History, circa 1841, draft [Draft 3]

  • Source Note
  • Historical Introduction
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And we declare with <words of> soberness that an angel of God came down from heaven and he brought and laid them before our eyes—that we beheld and saw the plates and the engravings thereon and we know that it is by the grace of God the Father and our Lord Jesus Christ that we beheld and bear record that these things are true and it is marvelous in our eyes Nevertheless the voice of the Lord commanded us that we should bear record of it wherefore to be obedient unto the commandments of God we bear testimony of these things
And we know that if we are faithful in Christ we shall rid our garment of the blood of all men and be found spotless before the judgment seat of Christ and shall dwell with him eternally in the heavens. And <the honor> be to the Father and to the son and to the Holy Ghost which is one God. Amen
Soon after these things had transpired the following additional testimony was obtained.
Be it known unto all nations kindreds tongues and people unto whom this work shall come that Joseph Smith Jr. the translator of this work has shewn unto us the plates of which hath been spoken which have the appearance of Gold and as many of the leaves as the said Smith has translated we did handle with our hands, and we also saw the engravings thereon, all of which has the appearance of ancient works and of curious workmanship and this we bear record with words of soberness that the said <Joseph Smith Jr.> has shewn unto <us> for we have seen and hefted and know of a surety [p. 47]
And we declare with words of soberness that an angel of God came down from heaven and he brought and laid them before our eyes—that we beheld and saw the plates and the engravings thereon and we know that it is by the grace of God the Father and our Lord Jesus Christ that we beheld and bear record that these things are true and it is marvelous in our eyes Nevertheless the voice of the Lord commanded us that we should bear record of it wherefore to be obedient unto the commandments of God we bear testimony of these things
And we know that if we are faithful in Christ we shall rid our garment of the blood of all men and be found spotless before the judgment seat of Christ and shall dwell with him eternally in the heavens. And the honor be to the Father and to the son and to the Holy Ghost which is one God. Amen
Soon after these things had transpired the following additional testimony was obtained.
Be it known unto all nations kindreds tongues and people unto whom this work shall come that Joseph Smith Jr. the translator of this work has shewn unto us the plates of which hath been spoken which have the appearance of Gold and as many of the leaves as the said Smith has translated we did handle with our hands, and we also saw the engravings thereon, all of which has the appearance of ancient works and of curious workmanship and this we bear record with words of soberness that the said Joseph Smith Jr. has shewn unto us for we have seen and hefted and know of a surety [p. 47]
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