History, circa 1841, draft [Draft 3]

  • Source Note
  • Historical Introduction
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have spoken. And if this be the case I command  you my se[r]vant Joseph, that you shall say unto  him that he shall do no more, nor trouble me  any more concerning this matter; and if this  be the case behold I say unto thee Joseph.  when thou hast translated a few more pages, thou  shalt stop for a season, even until I command  thee again, then thou mayest translate again.  and except thou do this, behold thou shalt have no  more gift, and I will take away the th[i]ngs which  I have entrusted with thee, and now because I foresee  the lying in wait to destroy thee; yea I foresee  that if my Se[r]vant , humbleth not  not himself, and recieve <a> witness from my hand, that  he will fall into transgression, and there are many  that lie in wait to destroy thee. from off the face  of the Earth; and for this cause <that> thy days may be  prolonged, I have given unto thee these comm andments. Yea for this cause, I have said stop  and stand still, until I command thee, and  I will provide means whereby thou mayest  accomplish the thing which I hav commanded thee.  and if thou art faithful, on in keeping my Comm andments, thou shalt be lifted up at the last day.
Amen.
On the fifth day of April. 1829,  cam[e] to my house. (untill which time I had  never seen him) and stated to me that having  been teaching school, in the neighbourhood where  my resided, and <learning> from him some of the  family, learning that I had received the plates,  and now came to make inquiries of me, Two  days after the arrival of , I com menced translating the Book of Mormon: and  he commenced writing for me; which having [p. 26]
have spoken. And if this be the case I command you my servant Joseph, that you shall say unto him that he shall do no more, nor trouble me any more concerning this matter; and if this be the case behold I say unto thee Joseph. when thou hast translated a few more pages, thou shalt stop for a season, even until I command thee again, then thou mayest translate again. and except thou do this, behold thou shalt have no more gift, and I will take away the things which I have entrusted with thee, and now because I foresee the lying in wait to destroy thee; yea I foresee that if my Servant , humbleth not himself, and recieve a witness from my hand, that he will fall into transgression, and there are many that lie in wait to destroy thee. from off the face of the Earth; and for this cause that thy days may be prolonged, I have given unto thee these commandments. Yea for this cause, I have said stop and stand still, until I command thee, and I will provide means whereby thou mayest accomplish the thing which I hav commanded thee. and if thou art faithful, in keeping my Commandments, thou shalt be lifted up at the last day.
Amen.
On the fifth day of April. 1829, came to my house. (untill which time I had never seen him) and stated to me that having been teaching school, in the neighbourhood where my resided, and learning from some of the family, that I had received the plates, now came to make inquiries of me, Two days after the arrival of , I commenced translating the Book of Mormon: and he commenced writing for me; which having [p. 26]
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