John Whitmer, History, 1831–circa 1847

  • Source Note
  • Historical Introduction
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who was also desirous, to see the Seer, Therefore, he accompanied  , and journeyed with him, to behold this man of God! even  Joseph Smith Jr. he being desirous to know the truth of these  things: But not having confidence enough to enquire at the hand of  God, Therefore he sought testimony of man, and he obtained it, and  received the truth and obeyed the divine requirements, and was also  ordained an Elder unto this church, to preach repentance and remis sion of sins, unto this idolertrous generation.
Wherefore, after had been at he a few  days he proclaimed the gospel, in those regions rount about, at  which the people stood trembling and amazed, so powerful were  his words, and some obeyed, the gospel, and came forth out of  the water, rejoicing with Joy which is <unspeakable and> full of glory. From  thence he journey[ed] to , where Joseph lived, and there he  also proclaimed the gospel, and in the regions round about <and>. there  were members added.
Now in these days was desirous to have  the Seer enquire of the Lord, to know what the will of  the Lord was concerning him. Accordingly Joseph enquired of  the Lord, and these are the words that were spoken to him,  saying:
Listen to the Lord your God, even Alpha and Omega,  the beginning and the end, whose course is one eternal round,  the same to day as yesterday and for ever. I am Jesus Christ,  the Son of God, who was crucified for the sins of the world,  even as many as will believe on my name, that they may  become the sons of God, even one in me as I am in the Father,  as the Father is one in me, that we may be one.
Behold, verily, verily I say unto my servant , I have  looked upon thee and thy works. I have heard thy prayers and prepared  thee for a greater work. Thou art blessed, for thou shalt do greater  things. Behold thou wast sent forth even as John, to prepare  the way before me, and before Elijah which should come,  and thou knew it not. Thou didst baptize by water unto  repentanc[e], but they received not the holy Ghost; but now I  give unto you a commandment, that thou shalt baptize by water, [p. 2]
who was also desirous, to see the Seer, Therefore, he accompanied , and journeyed with him, to behold this man of God! even Joseph Smith Jr. he being desirous to know the truth of these things: But not having confidence enough to enquire at the hand of God, Therefore he sought testimony of man, and he obtained it, and received the truth and obeyed the divine requirements, and was also ordained an Elder unto this church, to preach repentance and remission of sins, unto this idolertrous generation.
Wherefore, after had been at a few days he proclaimed the gospel, in those regions rount about, at which the people stood trembling and amazed, so powerful were his words, and some obeyed, the gospel, and came forth out of the water, rejoicing with Joy which is unspeakable and full of glory. From thence he journeyed to , where Joseph lived, and there he also proclaimed the gospel, in the regions round about and. there were members added.
Now in these days was desirous to have the Seer enquire of the Lord, to know what the will of the Lord was concerning him. Accordingly Joseph enquired of the Lord, and these are the words that were spoken to him, saying:
Listen to the Lord your God, even Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end, whose course is one eternal round, the same to day as yesterday and for ever. I am Jesus Christ, the Son of God, who was crucified for the sins of the world, even as many as will believe on my name, that they may become the sons of God, even one in me as I am in the Father, as the Father is one in me, that we may be one.
Behold, verily, verily I say unto my servant , I have looked upon thee and thy works. I have heard thy prayers and prepared thee for a greater work. Thou art blessed, for thou shalt do great things. Behold thou wast sent forth even as John, to prepare the way before me, and before Elijah which should come, and thou knew it not. Thou didst baptize by water unto repentance, but they received not the holy Ghost; but now I give unto you a commandment, that thou shalt baptize by water, [p. 2]
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