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John Whitmer, History, 1831–circa 1847

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  • Historical Introduction
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become void and of none affect; and wo to him by whom this offenc[e] cometh, for it had been better for him that he had been drownd in the depth of the sea; but blessed are they who have kept the covenant, and observed the commandment, for they shall obtain mercy.
Wherefore, go to now and flee the land, lest your enemies come upon you; and take your journey into the regions westward, and appoint whom you will to be your leader, and to pay moneys for you. And thus you shall take your Journey <into you the regions> westward, unto the land of , unto the borders of the Lamanites. And after you have done Journeying, behold I say unto you, seek ye a living like unto men, until I prepare a place for you.
And [a]gain, be patient in tribulation until I come: and behold I come quickly, and my reward is with me, and th[e]y who have sought me early, shall find rest to their souls; even so: Amen.[”]
After some time some of the elders had left, and the time for Joseph Smith Jr. and others to leave. Some of those who had been commanded to take their Journey speedily, that some had denied the faith, and turned from the truth. And the church at Ohio, had not done according to the will of the [Lord?]. Therefore, before Joseph and his company left thus came the word of the Lord; saying: Hearken O ye my people which profes my name, &c. See, book doctrine & covenants first edition published at Ohio, page 197. insert the revelation.
The Church at made all posible haste to leav for , and left and none of their enemies harmed them.
The Church at Ohio was also anxious to take their Journey to : and by much teasing they obtained a permit to take their Journey. [p. 30]
become void and of none affect; and wo to him by whom this offence cometh, for it had been better for him that he had been drownd in the depth of the sea; but blessed are they who have kept the covenant, and observed the commandment, for they shall obtain mercy.
Wherefore, go to now and flee the land, lest your enemies come upon you; and take your journey , and appoint whom you will to be your leader, and to pay moneys for you. And thus you shall take your Journey into the regions westward, unto the land of , unto the borders of the Lamanites. And after you have done Journeying, behold I say unto you, seek ye a living like unto men, until I prepare a place for you.
And [a]gain, be patient in tribulation until I come: and behold I come quickly, and my reward is with me, and they who have sought me early, shall find rest to their souls; even so: Amen.”
After some of the elders had left, and the time for Joseph Smith Jr. and others to leave. Some of those who had been commanded to take their Journey speedily, that some had denied the faith, and turned from the truth. And the church at Ohio, had not done according to the will of the Lord. Therefore, before Joseph and his company left thus came the word of the Lord; saying: Hearken O ye my people which profes my name, &c. See, book doctrine & covenants first edition published at Ohio, page 197. insert the revelation.
The Church at made all posible haste to leav for , and left and none of their enemies harmed them.
The Church at Ohio was also anxious to take their Journey to : and by much teasing they obtained a permit to take their Journey. [p. 30]
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