So also were his feet naked as were his legs a little above the ankles. His head and neck were also bare. I could discover that he had no other clothing on but this robe as it was open so that I could see into his bosom. Not only was his robe exceedingly white but his whole person was glorious beyond description, and his countenance truly like lightning. The room was exceedingly light, but not so very bright as immediately around his person. When I first looked upon him I was afraid, but the fear soon left me. He called me by name and said unto me that he was a messenger sent from the presence of God to me and that his name was Nephi *Moroni. *Evidently a clerical error; see Book Doc &amp; Cov., Sec 50, par 2; Sec 106, par 20; also Elder’s Journal Vol. 1, page 43. Should read Moroni. That God had a work for me to do, and that my name should be had for good and evil among all nations kindreds and tongues. or that it should be both good and evil spoken of among all people. He said there was a book deposited written upon gold plates, giving an account of the former inhabitants of this continent and the source from whence they sprang. He also said that the fullness of the everlasting Gospel was contained in it as delivered by the Saviour to the ancient inhabitants. Also that there were two stones in silver bows and these ( stones fastened to a breast plate) constituted what is called the deposited with the plates, and the possession and use of these stones was what constituted in ancient or former times and that God had prepared them for the purpose of the book. After telling me these things he commenced quoting the prophecies of the Old testament, he first quoted part of the third chapter of Malachi and he quoted also the fourth or last chapter of the same prophecy though with a little variation from the way it reads in our Bibles. Instead of quoting the first verse as reads in our books he quoted it thus, “For behold the day cometh that shall burn as an oven, and all the proud yea and all that do wickedly shall burn as stubble, for the day that cometh shall burn them saith the Lord of hosts, that it shall leave them neither root nor branch.” And again he quoted the fifth verse thus, “Behold I will reveal unto you the by the hand of Elijah the prophet before the coming of the great and dreadful day of the Lord.” He also quoted the next verse differently, [p. 5]
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