History, circa 1841, fair copy

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Not many days after the above commandment  was given we retired into the woods to obtain by  fervent and humble prayer the fulfillment of the  promises given in this revelation
According to previous arrangement I commenced  by vocal prayer to Almighty God and was followed  by each of the others in succession We did not  yet however obtain any manifestation of divine  favour We again observed the same order of prayer  but with the same result as before Upon this second  failure proposed to withdraw  himself from us fearing that his presence was  the cause of our not obtaining what we wished  After he had retired we bowed ourselves again in prayer  and had not been many minutes so engaged when  we beheld a light of exceeding brightness above  us and behold an angel stood before us  having in his hands the Plates, for a view of which  we had been praying
He slowly turned over the leaves so that we could  distinctly see the engravings thereon
Addressing himself to said   blessed be the Lord and he that keeps  his commandments.” And immediately after  And immediately after we heard a voice  proceeding from the light above us  saying “these plates have been revealed by  the power of God and they have  been translated by the power of God  the translation of them which you have  seen is correct and I command  you to bear record of what you [p. 45]
Not many days after the above commandment was given we retired into the woods to obtain by fervent and humble prayer the fulfillment of the promises given in this revelation
According to previous arrangement I commenced by vocal prayer to Almighty God and was followed by each of the others in succession We did not yet however obtain any manifestation of divine favour We again observed the same order of prayer but with the same result as before Upon this second failure proposed to withdraw himself from us fearing that his presence was the cause of our not obtaining what we wished After he had retired we bowed ourselves again in prayer and had not been many minutes so engaged when we beheld a light of exceeding brightness above us and behold an angel stood before us having in his hands the Plates, for a view of which we had been praying
He slowly turned over the leaves so that we could distinctly see the engravings thereon
Addressing himself to said “ blessed be the Lord and he that keeps his commandments.” And immediately after we heard a voice proceeding from the light above us saying “these plates have been revealed by the power of God and they have been translated by the power of God the translation of them which you have seen is correct and I command you to bear record of what you [p. 45]
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