History, circa 1841, fair copy

  • Source Note
  • Historical Introduction
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to unitedly ask of the Lord what we so much  desired and to our unspeakable satisfaction  we realized a fulfillment of our Saviours promises  Ask and ye shall receive Seek and ye shall  find knock and it shall be opened unto you  for we had been engaged in fervent prayer but a  short time when the word of the Lord came unto us com manding me to ordain to be an el der in the Church of Jesus Christ and that he  should ordain me to the same office and then  ordain others as it should from time to time be  made known unto us. We were commanded  however to defer our ordination until our bretheren  who had been and should be baptized were as sembled together when we might have their san ction to such an ordination and ascertain if  they were willing to receive us as spiritual te achers. If so we were to bless bread break  and eat it with them, to take wine bless and  drink it with them then proceed to ordain each  other according to commandment and such  others as the spirit should dictate and then  lay on hands for the gift of the Holy Ghost upon  all whom we had previously baptized doing  all things in the name of the Lord. The follow ing Revelation will further illustrate the nature  of this priesthood.
1 Now behold <because> of the thing  which you my servant have desired  to know of me I give unto you these words.
Behold I have manifested unto you by my spirit  in many instances that the things which you have  written are true wherefore you know that they are  true. And if you know that they are true behold  I have given unto you a commandment that you  rely on <upon> the things which are written for in them are [p. 49]
to unitedly ask of the Lord what we so much desired and to our unspeakable satisfaction we realized a fulfillment of our Saviours promises Ask and ye shall receive Seek and ye shall find knock and it shall be opened unto you for we had been engaged in fervent prayer but a short time when the word of the Lord came unto us commanding me to ordain to be an elder in the Church of Jesus Christ and that he should ordain me to the same office and then ordain others as it should from time to time be made known unto us. We were commanded however to defer our ordination until our bretheren who had been and should be baptized were assembled together when we might have their sanction to such an ordination and ascertain if they were willing to receive us as spiritual teachers. If so we were to bless bread break and eat it with them, to take wine bless and drink it with them then proceed to ordain each other according to commandment and such others as the spirit should dictate and then lay on hands for the gift of the Holy Ghost upon all whom we had previously baptized doing all things in the name of the Lord. The following Revelation will further illustrate the nature of this priesthood.
1 Now behold because of the thing which you my servant have desired to know of me I give unto you these words.
Behold I have manifested unto you by my spirit in many instances that the things which you have written are true wherefore you know that they are true. And if you know that they are true behold I have given unto you a commandment that you rely upon the things which are written for in them are [p. 49]
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