History, circa 1841, draft [Draft 3]

  • Source Note
  • Historical Introduction
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In this manner did the Lord continue to give  us instruction concerning the duties involve in cumbent upon us and among other <things> of the kind  we obtained the following by the Spirit of Prophecy  and Revelation which not only gave us much  information but pointed out the precise day up on which according to his will and command ment we should proceed to organize his ch urch again upon <the> earth

1 The rise of the church of Christ in these  last days being one thousand eight hundred  and thirty years since the coming of our Lord &  and Savior Jesus Christ in the flesh it being  regularly organized and established agreeably  to the laws of our Country by the will and comm andments of God in the fourth month and on the  sixth day of the month which is called April:  which commandments were given to Joseph Smith  Jr. who was called of God and ordained an ap ostle of Jesus Christ to be the first elder of this  church and to who was also called  of God an apostle of Jesus Christ to be the second  elder of this church and ordained under his hand  and this according to the grace of our Lord and  Savior Jesus Christ to whom be all glory both  now and forever Amen.
2 After it was truly manifested unto this first  elder that he had received a remission of his sins  he was entangled again in the vanities of the world  but after repenting and humbling himself sin cerely through faith God ministered unto him by  an holy angel whose countenance was as lig htning and whose garments were pure and white  above all other whiteness and gave unto him com mandments which inspired him and gave him  power from on high by the means which were  before prepared to translate the book of Mormon [p. 53]
In this manner did the Lord continue to give us instruction concerning the duties incumbent upon us and among other things of the kind we obtained the following by the Spirit of Prophecy and Revelation which not only gave us much information but pointed out the precise day upon which according to his will and commandment we should proceed to organize his church again upon the earth

1 The rise of the church of Christ in these last days being one thousand eight hundred and thirty years since the coming of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ in the flesh it being regularly organized and established agreeably to the laws of our Country by the will and commandments of God in the fourth month and on the sixth day of the month which is called April: which commandments were given to Joseph Smith Jr. who was called of God and ordained an apostle of Jesus Christ to be the first elder of this church and to who was also called of God an apostle of Jesus Christ to be the second elder of this church and ordained under his hand and this according to the grace of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ to whom be all glory both now and forever Amen.
2 After it was truly manifested unto this first elder that he had received a remission of his sins he was entangled again in the vanities of the world but after repenting and humbling himself sincerely through faith God ministered unto him by an holy angel whose countenance was as lightning and whose garments were pure and white above all other whiteness and gave unto him commandments which inspired him and gave him power from on high by the means which were before prepared to translate the book of Mormon [p. 53]
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