History, circa 1841, draft [Draft 3]

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keep our baptism and ordination a secret  owing to a spirit of persecution already too  prevalent in the neighbourhood, Mobs  had threatened us from time to time and  that to composed <too,> of professors of religion  from which we were only preserved under  divine Providence by the influence of my  ’s <and> family who had now become  very friendly and were anxious that I  should continue the work of translation with out interuption and were determined to  protect us. After a few days feeling it  our duty we began to reason out of the sc riptures with our acquaintances and friends  in accordance with our holy calling.
About this time my brother visited us, We informed him of  what the Lord was about to do for the  children of men and reasoned with him  out of the Bible and laboured labouring to convince  him of the truth of the Gospel now about  to be revealed in its fullness<*>. <taking the acknowledged> < the bible for our guide> Not being  very easily convinced of these things he retired  into the woods that by secret and fervent  prayer he might obtain <wisdom> of a benevolent  God wisdom that he might judge for him self[.] The result was that he was <became> convinced  by revelation of the truth of the doctrines we  presented to him. In accordance with  the commands of the Gospel he was bap tized by and returned home  greatly blessed praising God <and> being filled  with the holy <Ghost> Spirit Shortly after my  brother came enquiring <after> for  these things At his earnest request I inquired  of the Lord through the Urim & Thummin and  received for him the following to Revn. <Revelation> [p. 36]
keep our baptism and ordination a secret owing to a spirit of persecution already too prevalent in the neighbourhood, Mobs had threatened us from time to time and composed too, of professors of religion from which we were only preserved under divine Providence by the influence of my and family who had now become very friendly and were anxious that I should continue the work of translation without interuption and were determined to protect us. After a few days feeling it our duty we began to reason out of the scriptures with our acquaintances and friends in accordance with our holy calling.
About this time my brother visited us, We informed him of what the Lord was about to do for the children of men and reasoned with him labouring to convince him of the truth of the Gospel now about to be revealed in its fullness*. Not being very easily convinced of these things he retired to the woods that by secret and fervent prayer he might obtain wisdom of a benevolent God that he might judge for himself. The result was that he became convinced by revelation of the truth of the doctrines we presented to him. In accordance with the commands of the Gospel he was baptized by and returned home greatly blessed praising God and filled with the holy Ghost Shortly after my brother came enquiring after these things At his earnest request I inquired of the Lord through the Urim & Thummin and received for him the following Revelation [p. 36]
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