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John Whitmer, History, 1831–circa 1847

  • Source Note
  • Historical Introduction
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Chapter 1
The Book of , < kept by Comma[n]d>
I shall proceed to continue this  record, being commanded of the Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, to  to write the things that transpire in this church, (inasmuch as they  come to my knowledge,) in these last days. It is now June  the twelfth one thousand eight hundred and thirty one years, since  the coming of our Lord and Savior, in the flesh,
Not many days after my brethren, , , and : Received a commandment of  the Lord, through Joseph Smith Jr., to take their Journey to the  Lamanites, and preach the gospel of our Lord and Savior, among  them, and establish the church of Christ among them. They journ eyed as far West as the State of ; and through the divine  influences of the Holy Spirit, by the assistance of the Lord, they  built a branch of the church, in State of Ohio, which  consisted of about one hundred and thirty members.
And now it came to pass, that before they proceded, on  their Journey from this place, There was a man whose name was  , he having been an instrument in the hands of  the Lord of doing much good. He was in search of truth, conse quently he receivd the fulness of the gospel with gladness of  heart, even the book of Mormon; it being what he was in search  after, notwitstanding it was some days before he obtained a witness,  from the Lord, of the truth of his work. After several days the Lord  heard his cries, and answered his prayers, and by vision showed to  him, that this eminated from him and must remain: it being the  Fulness of the gospel of Jesus Christ: first unto thee Gentiles and then  unto the Jews.
Now it came to pass, after , <was> and recived into this  church, that he was ordained an elder, under the hands of . He having much anxiety to see Joseph Smith Jr. the  Seer which <whom> the Lord had raised up in these last days. Therefore he  took his Journey to the State of , where Joseph. Resided.
There was another man whose name is , [p. 1]
Chapter 1
The Book of , kept by Command
I shall proceed to continue this record, being commanded of the Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, to write the things that transpire in this church, (inasmuch as they come to my knowledge,) in these last days. It is now June the twelfth one thousand eight hundred and thirty one years, since the coming of our Lord and Savior, in the flesh,
Not many days after my brethren, , , and : Received a commandment of the Lord, through Joseph Smith Jr., to take their Journey to the Lamanites, and preach the gospel of our Lord and Savior, among them, and establish the church of Christ among them. They journeyed as far West as the State of ; and through the divine influences of the Holy Spirit, by the assistance of the Lord, they built a branch of the church, in State of Ohio, which consisted of about one hundred and thirty members.
And now it came to pass, that before they proceded, on their Journey from this place, There was a man whose name was , he having been an instrument in the hands of the Lord of doing much good. He was in search of truth, consequently he receivd the fulness of the gospel with gladness of heart, even the book of Mormon; it being what he was in search after, notwitstanding it was some days before he obtained a witness, from the Lord, of the truth of his work. After several days the Lord heard his cries, and answered his prayers, and by vision showed to him, that this eminated from him and must remain: it being the Fulness of the gospel of Jesus Christ: first unto the Gentiles and then unto the Jews.
Now it came to pass, after , was recived into this church, that he was ordained an elder, under the hands of . He having much anxiety to see Joseph Smith Jr. the Seer whom the Lord had raised up in these last days. Therefore he took his Journey to the State of , where Joseph. Resided.
There was another man whose name is , [p. 1]
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