History, circa June 1839–circa 1841 [Draft 2]

  • Source Note
  • Historical Introduction
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“And he shall plant in the hearts of the Children the promises made to the fathers, and the  hearts of the children shall turn to their fathers, if it were not so the whole earth would be  utterly wasted at his coming.” In addition to these quotations he quoted the Eleventh Chapter  of Isaiah saying that it was about to be fulfilled. He quoted also the third chapter of  Acts, twenty second and twenty third verses precisely as they stand in our new testament,  He said that that prophet was Christ, but the day had not yet come when “they who would  not hear his voice should be cut off from among the people,” but soon would come.
He also quoted the second chapter of Joel from the twenty eighth to the last verse. He  also said that this was not yet fulfilled but was soon to be. And he further stated  the fullness of the gentiles was soon to come in. He quoted many other passages of scripture  and offered many explanations which cannot be mentioned here. Again he told  me that when I got those plates of which he had spoken (for the time that they should be  obtained was not yet fulfilled) I should not show <them> to any person, neither the breastplate  with the Urim and Thummin only to those to whom I should be commanded to  show them, If I did I should be destroyed. While he was conversing with me about the plates  the vision was opened to my mind that I could see the place where the plates were deposited  and that so clearly and distinctly that I knew the place again when I visited it.
After this conversation communication I saw the light in the room begin to gather imme diately around the person of him who had been speaking to me, and it continued to do so  untill the room was again left dark except just round him, when instantly I saw as it  were a conduit open right up into heaven, and he ascended up till he entirely disappeared  and the room was left as it had been before this heavenly light had made its appearance.
I lay musing on the singularity of the scene and marvelling greatly at what had been  told me by this extraordinary messenger, when in the midst of my meditation I suddenly  discovered that my room was again beginning to get lighted, and in an instant as it  were, the same heavenly messenger was again by my bedside. He commenced and again  related the very same things which he had done at his first visit without the least variation  which having done, he informed me of great judgements which were coming upon the  earth, with great desolations by famine, sword, and pestilence, and that these grievous  judgments would come on the earth in this generation: Having related these things he  again ascended as he had done before.
By this time so deep were the impressions made on my mind that sleep had fled from  my eyes and I lay overwhelmed in astonishment at what I had both seen and heard:
But what was my surprise when again I beheld the same messenger at my  bedside, and heard him rehearse or repeat over again to me the same things as before  and added a caution to me, telling me that Satan would try to tempt me (in conse quence of the indigent circumstances of my ’s family) to get the plates for the purpose  of getting rich, This he forbid me, saying that I must have no other object in view  in getting the plates but to glorify God, and must not be influenced by any other motive  but that of building his kingdom, otherwise I could not get them. After this third visit  he again ascended up into heaven as before and I was again left to ponder on the [p. 6]
“And he shall plant in the hearts of the Children the promises made to the fathers, and the hearts of the children shall turn to their fathers, if it were not so the whole earth would be utterly wasted at his coming.” In addition to these he quoted the Eleventh Chapter of Isaiah saying that it was about to be fulfilled. He quoted also the third chapter of Acts, twenty second and twenty third verses precisely as they stand in our new testament, He said that that prophet was Christ, but the day had not yet come when “they who would not hear his voice should be cut off from among the people,” but soon would come.
He also quoted the second chapter of Joel from the twenty eighth to the last verse. He also said that this was not yet fulfilled but was soon to be. And he further stated the fullness of the gentiles was soon to come in. He quoted many other passages of scripture and offered many explanations which cannot be mentioned here. Again he told me that when I got those plates of which he had spoken (for the time that they should be obtained was not yet fulfilled) I should not show them to any person, neither the breastplate with the Urim and Thummin only to those to whom I should be commanded to show them, If I did I should be destroyed. While he was conversing with me about the plates the vision was opened to my mind that I could see the place where the plates were deposited and that so clearly and distinctly that I knew the place again when I visited it.
After this communication I saw the light in the room begin to gather immediately around the person of him who had been speaking to me, and it continued to do so untill the room was again left dark except just round him, when instantly I saw as it were a conduit open right up into heaven, and he ascended up till he entirely disappeared and the room was left as it had been before this heavenly light had made its appearance.
I lay musing on the singularity of the scene and marvelling greatly at what had been told me by this extraordinary messenger, when in the midst of my meditation I suddenly discovered that my room was again beginning to get lighted, and in an instant as it were, the same heavenly messenger was again by my bedside. He commenced and again related the very same things which he had done at his first visit without the least variation which having done, he informed me of great judgements which were coming upon the earth, with great desolations by famine, sword, and pestilence, and that these grievous judgments would come on the earth in this generation: Having related these things he again ascended as he had done before.
By this time so deep were the impressions made on my mind that sleep had fled from my eyes and I lay overwhelmed in astonishment at what I had both seen and heard:
But what was my surprise when again I beheld the same messenger at my bedside, and heard him rehearse or repeat over again to me the same things as before and added a caution to me, telling me that Satan would try to tempt me (in consequence of the indigent circumstances of my ’s family) to get the plates for the purpose of getting rich, This he forbid me, saying that I must have no other object in view in getting the plates but to glorify God, and must not be influenced by any other motive but that of building his kingdom, otherwise I could not get them. After this third visit he again ascended up into heaven as before and I was again left to ponder on the [p. 6]
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