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

  • Source Note
  • Historical Introduction
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strangeness of what I had just experienced, when almost immediately after the heavenly messenger  had ascended from me the third time, the cock crew, and I found that day was approaching  so that our interviews must have occupied the whole of that night. I shortly after arose  from my bed, and as usual went to the necessary labors of the day, but in attempting to labor  as at other times, I found my strength so exhausted as rendered me entirely unable. My   who was laboring along <with> me discovered something to be wrong with me and told me  to go home. I started with the intention of going to the house, but in attempting to cross the  fence out of the field where we were, my strength entirely failed me and I fell helpless on the  ground and for a time was quite unconscious of any thing. The first thing that I can  recollect was a voice speaking unto me calling me by name. I looked up and beheld the  same messenger—standing over my head surrounded by light as before. He then again  related unto me all that he had related to me the previous night, and commanded me  to go to my and tell him of the vision and commandments which I had received.
I obeyed. I returned back to my in the field and rehearsed the whole matter to  him. He replyed to me, that it was of God, and to go and do as commanded by the  messenger. I left the field and went to the place where the messenger had told me the  plates were deposited, and owing to the distinctness of the vision which I had had concerning  it, I knew the place the instant that I arrived there.<*> Under a stound stone of considerable  size, lay the plates deposited in a stone box, This stone was thick and rounding in the mid dle on the upper side, and thinner towards the edges, so that the middle part of it was  visible above the ground, but the edge all round was covered with earth. Having removed  the earth off the edge of the stone, and obtained a lever which I got fixed under the edge of the  stone, and with a little exertion raised it up, I looked in and there indeed did I behold  the plates, the Urim and Thummin and the Breastplate as stated by the messenger  The box in which they lay was formed by laying stones together in some kind of cement, in  the bottom of the box were laid two stones crossways of the box, and on these stones lay the  plates and the other things with them. I made an attempt to take them out but was forbidden  by the messenger and was again informed that the time <for> bringing them forth had not yet  arrived, neither would untill four years from that time, but he told me that I should come to  that place precisely in one year from that time, and that he would there meet with me, and that  I should continue to do so untill the time should come for obtaining the plates. Accordingly  as I had been commanded I went at the end of each year, and at each time I found the  same messenger there and received instruction and intelligence from him at each of  our interviews respecting what the Lord was going to do, and how and in what manner  his kingdom was to be conducted in the last days.
As my ’s worldly circum stances were very, <limited> we were under the necessity of laboring with our hands, hiring by days  works and otherwise as we could get opportunity[.] sometimes we were at home and some  times abroad and by continued labor were enabled to get a comfortable maintenance.
In the year Eighteen hundred and twenty four my s family met with a great  affliction by the death of my eldest brother . In the month of October Eighteen  hundred and twenty five I hired with an old Gentleman, by name of [p. 7]
strangeness of what I had just experienced, when almost immediately after the heavenly messenger had ascended from me the third time, the cock crew, and I found that day was approaching so that our interviews must have occupied the whole of that night. I shortly after arose from my bed, and as usual went to the necessary labors of the day, but in attempting to labor as at other times, I found my strength so exhausted as rendered me entirely unable. My who was laboring along with me discovered something to be wrong with me and told me to go home. I started with the intention of going to the house, but in attempting to cross the fence out of the field where we were, my strength entirely failed me and I fell helpless on the ground and for a time was quite unconscious of any thing. The first thing that I can recollect was a voice speaking unto me calling me by name. I looked up and beheld the same messenger—standing over my head surrounded by light as before. He then again related unto me all that he had related to me the previous night, and commanded me to go to my and tell him of the vision and commandments which I had received.
I obeyed. I returned back to my in the field and rehearsed the whole matter to him. He replyed to me, that it was of God, and to go and do as commanded by the messenger. I left the field and went to the place where the messenger had told me the plates were deposited, and owing to the distinctness of the vision which I had had concerning it, I knew the place the instant that I arrived there.* Under a stone of considerable size, lay the plates deposited in a stone box, This stone was thick and rounding in the middle on the upper side, and thinner towards the edges, so that the middle part of it was visible above the ground, but the edge all round was covered with earth. Having removed the earth and obtained a lever which I got fixed under the edge of the stone, and with a little exertion raised it up, I looked in and there indeed did I behold the plates, the Urim and Thummin and the Breastplate as stated by the messenger The box in which they lay was formed by laying stones together in some kind of cement, in the bottom of the box were laid two stones crossways of the box, and on these stones lay the plates and the other things with them. I made an attempt to take them out but was forbidden by the messenger and was again informed that the time for bringing them forth had not yet arrived, neither would untill four years from that time, but he told me that I should come to that place precisely in one year from that time, and that he would there meet with me, and that I should continue to do so untill the time should come for obtaining the plates. Accordingly as I had been commanded I went at the end of each year, and at each time I found the same messenger there and received instruction and intelligence from him at each of our interviews respecting what the Lord was going to do, and how and in what manner his kingdom was to be conducted in the last days.
As my ’s worldly circumstances were very, limited we were under the necessity of laboring with our hands, hiring by days works and otherwise as we could get opportunity. sometimes we were at home and some times abroad and by continued labor were enabled to get a comfortable maintenance.
In the year Eighteen hundred and twenty four my s family met with a great affliction by the death of my eldest brother . In the month of October Eighteen hundred and twenty five I hired with an old Gentleman, by name of [p. 7]
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