History, circa 1841, draft [Draft 3]

  • Source Note
  • Historical Introduction
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to unitedly ask of the Lord what we so much desired and to our unspeakable satisfaction we realized a fulfillment of our Saviour’s promise ask and ye Shall receive Seek and ye shall find Knock and it shall be opened unto you; for we had been engaged in fervent prayer but a short time when the word of the Lord came unto us commanding me to ordain to be an Elder in the Church of Jesus Christ and that he should ordain— me to the same office and then ordain others as it should from time to time be made known unto us.
We were commanded however to defer our ordination until our bretheren who had been and should be baptized were assembled together when we <might> must have their sanction <to> such an ordination and ascertain if they were willing to receive us as spiritual teachers. if so If so we were to bless bread break and eat it with them to take wine bless and drink it with them then proceed to ordain each other according to commandment and such others as the Spirit should dictate and then lay <on> hands for the gift of the Holy Ghost upon all whom we had previously baptized doing all things in the name of the Lord 1 The following Revelation will further illustrate the nature of this priest hood
1 Behold 1 Now behold because of the thing which you my servant has <have> desired to know of me I give unto you the<se> words— Behold I have manifested unto you by my spirit in many instances that the things which you have written are true wherefore you know <that> they are true And if you know that they are true behold I have given unto you a commandment that you rely upon the things <which are> written for in them are all things written concerning the foundation of my church my Gospel and my rock. the gates of hell [p. 49]
to unitedly ask of the Lord what we so much desired and to our unspeakable satisfaction we realized a fulfillment of our Saviour’s promise ask and ye Shall receive Seek and ye shall find Knock and it shall be opened unto you; for we had been engaged in fervent prayer but a short time when the word of the Lord came unto us commanding me to ordain to be an Elder in the Church of Jesus Christ and that he should ordain— me to the same office and then ordain others as it should from time to time be made known unto us.
We were commanded however to defer our ordination until our bretheren who had been and should be baptized were assembled together when we might have their sanction to such an ordination and ascertain if they were willing to receive us as spiritual teachers. If so we were to bless bread break and eat it with them to take wine bless and drink it with them then proceed to ordain each other according to commandment and such others as the Spirit should dictate and then lay on hands for the gift of the Holy Ghost upon all whom we had previously baptized doing all things in the name of the Lord 1 The following Revelation will further illustrate the nature of this priest hood
1 Now behold because of the thing which you my servant have desired to know of me I give unto you these words— Behold I have manifested unto you by my spirit in many instances that the things which you have written are true wherefore you know that they are true And if you know that they are true behold I have given unto you a commandment that you rely upon the things which are written for in them are all things written concerning the foundation of my church my Gospel and my rock. the gates of hell [p. 49]
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