History, circa 1841, fair copy

  • Source Note
  • Historical Introduction
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for we have seen and hefted and know of a surety that  the said Smith has got the plates of which we have  spoken And we give our names unto the world that  that which to witness unto the world that which we have  seen and we lie not God being our witness of it
After this we continued to translate when not attending  to the numerous inquirers that now began to visit us  some seeking for truth and others desiring to confound  us with many questions Among the latter were many  learned priests who came to dispute the truth of the  word of God I [say] dispute because they deny the power  of Godliness as it is taught us in his word
However the Lord continued to pour out his Holy Spirit  upon us, and as often as we had need he gave us in that  moment what to say Although unlearned and  unexperienced in religious contraversies we were enabled  to confound the learned rabbies of the day and at the  same time convince the honest in heart that we had  obtained through the mercy of God the true and  everlasting Gospel of Jesus Christ so that daily we  administered the ordinances of baptism for the  remission of sins to such as believed
We now became anxious that the promise of the  Melchesidec priesthood which holds the authority  of the laying on of hands for the gift of the Holy Ghost  given us by the angel that confereed upon us the Aronick  priesthood should be fulfilled
Having for some time made this  a subject of prayer we finally met [p. 48]
for we have seen and hefted and know of a surety that the said Smith has got the plates of which we have spoken And we give our names unto the world to witness unto the world that which we have seen and we lie not God being witness of it
After this we continued to translate when not attending to the numerous inquirers that now began to visit us some seeking for truth and others desiring to confound us with many questions Among the latter were many learned priests who came to dispute the truth of the word of God I say dispute because they deny the power of Godliness as it is taught us in his word
However the Lord continued to pour out his Holy Spirit upon us, and as often as we had need he gave us in that moment what to say Although unlearned and unexperienced in religious contraversies we were enabled to confound the learned rabbies of the day and at the same time convince the honest in heart that we had obtained through the mercy of God the true and everlasting Gospel of Jesus Christ so that daily we administered the ordinances of baptism for the remission of sins to such as believed
We now became anxious that the promise of the Melchesidec priesthood which holds the authority of the laying on of hands for the gift of the Holy Ghost given us by the angel that confereed upon us the Aronick priesthood should be fulfilled
Having for some time made this a subject of prayer we finally met [p. 48]
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