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

  • Source Note
  • Historical Introduction
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After the meeting broke up, the brethren returned home  with Elder and conversed upon the important  things which they had proclaimed. He informed them  that he should read the Book of Mormon, give it a full  investigation, and then would frankly tell them his  mind and belief on the subject,— Told them they were  welcome to abide at his house until he had oppertuing [opportunity]  of reading it.
About two <A few> miles from Elder s, at the  town of were a number of the members of his  Church, who lived together and had all things common  from which circumstance has arisen the idea that  this was the case with the Church of Jesus Christ; to  which place they immediately repaired and proclaim ed the gospel unto them with considerable success  for their testimony was received by many of the people  and seventeen came forward in obedience to the  gospel.
While thus engaged they visited Elder  occasionally, and found him very earnestly engaged  in reading the “Book of Mormon”, praying to the Lord  for direction, and meditating on the things he heard  and read; and after a fortnight from the time the  Book was put into his hands, he was fully convinced  of the truth of the work, by a revelation from Jesus Christ  which was made known to him in a remarkable,  manner, so that he could exclaim, “flesh and blood  hath not revealed it unto me but my father which is  in heaven.”
Being now fully satisfied in his own mind  of the truth of work and the necessity of obedience thereto  he informed his wife of the same, and was happy to find,  that she was not only diligently investigating the subject  but was believing with all her heart, and was desirious  of obeying the truth, which, undoubtedly was a great  satisfaction to his mind.
The consequence <of> obeying the truth, and embracing  a system of religion so unpopular as that of the at that time was, presented itself in the  strongest possible light. At present the honors and [p. 74]
After the meeting broke up, the brethren returned home with and conversed upon the important things which they had proclaimed. He informed them that he should read the Book of Mormon, give it a full investigation, and then would frankly tell them his mind and belief on the subject,— Told them they were welcome to abide at his house until he had oppertuing [opportunity] of reading it.
A few miles from s, at the town of were a number of the members of his Church, who lived together and had all things common from which circumstance has arisen the idea that this was the case with the Church of Jesus Christ; to which place they immediately repaired and proclaimed the gospel unto them with considerable success for their testimony was received by many of the people and seventeen came forward in obedience to the gospel.
While thus engaged they visited occasionally, and found him very earnestly engaged in reading the “Book of Mormon”, praying to the Lord for direction, and meditating on the things he heard and read; and after a fortnight from the time the Book was put into his hands, he was fully convinced of the truth of the work, by a revelation from Jesus Christ which was made known to him in a remarkable, manner, so that he could exclaim, “flesh and blood hath not revealed it unto me but my father which is in heaven.”
Being now fully satisfied in his own mind of the truth of work and the necessity of obedience thereto he informed his wife of the same, and was happy to find, that she was not only diligently investigating the subject but was believing with all her heart, and was desirious of obeying the truth, which, undoubtedly was a great satisfaction to his mind.
The consequence of obeying the truth, and embracing a system of religion so unpopular as that of the at that time was, presented itself in the strongest possible light. At present the honors and [p. 74]
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