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John Whitmer, History, 1831–circa 1847

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given you, until he is called to further duties. Again,  verily I say unto you, that he can also lift up his voice in meetings,  when ever it shall be expedient.
And again, I say unto you, that it shall be appointed unto  you him to keep the church record and historey continually, for   I have appointed unto another office. Wherefor  it shall be given him, inasmuch as he is faithful, by the Com forter, to write these things; even so. Amen.
has written the commencement of the church  history commencing at the time of the finding of the plates, up  to June 12, 1831. from this date I have written the things  that I have written, and they are a mere sketch of the things  that have transpired, they are however all that seemed to me  wisdom to write—many things hapened that are to be lamentd  because of the weakness and instability of man. The Devil  having a gr[e]at hold on the hearts of the children of men, and  the foolish traditions of our fathers, is to be lamented, for  they count themselves the children of wisdom, and great,  knowledge, in consequence of which the fulness of the gospel  finds its way to but few of the hearts of this generation.  Although their hearts must be penetrated, whethey they will hear  or whether they will forbear.
Permit me here to remark, that , , and , were the three Witnesses, whose  names are attached to the Book of Mormon according to the  prediction of the Book, who knew and seen, for a surity,  into whose presence the anger [angel] of God came and showed them  the Plates, the ball, the directers, &c. And also other witnessees  even eight Viz. , , ,   , , ,  and . are the men to whom Joseph Smith Jr  showed the Plates, these witnesses names go forth also of the  truth of this work in the last days. To the convincing or con demning of this generation in the last day. [p. 25]
given you, until he is called to further duties. Again, verily I say unto you, that he can also lift up his voice in meetings, when ever it shall be expedient.
And again, I say unto you, that it shall be appointed unto him to keep the church record and historey continually, for I have appointed unto another office. Wherefor it shall be given him, inasmuch as he is faithful, by the Comforter, to write these things; even so. Amen.
has written the commencement of the church history commencing at the time of the finding of the plates, up to June 12, 1831. from this date I have written the things that I have written, and they are a mere sketch of the things that have transpired, they are however all that seemed to me wisdom to write—many things hapened that are to be lamentd because of the weakness and instability of man. The Devil having a great hold on the hearts of the children of men, and the foolish traditions of our fathers, is to be lamented, for they count themselves the children of wisdom, and great, knowledge, in consequence of which the fulness of the gospel finds its way to but few of the hearts of this generation. Although their hearts must be penetrated, whethey they will hear or whether they will forbear.
Permit me here to remark, that , , and , were the three Witnesses, whose names are attached to the Book of Mormon according to the prediction of the Book, who knew and seen, for a surity, into whose presence the anger angel of God came and showed them the Plates, the ball, the directers, &c. And also other witnessees even eight Viz. , , , , , , and . are the men to whom Joseph Smith Jr showed the Plates, these witnesses names go forth also of the truth of this work in the last days. To the convincing or condemning of this generation in the last day. [p. 25]
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