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John Whitmer, History, 1831–circa 1847

  • Source Note
  • Historical Introduction
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that have farms that cannot be sold, let them be left or rented,  as seemeth them good. See that all things are preserved, and  when men are endowed with power from on high, and  sent forth, all these things shall be gathered unto the bosom of  the church.
And if ye seek the riches which it is the will of the Father  to give unto you, ye shall be the richest of all people; for ye  shall have the riches of eternity; and it must needs be that the  riches of the earth is mine to give; but beware of pride, lest ye  become as the Nephites of old. And again I say unto you, I give  unto you a commandment, that Elder, Priest, Teacher, and people,  also member, go to with his might, with the labor of his hands,  to prepare and accomplish the things which I have commanded.  And let your preaching be the warning voice, every one to his  neighbor, in mildness and in meekness. And go ye out from  among the wicked. Save yourselves. Be ye clean that bear the  vessels of the Lord; even so: Amen.
After the Lord had manifested the above words through Joseph  the Seer, there were some divisions among the congregation,  some would not receive the above as the word of the Lord: But  that Joseph had invented it himself to deceive the people that in  the end he might get gain. Now this was because their hearts  were not right in the sight of the Lord, for they wanted to serve  God and man; but our Savi[o]r has declared that it was impossible  to do so.
The conference was now closed, and the Lord had manifested  his will to his people. Therefore they made preperations to Journey  to the , with their wives, and children and all that they pos sessed, to obey the commandment of the Lord. After these things  were in done Joseph and went to to do the  will of the Lord in that part of the land: and to strengthen the  disciples in that part of the vineyard, and preach the gosple  to a hardened and a wicked people, and it is fearful that  they are all delivered over to the hardness of h[e]art and blindness of [mind?] [p. 9]
that have farms that cannot be sold, let them be left or rented, as seemeth them good. See that all things are preserved, and when men are endowed with power from on high, and sent forth, all these things shall be gathered unto the bosom of the church.
And if ye seek the riches which it is the will of the Father to give unto you, ye shall be the richest of all people; for ye shall have the riches of eternity; and it must needs be that the riches of the earth is mine to give; but beware of pride, lest ye become as the Nephites of old. And again I say unto you, I give unto you a commandment, that Elder, Priest, Teacher, and also member, go to with his might, with the labor of his hands, to prepare and accomplish the things which I have commanded. And let your preaching be the warning voice, every one to his neighbor, in mildness and in meekness. And go ye out from among the wicked. Save yourselves. Be ye clean that bear the vessels of the Lord; even so: Amen.
After the Lord had manifested the above words through Joseph the Seer, there were some divisions among the congregation, some would not receive the above as the word of the Lord: But that Joseph had invented it himself to deceive the people that in the end he might get gain. Now this was because their hearts were not right in the sight of the Lord, for they wanted to serve God and man; but our Savior has declared that it was impossible to do so.
The conference was now closed, and the Lord had manifested his will to his people. Therefore they made preperations to Journey to the , with their wives, and children and all that they possessed, to obey the commandment of the Lord. After these things were done Joseph and went to to do the will of the Lord in that part of the land: and to strengthen the disciples in that part of the vineyard, and preach the gosple to a hardened and a wicked people, and it is fearful that they are all delivered over to the hardness of heart and blindness of mind [p. 9]
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