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

  • Source Note
  • Historical Introduction
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of religion, and who were not backward to maintain this privilege for themselves;  though they thus wantonly could deny it to us. For instance Cyrus McMaster  a Presbyterian of high standing in his church was one of the chief instigators of  these persecutions, and he at one time told me personally, that he considered me  guilty without judge or jury. The celebrated , also a  presbyterian, was another instigator to those deeds of outrage: Whilst a young  man named , of the same religious faith swore out the first warrant  against me. I could mention many others also, but for brevity’s sake, will make  these suffice for the present. <-[☞Here insert the sheet marked A.1.]->
Mean time, notwithstanding all the rage of  our enemies, still we had much consolation, and many things occurred to strengthen  our faith, and cheer our hearts. After our return from , the church  there, were <at >, as might be expected, <were> very anxious concerning our again visiting them,  during which time, , (wife to ) had a dream, which  enabled her to say that we would visit them that day, which really came to pass, for  a few hours afterwards we arrived, and thus was our <the> faith much <of the saints> strengthened, concern ing dreams and visions in the last days, foretold by the ancient Prophet Joel: And  although we, this time, were forced to seek safety from our enemies by flight, yet  did we feel confidence that eventualy we should come off victorious, if we only continued  faithful to Him who had called us forth from darkness, into the marvellous light  of the Everlasting Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ.

July 1830

Shortly after our return home, we received the  following .
Revelation given to Joseph Smith Jr, and , Given at , Pennsylvania, July, 1830.
1 Behold thou wast called and chosen to write the  Book of Mormon, and to my ministry; and I have lifted thee up, out of thy afflictions,  and have counselled thee, that thou hast been delivered from all thine enemies, and thou  hast been delivered from the powers of Satan, and from darkness! Nevertheless, thou  art not excusable in thy transgressions; nevertheless, go thy way, and sin no more.
2 Magnify thine office; and after thou hast sowed thy fields, and secured them,  go speedily unto the which is in , and , and they  shall support thee; and I will bless them both spiritually and temporally; but if  they receive thee not, I will send upon them a cursing instead of a blessing.
3 And thou shalt continue <in> calling upon God in my name, and writing the things  which shall be given thee by the comforter, and expounding all scriptures unto the church,  and it shall be given thee in the very moment, what thou shalt speak and write; and  they shall hear it, or I will send unto them a cursing instead of a blessing:
4 For thou shalt devote all thy service in . And in this thou shalt have  strength. Be patient in afflictions, for thou shalt have many: but endure them, [p. 48]
of religion, and who were not backward to maintain this privilege for themselves; though they thus wantonly could deny it to us. For instance Cyrus McMaster a Presbyterian of high standing in his church was one of the chief instigators of these persecutions, and he at one time told me personally, that he considered me guilty without judge or jury. The celebrated , also a presbyterian, was another instigator to those deeds of outrage: Whilst a young man named , of the same religious faith swore out the first warrant against me. I could mention many others also, but for brevity’s sake, will make these suffice for the present. -[☞Here insert the sheet marked A.1.]-
Mean time, notwithstanding all the rage of our enemies, still we had much consolation, and many things occurred to strengthen our faith, and cheer our hearts. After our return , the church at , as might be expected, were very anxious concerning our again visiting them, during which time, , (wife to ) had a dream, which enabled her to say that we would visit them that day, which really came to pass, for a few hours afterwards we arrived, and thus was the faith of the saints strengthened, concerning dreams and visions in the last days, foretold by the ancient Prophet Joel: And although we, this time, were forced to seek safety from our enemies by flight, yet did we feel confidence that eventualy we should come off victorious, if we only continued faithful to Him who had called us forth from darkness, into the marvellous light of the Everlasting Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ.

July 1830

Shortly after our return home, we received the following .
Revelation given to Joseph Smith Jr, and , Given at , Pennsylvania, July, 1830.
1 Behold thou wast called and chosen to write the Book of Mormon, and to my ministry; and I have lifted thee up, out of thy afflictions, and have counselled thee, that thou hast been delivered from all thine enemies, and thou hast been delivered from the powers of Satan, and from darkness! Nevertheless, thou art not excusable in thy transgressions; nevertheless, go thy way, and sin no more.
2 Magnify thine office; and after thou hast sowed thy fields, and secured them, go speedily unto the which is in , and , and they shall support thee; and I will bless them both spiritually and temporally; but if they receive thee not, I will send upon them a cursing instead of a blessing.
3 And thou shalt continue in calling upon God in my name, and writing the things which shall be given thee by the comforter, and expounding all scriptures unto the church, and it shall be given thee in the very moment, what thou shalt speak and write; and they shall hear it, or I will send unto them a cursing instead of a blessing:
4 For thou shalt devote all thy service in . And in this thou shalt have strength. Be patient in afflictions, for thou shalt have many: but endure them, [p. 48]
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