History, circa 1841, draft [Draft 3]

  • Source Note
  • Historical Introduction
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26 It shall be the duty of the several churches com posing the church of Christ to send one or more of  their teachers to attend the several conferences  held by the elders of the church with a list of  the names of the several members uniting themselv es with the church since the last conference  or send by the hand of some priest so that a  regular list of all the names of the whole church  may be kept in a book by one of the elders who ever the other elders shall appoint from time to  time:— and also if any have been expelled from  the church so that their names may be blotted  out of the general church record of names.
27 All members removing from the church where  they resid[e] if going to a church where they are not kno wn may take a letter certifying that they are regular  members and in good standing which certificate  may be signed by any elder or priest if the member  recieving the letter is personally acquainted with the  elder or priest or it may be signed by the teachers  or deacons of the church.
Having finished the translation we went to   Wayne Co, N.Y. and secured the  copy right and engaged Mr.  to print 5000 copies for the sum of $3000. I wish  to mention here that the title page of the Book of  Mormon is a literal translation taken from the  last leaf on the lift [left] hand side of the collection of  plates which contained the record that has been  translated the lan The language of the whole  running the same as all Hebrew writings; and that  said title page is not a modern composition  Therefore in order to correct an error which generally  exists concerning it I give below that part of the title [p. 60]
26 It shall be the duty of the several churches composing the church of Christ to send one or more of their teachers to attend the several conferences held by the elders of the church with a list of the names of the several members uniting themselves with the church since the last conference or send by the hand of some priest so that a regular list of all the names of the whole church may be kept in a book by one of the elders whoever the other elders shall appoint from time to time:— and also if any have been expelled from the church so that their names may be blotted out of the general church record of names.
27 All members removing from the church where they reside if going to a church where they are not known may take a letter certifying that they are regular members and in good standing which certificate may be signed by any elder or priest if the member recieving the letter is personally acquainted with the elder or priest or it may be signed by the teachers or deacons of the church.
Having finished the translation we went to Wayne Co, N.Y. and secured the copy right and engaged Mr. to print 5000 copies for the sum of $3000. I wish to mention here that the title page of the Book of Mormon is a literal translation taken from the last leaf on the lift [left] hand side of the collection of plates which contained the record that has been translated The language of the whole running the same as all Hebrew writings; and that said title page is not a modern composition Therefore in order to correct an error which generally exists concerning it I give below that part of the title [p. 60]
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