History, circa 1841, draft [Draft 3]

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that the said Smith has got the plates of which  we have spoken And we give our names unto  the world to witness unto the world <to witness unto the world> that which  we have seen and we lie not God bearing  witness of it.
After this we continued to translate when  not attending to the numerous inquirers that now  began to visit us some seeking for truth others de siring to confound us with many questions Among  the latter were severel learned priests who came  to dispute the truth of the word of God. I say  dispute because they deny the power of Godliness  as it is taught us in his word; however the Lord  continued to pour out his Holy Spirit upon us
And as often as we had need he gave us  in that moment what to say Although un learned and inexperienced in religious con troversies we were enabled to confound the lear ned rabbies of the day and at the same ti me convince the honest in heart that we had  obtained through the mercy of God the true  and everlasting Gospel of Jesus Christ so  that daily we administered the ordinance  of baptism for the remission of sins to such  as believed. We now <now> became anxious the that  the promise of the Melchisedec priesthood which  holds the authority for <of of> the laying on of hands  for the gift of the Holy Ghost given us by the  angel that confirred upon <us> the Aronick priest hood should <now> be fulfilled. Having for some time  made this a subject of prayer we finally met [p. 48]
that the said Smith has got the plates of which we have spoken And we give our names unto the world to witness unto the world to witness unto the world that which we have seen and we lie not God bearing witness of it.
After this we continued to translate when not attending to the numerous inquirers that now began to visit us some seeking for truth others desiring to confound us with many questions Among the latter were severel learned priests who came to dispute the truth of the word of God. I say dispute because they deny the power of Godliness as it is taught us in his word; however the Lord continued to pour out his Holy Spirit upon us
And as often as we had need he gave us in that moment what to say Although unlearned and inexperienced in religious controversies we were enable to confound the learned rabbies of the day and at the same time convince the honest in heart that we had obtained through the mercy of God the true and everlasting Gospel of Jesus Christ so that daily we administered the ordinance of baptism for the remission of sins to such as believed. We now became anxious that the promise of the Melchisedec priesthood which holds the authority of the laying on of hands for the gift of the Holy Ghost given us by the angel that confirred upon us the Aronick priesthood should be fulfilled. Having for some time made this a subject of prayer we finally met [p. 48]
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