History, circa June–October 1839 [Draft 1]

  • Source Note
  • Historical Introduction
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prophecied, many spoke with new tongues, and <several> of our number  were <so> completely overpowered for a time, that we were obliged to lay them  upon beds &c &c, and when bodily sensibility was restored to them they  shouted Hosannas to God and the Lamb— & declared that the  Heavens had been opened unto them, <especialy > that they had seen Jesus Christ  sitting at the right hand of the Majesty on high, and many other  great and glorious things. Either at this time or very shortly  after<war[d]> the following were (with others) called to the priesthood & ordained  <to> the respective offices, according as the Spirit made it manifest, viz  , , ,   , .
We afterwards called out and ordained Several <some others> of the brethren to the  respective offices of the Priesthood, according as the Spirit made mani fest unto us. <Revelation> As may reasonably <be> expected, such scenes as these were  calculated, to inspire our hearts with Joy unspeakable, at the same  time that we felt ourselves almost over whelmed, with awe and reverence  for that Almighty Being, by whose grace we had been called to  be instrumental in bringing about for the children of men, the enjoy ment of such glorious blessings, as were now at this time poured out upon  us. To find ourselves engaged in the very same order of things which  were was observed by the Holy Apostles of old, To realize the importance  and solemtily [solemnity] of the above mentioned proceedings, and to witness <& feel> with  our own natural senses, the like glorious manifestions of the  powers of the Priesthood; the gifts and blessings of the Holy Ghost,  which we had often read of as things and the goodness and grace of  a merciful God, unto such as obey the everlasting gospel of our  Lord Jesus Christ, combined to create within use [us] sensations of  rapturous gratitude, which may be felt, but cannot be  described. After a considerable time spent in such <a> happy  manner, we dismissed; with the pleasing knowledge, that we  now individually were members of— and had been acknowledged of  God, The organized Church of Jesus Christ, organized in [p. [10]]
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We afterwards called out and ordained some others of the brethren to the respective offices of the Priesthood, according as the Spirit made manifest unto us. As may reasonably be expected, such scenes as these were calculated, to inspire our hearts with Joy unspeakable, at the same time that we felt ourselves almost over whelmed, with awe and reverence for that Almighty Being, by whose grace we had been called to be instrumental in bringing about for the children of men, the enjoyment of such glorious blessings, as were now at this time poured out upon us. To find ourselves engaged in the very same order of things which was observed by the Holy Apostles of old, To realize the importance and solemtily [solemnity] of the above mentioned proceedings, and to witness & feel with our own natural senses, the like glorious manifestions of the powers of the Priesthood; the gifts and blessings of the Holy Ghost, and the goodness and grace of a merciful God, unto such as obey the everlasting gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ, combined to create within use [us] sensations of rapturous gratitude, which may be felt, but cannot be described. After a considerable time spent in such a happy manner, we dismissed; with the pleasing knowledge, that we now individually were members of— and had been acknowledged of God, The Church of Jesus Christ, organized in [p. [10]]
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