History, circa 1841, draft [Draft 3]

  • Source Note
  • Historical Introduction
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may enter into my rest. For behold the mystery  of Godliness how great is it for behold I am  endless and the punishment which is given from  my hand is endless punishment for endless  is my name; wherefore Eternal punishment is  God’s punishment: Endless punishment is God’s  punishment: wherefore I command you to repent  and keep the commandments which you have rec eived by the hand of my servant Joseph Smith Jr.  in my name: and it is by my Almighty power that  you have received them therefore I command you  to repent, repent lest I smite you by the rod of  my mouth and by my wrath and by my anger  and your sufferings be sore how sore you know  not <how exquisite you know not> yea how hard to bear you know not.
For behold I God have suffered these things for  all that they might not suffer if they would repent  but if they would not repent they must suffer  even as I: which suffering caused myself even  God the greatest of all to tremble because of pain  and to bleed at every pore and to suffer both body  and spirit and would that I might not drink the  bitter cup and shrink: nevertheless glory be to the Father  and I partook and finished my preparations unto  the children of men wherefore I command you  again to repent lest I humble you by my almighty  power and that you confess your sins lest you suffer  these punishments of which I have spoken of which  in the smallest yea <even> in the least degree you have  tasted at the <time> I withdrew my spirit. And I com mand you that you preach nought but repentance  and show not these things unto the world until it is  wisdom in me for they cannot bear meat now  but milk they must recieve wherefore they must not [p. 63]
may enter into my rest. For behold the mystery of Godliness how great is it for behold I am endless and the punishment which is given from my hand is endless punishment for endless is my name; wherefore Eternal punishment is God’s punishment: Endless punishment is God’s punishment: wherefore I command you to repent and keep the commandments which you have received by the hand of my servant Joseph Smith Jr. in my name: and it is by my Almighty power that you have received them therefore I command you to repent, repent lest I smite you by the rod of my mouth and by my wrath and by my anger and your sufferings be sore how sore you know not how exquisite you know not yea how hard to bear you know not.
For behold I God have suffered these things for all that they might not suffer if they would repent but if they would not repent they must suffer even as I: which suffering caused myself even God the greatest of all to tremble because of pain and to bleed at every pore and to suffer both body and spirit and would that I might not drink the bitter cup and shrink: nevertheless glory be to the Father and I partook and finished my preparations unto the children of men wherefore I command you again to repent lest I humble you by my almighty power and that you confess your sins lest you suffer these punishments of which I have spoken of which in the smallest yea even in the least degree you have tasted at the time I withdrew my spirit. And I command you that you preach nought but repentance and show not these things unto the world until it is wisdom in me for they cannot bear meat now but milk they must recieve wherefore they must not [p. 63]
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