History, circa 1841, draft [Draft 3]

  • Source Note
  • Historical Introduction
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brightness of my coming; behold I tell you these things  even as I also told the people, of the destruction of Jer usalem; and my words shall be verified at this time,  as it hath hitherto been. And now I command you  my Servant Joseph, to repent and walk more upr ightly before me, and yield to the pursuasions of  men no more; and that you be firm in keeping the  command<ment>s wherewith I have commanded you,  and if you do this, behold I grant unto you eternal  life, even if you should be slain. And now again  again, I speak unto you my se[r]vant Joseph, con cerning the man, who desires the witness. Behold, I  say unto him, he exalts himself and does not humble  himself sufficiently before me, but if he will bow  down before me, and humble himself in mighty prayer  and faith, in the cincerity of his heart; then will  I grant unto him a view of the things which he  desires to see, and then he shall say unto the people  of this generation, behold I have seen the things  which the lord has shown to Joseph Sm[i]th Jr;  and I know of a surety that they are true, for I have  seen them, they have been shown unto me by the  power of <and> god <and> not of man. And I the the lord com mand him my se[r]vant , that he shall  say no more unto them concerning these things,  except he shall say, I have seen them, and they  have been shown unto me by the power of god.  And these are the words which he shall say;  but if he deny this, he will break the covenant  which he has made with me, and behold he is  condemned. And now except he humble him self and acknowledge unto me the things that  he has done that are wrong; and covenant  with me, that he will keep my commandments,  and exercise faith in me, behold. I Say unto  him he shall have no such views; for I will  grant unto him no views of the things of which I [p. 25]
brightness of my coming; behold I tell you these things even as I also told the people, of the destruction of Jerusalem; and my words shall be verified at this time, as it hath hitherto been. And now I command you my Servant Joseph, to repent and walk more uprightly before me, and yield to the pursuasions of men no more; and that you be firm in keeping the commandments wherewith I have commanded you, and if you do this, behold I grant unto you eternal life, even if you should be slain. And now again, I speak unto you my servant Joseph, concerning the man, who desires the witness. Behold, I say unto him, he exalts himself and does not humble himself sufficiently before me, but if he will bow down before me, and humble himself in mighty prayer and faith, in the cincerity of his heart; then will I grant unto him a view of the things which he desires to see, and then he shall say unto the people of this generation, behold I have seen the things which the lord has shown to Joseph Smith Jr; and I know of a surety that they are true, for I have seen them, they have been shown unto me by the power of god and not of man. And I the the lord command him my servant , that he shall say no more unto them concerning these things, except he shall say, I have seen them, and they have been shown unto me by the power of god. And these are the words which he shall say; but if he deny this, he will break the covenant which he has made with me, and behold he is condemned. And now except he humble himself and acknowledge unto me the things that he has done that are wrong; and covenant with me, that he will keep my commandments, and exercise faith in me, behold. I Say unto him he shall have no such views; for I will grant unto him no views of the things of which I [p. 25]
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