History, circa 1841, draft [Draft 3]

  • Source Note
  • Historical Introduction
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After I had obtained the above revelation,  both the plates and the Urim and Thummin  were taken from me again; but in a few days  they were returned to me, when I enquired of  the Lord. and the Lord <he> said thus unto me.
1 Now I Behold I say unto you, that because  you delivered up those writings which you had  power given unto you to translate, by the means  of the Urim and Thummin; into the hands  of a wicked man, you have lost them, and you  also lost your gift at the same time, and  your mind became darkened; nevertheless it is  now restored to you again. Therefore see that you  are faithful and continue on unto the finish ing of the remainder of the work of translation.  as you have begun; Do not run faster or labor  more than you have strength and means pro vided you to enable you to translate, but be diligent  unto the end; pray always that you may come  off conquerer, yea that you may conquer Satan  and that you may escape the hands of the Servants  of Satan. that do uphold his works. Behold they have  sought to destroy you, yea even the man in  whom you have trusted has sought to destroy  you; And for this cause I said <that> ‘he is a wicked man,[’]  for he has sought to take away the things wherewith  you have been intrusted; and he has also sought  to destroy your gift, and because you have delivered  the writings into his hands, behold wicked men  have taken them from you: Therefore you have  delivered them up, yea; that which was sacred unto  wickedness. And behold satan has put it into  their hearts to alter the words, which you have  caused to be written, or which you have translated;  which have gone out of your hands, and behold  I say unto you that because they have altered the  words they read contrary from that which you translated. [p. 17]
After I had obtained the above revelation, both the plates and the Urim and Thummin were taken from me again; but in a few days they were returned to me, when I enquired of the Lord. and he said thus unto me.
1 Now Behold I say unto you, that because you delivered up those writings which you had power given unto you to translate, by the means of the Urim and Thummin; into the hands of a wicked man, you have lost them, and you also lost your gift at the same time, and your mind became darkened; nevertheless it is now restored to you again. Therefore see that you are faithful and continue on unto the finishing of the remainder of the work of translation. as you have begun; Do not run faster or labor more than you have strength and means provided to enable you to translate, but be diligent unto the end; pray always that you may come off conquerer, yea that you may conquer Satan and that you may escape the hands of the Servants of Satan. that do uphold his works. Behold they have sought to destroy you, yea even the man in whom you have trusted has sought to destroy you; And for this cause I said ‘he is a wicked man,’ for he has sought to take away the things wherewith you have been intrusted; and he has also sought to destroy your gift, and because you have delivered the writings into his hands, behold wicked men have taken them from you: Therefore you have delivered them up, yea; that which was sacred unto wickedness. And behold satan has put it into their hearts to alter the words, which you have caused to be written, or which you have translated; which have gone out of your hands, and behold I say unto you that because they have altered the words they read contrary from that which you translated. [p. 17]
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