History, circa June–October 1839 [Draft 1]

  • Source Note
  • Historical Introduction
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Immediately upon our coming up out of the water after we had been  baptized, we experienced great and glorious blessings from our  Heavenly Father. No sooner had I baptized than  the Holy Ghost fell upon him and he stood up and prophecied  many things which should <shortly> come to pass. And again so soon as  I had been baptized by him, I also had the Spirit of prophecy  when standing up I prophecied concerning the rise of this Church  and many other things connected with the Church of Christ and  with this generation of the children of men. We were filled with  the Holy Ghost, and rejoiced in the God of our Salvation.  Our minds being now enlightened, we began to have the scriptures  laid open to our understandings, and the true meaning and intention  of their more mysterious passages revealed unto us, in a manner which  we never could attain to previously, nor ever before had thought of.  In the mean time however we were forced to keep <secret> these things  entirely secret in our own bosoms, viz: the circumstances of our  having been baptized and having received this aaronic priesthood.  And this on account of <owing to> a spirit of persecution who which had been <already>  manifested itself in the neighborhood, for some time previous.  We had been threatened with being mobbed, from time to time  and this too by professors of religion, and their intentions of  mobbing us, were only counteracted by the influence of my  ’s ’s family, <(under Divine Providence)> who had became very friendly to me and  were opposed to mobs, and were willing that I should be allowed  to continue the work of translating <translation> without interruption:  And therefore offered and promised us protection from all unlawful  proceedings, as far as in them lay. After a few days however  feeling it to be our duty we commenced to reason, out of the  scriptures, with our acquaintances and friends, as we happened to  meet with them. About this time my brother  came to visit us. We soon informed him of what the Lord was [p. [1]]
Immediately upon our coming up out of the water after we had been baptized, we experienced great and glorious blessings from our Heavenly Father. No sooner had I baptized than the Holy Ghost fell upon him and he stood up and prophecied many things which should shortly come to pass. And again so soon as I had been baptized by him, I also had the Spirit of prophecy when standing up I prophecied concerning the rise of this Church and many other things connected with the Church and this generation of the children of men. We were filled with the Holy Ghost, and rejoiced in the God of our Salvation. Our minds being now enlightened, we began to have the scriptures laid open to our understandings, and the true meaning and intention of their more mysterious passages revealed unto us, in a manner which we never could attain to previously, nor ever before had thought of. In the mean time we were forced to keep secret the circumstances of our having been baptized and having received this priesthood. owing to a spirit of persecution which had already manifested itself in the neighborhood, We had been threatened with being mobbed, from time to time and this too by professors of religion, and their intentions of mobbing us, were only counteracted by the influence of my ’s ’s family, (under Divine Providence) who had became very friendly to me and were opposed to mobs, and were willing that I should be allowed to continue the work of translation without interruption: And therefore offered and promised us protection from all unlawful proceedings, as far as in them lay. After a few days however feeling it to be our duty we commenced to reason, out of the scriptures, with our acquaintances and friends, as we happened to meet with them. About this time my brother came to visit us. We informed him of what the Lord was [p. [1]]
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