History, circa 1841, draft [Draft 3]

  • Source Note
  • Historical Introduction
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is the word that we received
And the Lord said unto me  John my beloved what desirest thou for if you  ask what you will it shall be granted unto you  and I said Lord unto him Lord give me  power over death—that I may live and bring  souls to thee.
And the Lord said unto me  Verily Verily I say unto you thee thou bec ause thou desiredst this thou shalt tarry until  I come in my glory and shall prophesy before  nations kindreds tongues & people.
And for this cause the Lord said unto  Peter If if I will that he tarry till I come what  is that to thee— For he desired of me that he  might bring souls unto me; but thou desiredst  that thou might speedily come unto me in my  kingdom—
I say unto thee Peter this was a  good desire, but my beloved has desired that he  might do more or a greater work yet among men  than what he has done yea he has undertaken  a greater work; therefore I will make him a  flaming fire and a ministering angel— He  shall be a minister to those who <shall be> are heirs of sal vation who dwell on the earth; I will make  thee to minister for him and for thy brother James:  and unto you three will I give this power and the  keys of this ministery untill I come— Verily Verily  I say unto you ye shall both have according to  your desires for ye both joy in that which you  have desired.
Whilst continuing the work of  translation, (during this month of April,) become exceedingly anxious to have the  power to translate bestowed upon him, and in  relation to this desire the following <Revelation> translation  was obtained—
verily, verily I say [p. 31]
is the word that we received
And the Lord said unto me John my beloved what desirest thou for if you ask what you will it shall be granted unto you and I said unto him Lord give me power over death—that I may live and bring souls to thee.
And the Lord said unto me Verily Verily I say unto thee because thou desiredst this thou shalt tarry until I come in my glory and shall prophesy before nations kindreds tongues & people.
And for this cause the Lord said unto Peter if I will that he tarry till I come what is that to thee— For he desired of me that he might bring souls unto me; but thou desiredst that thou might speedily come unto me in my kingdom—
I say unto thee Peter this was a good desire, but my beloved has desired that he might do more or a greater work yet among men than what he has done yea he has undertaken a greater work; therefore I will make him a flaming fire and a ministering angel— He shall be a minister to those who shall be heirs of salvation who dwell on the earth; I will make thee to minister for him and for thy brother James: and unto you three will I give this power and the keys of this ministery untill I come— Verily Verily I say unto you ye shall both have according to your desires for ye both joy in that which you have desired.
Whilst continuing the work of translation, (during this month of April,) become exceedingly anxious to have power to translate bestowed upon him, and in relation to this desire the following Revelation was obtained—
verily, verily I say [p. 31]
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