History, circa Summer 1832

  • Source Note
  • Historical Introduction
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I fell into transgressions and sinned in many things  which brought a wound upon my soul and there were many  things which transpired that cannot be writen and my s  family have suffered many persicutions and afflictions and it  came to pass when I was seventeen years of age I called again  upon the Lord and he shewed unto me a heavenly vision  for behold an angel of the Lord came and stood before me  and it was by night and he called me by name and he said  the Lord had forgiven me my sins and he revealed unto  me that in the Town of Ontario County N.Y.  there was plates of gold upon which there was engravings  which was engraven by Maroni & his fathers the servants  of the living God in ancient days and deposited by th[e]  commandments of God and kept by the power thereof  and that I should go and get them and he revealed  unto me many things concerning the inhabitents of  of the earth which since have been revealed in com mandments & revelations and it was on the 22d day of  Sept. AD 182 1822 and thus he appeared unto me three  times in one night and once on the next day  and then I immediately went to the place and found  where the plates was deposited as the angel of the Lord  had commanded me and straightway made three attempts  to get them and then being excedingly frightened  I supposed it had been a dreem of Vision but  when I considred I knew that it was not therefore I  cried unto the Lord in the agony of my soul  why can I not obtain them behold the angel  appeared unto me again and said unto me you  have not kept the commandments of the Lord  which I gave unto you therefore you cannot now obtain  them for the time is not yet fulfilled therefore thou  wast left unto temptation that thou mightest be made  accquainted of with the power of the advisary therefore  repent and call on the Lord thou shalt be forgiven  and in his own due time thou shalt obtain them [p. 4]
I fell into transgressions and sinned in many things which brought a wound upon my soul and there were many things which transpired that cannot be writen and my s family have suffered many persicutions and afflictions and it came to pass when I was seventeen years of age I called again upon the Lord and he shewed unto me a heavenly vision for behold an angel of the Lord came and stood before me and it was by night and he called me by name and he said the Lord had forgiven me my sins and he revealed unto me that in the Town of Ontario County N.Y. there was plates of gold upon which there was engravings which was engraven by Maroni & his fathers the servants of the living God in ancient days and deposited by the commandments of God and kept by the power thereof and that I should go and get them and he revealed unto me many things concerning the inhabitents of of the earth which since have been revealed in commandments & revelations and it was on the 22d day of Sept. AD 1822 and thus he appeared unto me three times in one night and once on the next day and then I immediately went to the place and found where the plates was deposited as the angel of the Lord had commanded me and straightway made three attempts to get them and then being excedingly frightened I supposed it had been a dreem of Vision but when I considred I knew that it was not therefore I cried unto the Lord in the agony of my soul why can I not obtain them behold the angel appeared unto me again and said unto me you have not kept the commandments of the Lord which I gave unto you therefore you cannot now obtain them for the time is not yet fulfilled therefore thou wast left unto temptation that thou mightest be made accquainted with the power of the advisary therefore repent and call on the Lord thou shalt be forgiven and in his own due time thou shalt obtain them [p. 4]
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