History, 1838–1856, volume C-1 [2 November 1838–31 July 1842]

  • Source Note
  • Historical Introduction
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<March 1> some of his purposes in this glorious dispensation. I was also informed  concerning the aboriginal inhabitants of this Country, and shown who they were,  and from whence they came; a brief sketch of their origin, progress, civilization, laws,  governments, of their righteousness and iniquity, and the blessings of God being finally  withdrawn from them as a people was made known unto me: I was also told  where were — deposited some plates on which were engraven an abridgment  of the records of the ancient prophets that had existed on this continent. The angel  appeared to me three times the same night and unfolded the same things. After  having received many visits from the Angels of God unfolding the majesty, and  glory of the events that should transpire in the last days, on the morning of the  22nd. of September A.D. 1827, the angel of the Lord delivered the records into my  hands. Thee records were engraven on plates which had the appearance  of gold, each plate was six inches wide and eight inches long and not quite so  thick as common tin. They were filled with engravings, in Egyptian characters  and bound together in a volume, as the leaves of a book with three rings running  through the whole. The volume was something near six inches in thickness, a  part of which was sealed. The characters on the unsealed part were small, and  beautifully engraved. The whole book exhibited many marks of antiquity in  its construction and much skill in the art of engraving. With the records was  found a curious instrument which the ancients called “Urim and Thummim,”  which consisted of two transparent stones set in the rim of a bow fastened to a  breastplate. Through the medium of the Urim and Thummim, I  translated the record by the gift, and power of God. In this important  and interesting book the history of ancient America is unfolded, from its first  settlement by a Colony that came from the tower of Babel, at the confusion of  languages to the beginning of the fifth century of the Christian era. We are  informed by these records that America in ancient times has been inhabited by  two distinct races of people. The first were called Jaredites and came directly  from the tower of Babel. The second race came directly from the City of Jerusalem,  about six hundred years before Christ. They were principally Israelites, of the  descendants of Joseph. The Jaredites were destroyed about the time that the Israelites  came from Jerusalem, who succeeded them in the inheritance of the Country.  The principal nation of the second race fell in battle towards the close of the fourth  century. The remnant are the Indians that now inhabit this country. This  book also tells us that our Savior made his appearance upon this continent  after his resurrection, that he planted the gospel here in all its fulness, and  richness, and power, and blessings; that they had apostles, prophets, pastors, teachers  and evangelists; the same order, the same priesthood, the same ordinances, gifts,  powers, and blessings, as were enjoyed on the Eastern Continent, that the people were  cut off in consequence of their transgressions, that the last of their prophets who existed  among them was commanded to write an abridgment of their prophesies, history, &c.  and to hide it up in the earth, and that it should come forth and be united with  the bible for the accomplishment of the purposes of God in the last days. For a  more particular account I would refer to the Book of Mormon, which can be [p. 1282]
March 1 some of his purposes in this glorious dispensation. I was also informed concerning the aboriginal inhabitants of this Country, and shown who they were, and from whence they came; a brief sketch of their origin, progress, civilization, laws, governments, of their righteousness and iniquity, and the blessings of God being finally withdrawn from them as a people was made known unto me: I was also told where were — deposited some plates on which were engraven an abridgment of the records of the ancient prophets that had existed on this continent. The angel appeared to me three times the same night and unfolded the same things. After having received many visits from the Angels of God unfolding the majesty, and glory of the events that should transpire in the last days, on the morning of the 22nd. of September A.D. 1827, the angel of the Lord delivered the records into my hands. Thee records were engraven on plates which had the appearance of gold, each plate was six inches wide and eight inches long and not quite so thick as common tin. They were filled with engravings, in Egyptian characters and bound together in a volume, as the leaves of a book with three rings running through the whole. The volume was something near six inches in thickness, a part of which was sealed. The characters on the unsealed part were small, and beautifully engraved. The whole book exhibited many marks of antiquity in its construction and much skill in the art of engraving. With the records was found a curious instrument which the ancients called “Urim and Thummim,” which consisted of two transparent stones set in the rim of a bow fastened to a breastplate. Through the medium of the Urim and Thummim, I translated the record by the gift, and power of God. In this important and interesting book the history of ancient America is unfolded, from its first settlement by a Colony that came from the tower of Babel, at the confusion of languages to the beginning of the fifth century of the Christian era. We are informed by these records that America in ancient times has been inhabited by two distinct races of people. The first were called Jaredites and came directly from the tower of Babel. The second race came directly from the City of Jerusalem, about six hundred years before Christ. They were principally Israelites, of the descendants of Joseph. The Jaredites were destroyed about the time that the Israelites came from Jerusalem, who succeeded them in the inheritance of the Country. The principal nation of the second race fell in battle towards the close of the fourth century. The remnant are the Indians that now inhabit this country. This book also tells us that our Savior made his appearance upon this continent after his resurrection, that he planted the gospel here in all its fulness, and richness, and power, and blessings; that they had apostles, prophets, pastors, teachers and evangelists; the same order, the same priesthood, the same ordinances, gifts, powers, and blessings, as were enjoyed on the Eastern Continent, that the people were cut off in consequence of their transgressions, that the last of their prophets who existed among them was commanded to write an abridgment of their prophesies, history, &c. and to hide it up in the earth, and that it should come forth and be united with the bible for the accomplishment of the purposes of God in the last days. For a more particular account I would refer to the Book of Mormon, which can be [p. 1282]
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