History, circa 1841, draft [Draft 3]

  • Source Note
  • Historical Introduction
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And I enquired of the Lord. through them,  and obtained the following Revelation.
The works, and the designs. and the pur poses, of God cannot be frustrated; neither can  they come to nought: for God does doth not walk  in crooked paths, neither doth he turn to the  right hand, or to the left; neither doth he vary from  that which he hath said: therefore his paths are strai ght, and his course is <is> one eternal round.
Remember, remember, that it is not the work of  God, that is frustrated, but the works of men:  for although a man may have many revelations.  and have power to do many mighty works,— Yet  if he boast in his own strength. and set at noug ht, the counsels of God; and follow after the dic tates of his own will, and carnal desires. he  must fall and incur the vengeance of a  just God upon him.
Behold you  have been intrusted, with these things; but how  strict were your commandments, and reme mber. and remember also. the promises, that  which were made unto you, if you did not transgress  them; and behold how oft you have transgressed  the commandments, and laws of God: and have  gone on in the persuasions of men; for behold  you should not feared men. more than God;  although men set at nought the counsels of God;  and despise his words: yet you should have  been faithful, and he would have extended  his arm, and supported you, against all  the fiery darts of the. Adversary; and he would  have been with you. in every time of trouble.
Behold thou art Joseph. and thou wast  chosen to do the work of the Lord; but because [p. 15]
And I enquired of the Lord. through them, and obtained the following Revelation.
The works, and the designs. and the purposes, of God cannot be frustrated; neither can they come to nought: for God doth not walk in crooked paths, neither doth he turn to the right hand, or to the left; neither doth he vary from that which he hath said: therefore his paths are straight, and his course is one eternal round.
Remember, remember, that it is not the work of God, that is frustrated, but the works of men: for although a man may have many revelations. and have power to do many mighty works,— Yet if he boast in his own strength. and set at nought, the counsels of God; and follow after the dictates of his own will, and carnal desires. he must fall and incur the vengeance of a just God .
Behold you have been intrusted, with these things; but how strict were your commandments, and remember also. the promises, which were made to you, if you did not transgress them; and behold how oft you have transgressed the commandments, and laws of God: and have gone on in the persuasions of men; for behold you should not fear men. more than God; although men set at nought the counsels of God; and despise his words: yet you should have been faithful, and he would have extended his arm, and supported you, against all the fiery darts of the. Adversary; and he would have been with you. in every time of trouble.
Behold thou art Joseph. and thou wast chosen to do the work of the Lord; but because [p. 15]
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