History, 1838–1856, volume B-1 [1 September 1834–2 November 1838]

  • Source Note
  • Historical Introduction
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, Chenango County, New York, came in to make some <November 13.> enquiries about ’s family. We entered into conversation upon religious subjects, and went to s and spent the evening in conversation. We preached the Gospel to him, and bore testimony of what we had seen and heard. He attempted to raise some objections, but the force of truth bore him down and he was silent although unbeleiving. I returned home and retired to rest.
14 November 1835 • Saturday
<14> Saturday Morning 14th. Thus came the word of the Lord <Word of the Lord concerning > unto me saying;
verily thus saith the Lord unto my Servant Joseph, concerning my servant , behold, his sins are forgiven him, because of his desires to do the works of righteousness, therefore inasmuch as he will continue to hearken unto my voice he shall be blessed with wisdom, and with a sound mind even above his fellows. Behold it shall come to pass in his day, that he shall see great things shew forth themselves unto my people, he shall see much of my ancient Records, and shall know of hidden things, and shall be endowed with a knowledge of hidden languages; and if he desires and shall seek it at my hand he shall be privileged with writing much of my word, as a scribe unto me for the benefit of my people; Therefore this shall be his calling until I shall order it otherwise in my wisdom, and it shall be said of him in <a> time to come; Behold , the Lord’s Scribe, for the Lord’s Seer [HC 2:311] whom he hath appointed in Israel: Therefore, if he will keep my commandments, he shall be lifted up at the last day, even so. Amen.
This after-noon. , of , Ohio. called on me to enquire about the establishment of the church, and to be instructed in doctrine more perfectly: I gave him a brief relation of my experience while in my juvenile years, say from six years old up to the time I received the first visitation of Angels, which was when I was about fourteen years old. also the revelations that I received afterwards concerning the book of mormon, and a short account of the rise and progress of the church up to this date. He listened very attentively, and seemed highly gratified, and intends to unite with the church.
15 November 1835 • Sunday
<Sabbath. 15. Meting> On Sabbath morning 15th. he [Erastus Holmes] went with me to meeting, which was held in the school-house, as the was not finished plastering. preached on the subject of men’s being called to preach the gospel, their qualifications &c.. We had a fine discourse it was very interesting indeed. was well satisfied, and returned and dined with me. Said has been a member of the Methodist Church and was excommunicated for receiving the elders of the <afternoon. ’s case> Latter Day Saints into his house. Went to meeting in the afternoon. Before partaking of the sacrament, ’s case [p. 642]
, Chenango County, New York, came in to make some November 13. enquiries about ’s family. We entered into conversation upon religious subjects, and went to s and spent the evening in conversation. We preached the Gospel to him, and bore testimony of what we had seen and heard. He attempted to raise some objections, but the force of truth bore him down and he was silent although unbeleiving. I returned home and retired to rest.
14 November 1835 • Saturday
14 Saturday Morning 14th. Thus came the word of the Lord Word of the Lord concerning unto me saying;
verily thus saith the Lord unto my Servant Joseph, concerning my servant , behold, his sins are forgiven him, because of his desires to do the works of righteousness, therefore inasmuch as he will continue to hearken unto my voice he shall be blessed with wisdom, and with a sound mind even above his fellows. Behold it shall come to pass in his day, that he shall see great things shew forth themselves unto my people, he shall see much of my ancient Records, and shall know of hidden things, and shall be endowed with a knowledge of hidden languages; and if he desires and shall seek it at my hand he shall be privileged with writing much of my word, as a scribe unto me for the benefit of my people; Therefore this shall be his calling until I shall order it otherwise in my wisdom, and it shall be said of him in a time to come; Behold , the Lord’s Scribe, for the Lord’s Seer [HC 2:311] whom he hath appointed in Israel: Therefore, if he will keep my commandments, he shall be lifted up at the last day, even so. Amen.
This after-noon. , of , Ohio. called on me to enquire about the establishment of the church, and to be instructed in doctrine more perfectly: I gave him a brief relation of my experience while in my juvenile years, say from six years old up to the time I received the first visitation of Angels, which was when I was about fourteen years old. also the revelations that I received afterwards concerning the book of mormon, and a short account of the rise and progress of the church up to this date. He listened very attentively, and seemed highly gratified, and intends to unite with the church.
15 November 1835 • Sunday
Sabbath. 15. Meting On Sabbath morning 15th. he [Erastus Holmes] went with me to meeting, which was held in the school-house, as the was not finished plastering. preached on the subject of men’s being called to preach the gospel, their qualifications &c.. We had a fine discourse it was very interesting indeed. was well satisfied, and returned and dined with me. Said has been a member of the Methodist Church and was excommunicated for receiving the elders of the afternoon. ’s case Latter Day Saints into his house. Went to meeting in the afternoon. Before partaking of the sacrament, ’s case [p. 642]
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