History, circa 1841, fair copy

  • Source Note
  • Historical Introduction
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be given you from me Now if you had known this you could have translated; nevertheless it is not expedient that you should translate now Behold it was expedient when you commenced but you feared and the time is past and it is not expedient now; for do you not behold that I have given unto my servant Joseph Smith Jr sufficient strength whereby it is made up and neither of you are condemned Do this thing which I have commanded you and you shall prosper. Be faithful and yield to no temptation Stand fast in the work wherewith I have called you and a hair of your head shall not be lost, and you shall be lifted up at the last day
We still continued the work of translation and in the ensuing month of (May 1829) on a certain day we went into the woods woods to pray and enquire of the Lord respecting babtism for the remission of sins spoken of in the translation of the Plates
While we were thus praying and calling upon the name of the Lord a messenger decended in a cloud of light from heaven and having laid his hands upon us ordained us saying “upon you my fellow servants in the name of the Messiah [I confer] the Priesthood of Aaron which holds the keys of the ministring of Angels and the Gospel of repentance and baptism by immersion for the remission of sins and this shall never be taken from the earth until the sons of Levi do [p. 34]
be given you from me Now if you had known this you could have translated; nevertheless it is not expedient that you should translate now Behold it was expedient when you commenced but you feared and the time is past and it is not expedient now; for do you not behold that I have given unto my servant Joseph sufficient strength whereby it is made up and neither of you are condemned Do this thing which I have commanded you and you shall prosper. Be faithful and yield to no temptation Stand fast in the work wherewith I have called you and a hair of your head shall not be lost, and you shall be lifted up at the last day
We still continued the work of translation and in the ensuing month of (May 1829) on a certain day we went into the woods to pray and enquire of the Lord respecting babtism for the remission of sins spoken of in the translation of the Plates
While we were thus praying and calling upon the name of the Lord a messenger decended in a cloud of light from heaven and having laid his hands upon us ordained us saying “upon you my fellow servants in the name of the Messiah I confer the Priesthood of Aaron which holds the keys of the ministring of Angels and the Gospel of repentance and baptism by immersion for the remission of sins and this shall never be taken from the earth until the sons of Levi do [p. 34]
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