History, circa 1841, draft [Draft 3]

  • Source Note
  • Historical Introduction
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no such feelings but you shall have a stupor  of thought that shall cause you to forget the  thing wich is wrong; therefore you cannot  write that which is sacred save it be given  you from me.
Now if you could had known  this could you could have translated; Never theless it is not expedient that you should trans late now.
Behold it was expedient when  when you commenced but you feared and  the time is past, and it is not expedient  now; for do you not behold that I have given unto  my servant Joseph sufficient strength whereby  it is made up and neither of you have I con demned.
Do this thing which I have com manded you and you shall prosper. Be  faithful and yield to no temptation. Stand  fast in the work wherewith I have called you  and a hair of your head shall not be lost  and you shall be lifted up at the last day  amen
We still continued the work of translation  and in the ensuing month (May 1829) on  a certain day we went into the woods to pray  and inquire of the Lord respecting baptism  for the remission of sins spoken of in the  translation of the Plates.
While we were  thus praying & calling upon the Lord a  Messenger decended in a cloud <of light from> from heaven  and having laid his hands upon us ordained  us saying upon you my fellow servants in  the name of the Messiah I confer the Priesthood  of Aaron which holds the keys of the minister ing of Angels and of the Gospel of repentence  and baptism by immersion for the remis sion of sins and this shall never be taken  from the earth until the sons of Levi do offer [p. 34]
no such feelings but you shall have a stupor of thought that shall cause you to forget the thing wich is wrong; therefore you cannot write that which is sacred save it be given you from me.
Now if you had known this you could have translated; Nevertheless it is not expedient that you should translate now.
Behold it was expedient when you commenced but you feared and the time is past, and it is not expedient now; for do you not behold that I have given unto my servant Joseph sufficient strength whereby it is made up and neither of you have I condemned.
Do this thing which I have commanded you and you shall prosper. Be faithful and yield to no temptation. Stand fast in the work wherewith I have called you and a hair of your head shall not be lost and you shall be lifted up at the last day amen
We still continued the work of translation and in the ensuing month (May 1829) on a certain day we went into the woods to pray and inquire of the Lord respecting baptism for the remission of sins spoken of in the translation of the Plates.
While we were thus praying & calling upon the Lord a Messenger decended in a cloud of light from heaven and having laid his hands upon us ordained us saying upon you my fellow servants in the name of the Messiah I confer the Priesthood of Aaron which holds the keys of the ministering of Angels and the Gospel of repentence and baptism by immersion for the remission of sins and this shall never be taken from the earth until the sons of Levi do [p. 34]
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