History, circa 1841, fair copy

  • Source Note
  • Historical Introduction
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all things written concerning the foundation of my church my gospel and my rock the gates of hell shall not prevail against you
2 Behold the world is ripening in iniquity and must needs be that the children of men are stirred up unto repentance both the Gentiles and also the house of Israel. Wherefore as thou hast been baptized by the hand of my servant Joseph Smith Jr. according to that which I have commanded him, he hath fulfilled the things which I have commanded him. And now marvel not that I have called him unto mine own purpose which purpose is known in me wherefore if he shall be diligent in keeping my commandments he shall be blessed unto eternal life and his name is Joseph.
3 And now I speak unto you and also unto by the way of commandment for behold I command all men every where to repent and I speak unto you even as unto Paul mine Apostle for you are called even with that same calling with which he was called. Remember the worth of souls is great in the sight of God for behold the Lord your Redeemer suffered death in the flesh wherefore he suffered the pain of all men that all might repent and come unto him. And he hath risen again from the dead that he might bring all men unto him on condition of repentance. And how great is his joy in the soul that repenteth wherefore you are called to cry repentance unto this people. And if it so be that you should labor all your days in crying repentance unto this people and bring save it be one soul unto me how great shall be your joy with him in the Kingdom of my Father. 4 And now if your joy will be great with one soul that you have brought unto me into the Kingdom of my Father how great will be your joy if you should bring many souls unto me. Behold you have [p. 50]
all things written concerning the foundation of my church my gospel and my rock the gates of hell shall not prevail against you
2 Behold the world is ripening in iniquity and must needs be that the children of men are stirred up unto repentance both the Gentiles and also the house of Israel. Wherefore as thou hast been baptized by the hand of my servant Joseph Smith Jr. according to that which I have commanded him, he hath fulfilled the things which I have commanded him. And now marvel not that I have called him unto mine own purpose which purpose is known in me wherefore if he shall be diligent in keeping my commandments he shall be blessed unto eternal life and his name is Joseph.
3 And now I speak unto you and also unto by the way of commandment for behold I command all men every where to repent and I speak unto you even as unto Paul mine Apostle for you are called even with that same calling with which he was called. Remember the worth of souls is great in the sight of God for behold the Lord your Redeemer suffered death in the flesh wherefore he suffered the pain of all men that all might repent and come unto him. And he hath risen again from the dead that he might bring all men unto him on condition of repentance. And how great is his joy in the soul that repenteth wherefore you are called to cry repentance unto this people. And if it so be that you should labor all your days in crying repentance unto this people and bring save it be one soul unto me how great shall be your joy with him in the Kingdom of my Father. 4 And now if your joy will be great with one soul that you have brought unto me into the Kingdom of my Father how great will be your joy if you should bring many souls unto me. Behold you have [p. 50]
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