History, circa June–October 1839 [Draft 1]

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us very much in writing &c during the remainder of the work.  The family in in the mean time however , and   became very zealous in the cause <our zealous friends and assistants in the work,> and <being> anxious  to know their respective duties, and <having> desired with much  earnestness that I should enquire of the Lord concerning them  I did so through the means of the Urim and Thummin  and obtained for them the following revelations, in  succession.——
3 revelations, Book of Covenants Page 169
 
We found the people in general of <of> Seneca Co. in  general, friendly, and disposed to enquire in to the truth  of these strange matters, which now began to be noised  abroad. Many opened their houses <to us,> in order that we might  have an opportunity of meeting with their friends for the purpose  of instruction, and explanation. We met with many willing to  hear us, and wishful to find out the truth as it is in Christ  Jesus, and apparently willing to obey the truth <Gospel> when once, fairly  convinced and satisfied in their own minds; and in this same  month (June) of June, My Brother , and   and were baptized, the  two former by myself, and the latter by .  From this time forth, many became believers, and were baptized  whilst we continued to instruct and persuade as many as  expressed desires applied for information, In the course  of the work of translation, <we> became we ascertained that this <three> <work>  especial witness[es] were to be provided by the Lord, to whom he  would grant, that they should have a see the plates from which  this work, (The Book of Mormon) should be translated, and that these  witness[es] should bear testimony of the same publickly to record of the same [p. [4]]
us very much in writing during the remainder of the work. in the mean time , and became our zealous friends and assistants in the work, and being anxious to know their respective duties, and having desired with much earnestness that I should enquire of the Lord concerning them I did so through the means of the Urim and Thummin and obtained for them the following revelations, in succession.——
3 revelations, Book of Covenants Page 169
 
We found the people of Seneca Co. in general, friendly, and disposed to enquire in to the truth of these strange matters, which now began to be noised abroad. Many opened their houses to us, in order that we might have an opportunity of meeting with their friends for the purpose of instruction, and explanation. We met with many willing to hear us, and wishful to find out the truth as it is in Christ Jesus, and apparently willing to obey the Gospel when once, fairly convinced and satisfied in their own minds; and in this same month of June, My Brother , and were baptized, the two former by myself, and the latter by . From this time forth, many became believers, and were baptized whilst we continued to instruct and persuade as many as applied for information, In the course of the work of translation, we ascertained that three especial witnesses were to be provided by the Lord, to whom he would grant, that they should see the plates from which this work, (The Book of Mormon) should be translated, and that these witnesses should bear record of the same [p. [4]]
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