History, circa 1841, draft [Draft 3]

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of the sects were right. (for I supposed that one of them  were so.) and which I should join. I was answered  “join none of them; they are all are wrong—their creeds  are an abomination in my sight—those professors  are all corrupt—they draw near <to> me with their  lips. but their hearts are far from me.— They  teach for doctrine. the commandments of men.  having a form of Godliness. but they deny the power  thereof”. He again borfade [forbade] me to join any  of them; and many other things. did he say  unto me; which I cannot write at this time.
When I came to myself again, I was lying on  my my back, looking up into heaven. A few days  after this, I happened to be in company, with one  of the Methodist preachers. who had been very  active in the before mentioned excitement; whilst  conversing with him on the subject of religion.  I gave him an account of the vision which I  had I seen, I was greatly surprised at the manner  he treated my communication; avowing it to be  of the Devil; that there could be no visions or  revelations from God in these days: that they had  ceased with the Apostles. and never would be restored  again. I soon found that a relation of the this  fact excited the prejudice of the professors of  religion. and caused them to persecute me.
Although an obscure boy. <about> fifteen years old. my cir cumstances in life being such as to make me  of but little consequence in the world. Yet men  of high standing. endeavored to excite the publick  mind <against me.> against me and cause the sects to unite  in persecuting me. My mind was now satisfied.  that it was my duty to join none of the sects. but  to continue as I was, untill further directed. I had  found the testimony of James true to be true; that  a man lacking wisdom might <ask of God.> call upon [p. 4]
of the sects were right. (for I supposed that one of them were so.) and which I should join. I was answered “join none of them; they all are wrong—their creeds are an abomination in my sight—those professors are all corrupt—they draw near to me with their lips. but their hearts are far from me.— They teach for doctrine. the commandments of men. having a form of Godliness. but they deny the power thereof”. He again borfade [forbade] me to join any of them; and many other things. did he say unto me; which I cannot write at this time.
When I came to myself , I was lying on my back, looking up into heaven. A few days after this, I happened to be in company, with one of the Methodist preachers. who had been very active in the before mentioned excitement; whilst conversing with him on the subject of religion. I gave him an account of the vision which I had seen, I was greatly surprised at the manner he treated my communication; avowing it to be of the Devil; that there could be no visions or revelations from God in these days: that they had ceased with the Apostles. and never would be restored again. I soon found that a relation of this fact excited the prejudice of the professors of religion. and caused them to persecute me.
Although an obscure boy. about fifteen years old. my circumstances being such as to make me of but little consequence in the world. Yet men of high standing. endeavored to excite the publick mind against me. and cause the sects to unite in persecuting me. My mind was now satisfied. that it was my duty to join none of the sects. but to continue as I was, untill further directed. I had found the testimony of James to be true; that a man lacking wisdom might ask of God. [p. 4]
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