John Whitmer, History, 1831–circa 1847

  • Source Note
  • Historical Introduction
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so that they cannot be brought to repentance. For when   and the Revelator arrivd there, they held prayer meetings,  among the disciples, and they also held public meetings but  it was all in vain, they threatend to kill them. Therefo[r]e,  they knew that they were not fit for the kingdom of God,  and well nigh ripe for destruction. The Spir[i]t of the Lord fell  upon and he spoke with boldness, and he preached the  gospel in its purity; but they laughed him to scorn, he  being filled, with the Holy Spirit, he cried aloud O ye heav ens give ere and ye angels attend, I bear witness in the  name of Jesus Christ that this people is sealed up to everlasting  destruction. And immediately he left them and escaped out  of their hands. And his enemies were astonished and amazed  at the doctrine which he preached, for they taught as men  having authority and not as hireling priests.
After Joseph and returned from to  . The Lord manifested himself to Joseph the Revelater  and gave commandment for to go to the , and  carry the commandments and revelations, with me, to  comfort and strengthen my brethren in that land. The  disciples had increased in number about three hundred. But  the enemy of all righteous had got hold of some of those  who profesed to <be> his followers, because they had not sufficent  knowledge to detect him in all his devices. He took a notion  to blind their minds of some of the weaker ones, and made  them think that an angel of God appeard to them, and show ed them writings and on the outside cover of the Bible, and on  parchment, which flew through the air, and on the back  of their hands, and many such foolish and vain things,  others lost their strength, and some scooted <slid> and on the floor,  and such like maneuvers, which proved greatly to th[e]  injury of the cause.
The Lord also worked and many embrasd [embraced] the work, and the  honest in heart stood firm and immovable. It was very [p. 10]
so that they cannot be brought to repentance. For when and the Revelator arrivd there, they held prayer meetings, among the disciples, and they also held public meetings but it was all in vain, they threatend to kill them. Therefore, they knew that they were not fit for the kingdom of God, and well nigh ripe for destruction. The Spirit of the Lord fell upon and he spoke with boldness, and he preached the gospel in its purity; but they laughed him to scorn, he being filled, with the Holy Spirit, he cried aloud O ye heavens give ere and ye angels attend, I bear witness in the name of Jesus Christ that this people is sealed up to everlasting destruction. And immediately he left them and escaped out of their hands. And his enemies were astonished and amazed at the doctrine which he preached, for they taught as men having authority and not as hireling priests.
After Joseph and returned from to . The Lord manifested himself to Joseph the Revelater and gave commandment for to go to the , and carry the commandments and revelations, with me, to comfort and strengthen my brethren in that land. The disciples had increased in number about three hundred. But the enemy of all righteous had got hold of some of those who profesed to be his followers, because they had not sufficent knowledge to detect him in all his devices. He took a notion to blind the minds of some of the weaker ones, and made them think that an angel of God appeard to them, and showed them writings on the outside cover of the Bible, and on parchment, which flew through the air, and on the back of their hands, and many such foolish and vain things, others lost their strength, and some slid on the floor, and such like maneuvers, which proved greatly to the injury of the cause.
The Lord also worked and many embrasd embraced the work, and the honest in heart stood firm and immovable. It was very [p. 10]
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