History, circa 1841, fair copy

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of the sects were right, (for I supposed that one of them  were so,) and which I should Join. I was answered,  “join none of them,— they are all wrong, their creeds  are an abomination in my sight,— those professors  are all corrupt,— they <come> near to me with their lips  but their hearts are far from me,— they teach  for doctrines the commandments of men,— “having  a form of Godliness, but they deny the power  thereof,” He again forbad me to join any of  them, and many other things did he say unto me,  which I cannot write at this time.
When I came to myself, I was lyin laying on  my back, looking up into heaven.
A few days after this, I happened to be in company,  with one of the Methodist preachers, who had been  very active in the before mentioned excitement and  whilst conversing with him on the subject of religion,  I gave him an account of the vision, which I had  seen. I was greatly surprised at the manner  he treated my communication, avowing it to be  of the Devil— that there could be no visions or  revelations from God in these days— that they  had ceased with the Apostles, and never would  be restored again. I soon found that a relation  of this fact, excited the prejudice of the professors  of religion, and caused them to persecute me.  Although an obscure boy about fifteen years old, my  circumstances being such as to make me of but  little consequence in the world; Yet men of  high Standing endeavored to excite the  public mind against me, and cause the Sects  to unite in persecuting me. My mind was now  satisfied, that it was my duty to Join none of the  Sects, but to continue as I was; untill further  directed. I had found the testimony of James to be  true, that a man lacking wisdom, might ask  of God [p. 4]
of the sects were right, (for I supposed that one of them were so,) and which I should Join. I was answered, “join none of them,— they are all wrong, their creeds are an abomination in my sight,— those professors are all corrupt,— they come near to me with their lips but their hearts are far from me,— they teach for doctrines the commandments of men,— “having a form of Godliness, but they deny the power thereof,” He again forbad me to join any of them, and many other things did he say to me, which I cannot write at this time.
When I came to myself, I was laying on my back, looking up into heaven.
A few days after this, I happened to be in company, with one of the Methodist preachers, who had been very active in the before mentioned excitement and whilst conversing with him on the subject of religion, I gave him an account of the vision, which I had seen. I was greatly surprised at the manner he treated my communication, avowing it to be of the Devil— that there could be no visions or revelations from God in these days— that they had ceased with the Apostles, and never would be restored again. I soon found that a relation of this fact, excited the prejudice of professors of religion, and caused them to persecute me. Although an obscure boy about fifteen years old, my circumstances being such as to make me of but little consequence in the world; Yet men of high Standing endeavored to excite the public mind against me, and cause the Sects to unite in persecuting me. My mind was now satisfied, that it was my duty to Join none of the Sects, but to continue as I was; untill further directed. I had found the testimony of James to be true, that a man lacking wisdom, might ask of God [p. 4]
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