History, circa 1841, draft [Draft 3]

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  • Historical Introduction
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This manifestation of the power of God was witnessed  by many to their great astonishment and satisfaction
And as may be expected influenced them to believe  of become the members of the church of Christ
Soon after this occurence occurrence I returned  to when I found that that the appearance  of the book of Mormon “(The stick of Joseph in  the hands of Ephraim”) had created great opposi tion and persecution to those the believers in its  authenticity
But truth had sprung out of  the earth and rightiousness had looked down from  heaven consequently we feared none of <our> oppo nents and continued to preach and give in formation to such as desired. do During the  last of May came and was bap tized by . On the first day of  June 1830 we held our first conference as an org anized Church, which consisted of about thirty  members besides many <others> who attended for the purpose  of learning to learn respecting for the purpose of  obtaining a knowledge of our doctrine.
Having opened by prayer, and <then and> singing <sung> an appro priate hymn, we partook of the emblems of the  body and blood of our Lord Jesus Christ—
We then proceeded to confirm those who had  recently been baptized; and ordained several to  the various offices of the Priesthood, Much  instruction was given at this time and the Holy  Ghost in a miraculous manner was poured out  upon us some propecied whilst others had the  heavens opened to their view and were so overcome  that we were <under the necessity of laying> compelled compeled to lay them  on beds or other convenient places.  was among <one of> those that were put out upon beds  thus taken care of and among whom was [p. 72]
This manifestation of the power of God was witnessed by many to their great astonishment and satisfaction
And as may be expected influenced them to become the members of the church of Christ
Soon after this occurrence I returned to when I found that the appearance of the book of Mormon “(The stick of Joseph in the hands of Ephraim”) had created great opposition and persecution to the believers in its authenticity
But truth had sprung out of the earth and rightiousness had looked down from heaven consequently we feared none of our opponents and continued to preach and give information to such as desired. During the last of May came and was baptized by . On the first day of June 1830 we held our first conference as an organized Church, which consisted of about thirty members besides others who attended for the purpose of obtaining a knowledge of our doctrine.
Having opened by prayer, and sung an appropriate hymn, we partook of the emblems of the body and blood of our Lord Jesus Christ—
We then proceeded to confirm those who had recently been baptized; and ordained several to the various offices of the Priesthood, Much instruction was given at this time and the Holy Ghost in a miraculous manner was poured out upon us some propecied others had the heavens opened to their view and were so overcome that we were under the necessity of laying them on beds or other convenient places. among whom was [p. 72]
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