History, circa 1841, draft [Draft 3]

  • Source Note
  • Historical Introduction
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Revelation To Joseph Smith Junr given to  July 1828 concerning the plates
have spoken it unto you that I might bring  about my righteous purposes unto the children of  men Amen
Not many days after the above command ment was given we retired into the woods, to obtain  by fervent and humble prayer the fulfillment of  the promises given in this Revelation that  they should have a v According to previous  arrangement I commenced by vocal prayer to  Almighty God and was followed by each  of the others in succession. We did not  yet however obtain any manifestation of  divine favor.
We again observed the same  order of prayer but with the same result as  before Upon this second failure proposed to withdraw himself from  us fearing that his presence was the cause of  our not obtaining what we wished he accor dingly withdrew from us <After he had retired> and we bowed  ourselves again in prayer and had not  been many minutes <so> engaged when we  beheld a light of exceeding brightness ab ove us and behold an angel stood  before us having in his hands the plates for  a view of which we had been praying. He  slowly turned <over> the <leaves> leaves over so that we could  distinctly see the engravings thereon Address ing himself to said  blessed <be> the Lord and he that keeps his com mandments, And immediately after we heard  a voice proceeding from the light above  us saying “these plates have been revealed [p. 45]
have spoken it unto you that I might bring about my righteous purposes unto the children of men Amen
Not many days after the above commandment was given we retired into the woods, to obtain by fervent and humble prayer the fulfillment of the promises given in this Revelation According to previous arrangement I commenced by vocal prayer to Almighty God and was followed by each of the others in succession. We did not yet however obtain any manifestation of divine favor.
We again observed the same order of prayer but with the same result as before Upon this second failure proposed to withdraw himself from us fearing that his presence was the cause of our not obtaining what we wished After he had retired we bowed ourselves again in prayer and had not been many minutes so engaged when we beheld a light of exceeding brightness above us and behold an angel stood before us having in his hands the plates for a view of which we had been praying. He slowly turned over the leaves so that we could distinctly see the engravings thereon Addressing himself to said blessed be the Lord and he that keeps his commandments, And immediately after we heard a voice proceeding from the light above us saying “these plates have been revealed [p. 45]
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