History, circa 1841, fair copy

  • Source Note
  • Historical Introduction
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baptism and ordination a secret owing to a  persecution spirit of persecution already to preva lent in the neighborhood Mobs had threatened  us from time to time composed too, of professors  of Religion from which we were only preserved under  divine providence by the influence of my and family who had now become very friendly  and <were> anxious that I should continue the work of trans lation without interruption and were determined to  protect us. After a few days feeling it our duty  we began to reason out of the scriptures with our  acquaintances and friends in accordance with our  holy calling. About this time my brother visited us We informed him of what  the Lord was about to do for the children of Men  and reasoned with him, laboring to convince him  of the truth of the Gospel now about to be revealed  in its fulness appealing to <the> Holy Bible for the  truth of the doctrines we advanced. Not being very  easily convinced of these these things he retired to the  woods that by secret and fervent prayer he might  obtain <wisdom> of a benevolent God that he might judge  for himself The result was that he became con vinced, by revelation, of the truth of the doctrines we  presented to him In accordance with the commands  of the Gospel he was babtized by and returned  home greatly blessed praising God and being filled  with the Holy Ghost Shortly after my brother   came enquiring after these things  At his earnest request I enquired of the Lord for  him through the Urim and Thummin  and recieve[d] for him the following Revelation [p. 36]
baptism and ordination a secret owing to a spirit of persecution already to prevalent in the neighborhood Mobs had threatened us from time to time composed too, of professors of Religion from which we were only preserved under divine providence by the influence of my and family who had now become very friendly and were anxious that I should continue the work of translation without interruption and were determined to protect us. After a few days feeling it our duty we began to reason out of the scriptures with our acquaintances and friends in accordance with our holy calling. About this time my brother visited us We informed him of what the Lord was about to do for the children of Men and reasoned with him, laboring to convince him of the truth of the Gospel now about to be revealed in its fulness appealing to the Holy Bible for the truth of the doctrines we advanced. Not being very easily convinced of these things he retired to the woods that by secret and fervent prayer he might obtain wisdom of a benevolent God that he might judge for himself The result was that he became convinced, by revelation, of the truth of the doctrines we presented to him In accordance with the commands of the Gospel he was babtized by and returned home greatly blessed praising God and being filled with the Holy Ghost Shortly after my brother came enquiring after these things At his earnest request I enquired of the Lord for him through the Urim and Thummin and recieved for him the following Revelation [p. 36]
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