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John Whitmer, History, 1831–circa 1847

  • Source Note
  • Historical Introduction
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Wherefore, watch over him that his faith fail not, and it shall be given by the Comforter, the Holy Ghost, that knoweth all things: and a commandment I give unto thee, that thou shalt write for him: and the scriptures shall be given <even> as they are in mine own bosom, to the salvation of mine own elect: for they will hear my voice, and shall see me, and shall not be asleep, and shall abide the day of my coming, for they shall be purified even as I am pure. And now I say unto you, tarry with him and he shall journey with you: forsake him not and sur[e]ly these things shall be fulfilled. And inasmuch as ye do not write, behold it shall be given unto him to prophesy: and thou shalt preach my gospel, and call on the holy prophets to prove his words, as they shall be given him.
Keep all the commandments and covenants by which you are bound, and I will cause the heavens to shake for your good: and Satan shall tremble; and Zion shall rejoice upon the hills, and flourish; and Israel shall be saved in my own due time. And by the keys by which <I> have been given, shall they be led and no more be confounded at all. Lift up your hearts and be glad; your redemption draweth nigh. Fear not little flock, the kingdom is yours until I come. Behold I come quickle, even so: Amen.
Now, after the Lord had made known, what he would that his servant should do, he went to writing the things which the Lord showed unto his servant the seer. The Lord made known, some of the hidden things of the <his> kingdom of God; for he unfolded the prophesy of Enoch the sevanth from Adam. After they had written this prophecy, they the Lord spake to them again, and gave further directions.
Behold I say unto you, that it is not expedient in me that ye should translate any more until ye shall go to the ; and this because of the enemy and for your sakes. And again, I say unto you, that ye shall not go until ye have preached th <my> gospel in those parts, and have strengthened up the church withersoever it is found, and more especially in for behold they prey unto [p. 4]
Wherefore, watch over him that his faith fail not, and it shall be given by the Comforter, the Holy Ghost, that knoweth all things: and a commandment I give unto thee, that thou shalt write for him: and the scriptures shall be given even as they are in mine own bosom, to the salvation of mine own elect: for they will hear my voice, and shall see me, and shall not be asleep, and shall abide the day of my coming, for they shall be purified even as I am pure. And now I say unto you, tarry with him and he shall journey with you: forsake him not and surely these things shall be fulfilled. And inasmuch as ye do not write, behold it shall be given unto him to prophesy: and thou shalt preach my gospel, and call on the holy prophets to prove his words, as they shall be given him.
Keep all the commandments and covenants by which you are bound, and I will cause the heavens to shake for your good: and Satan shall tremble; and Zion shall rejoice upon the hills, and flourish; and Israel shall be saved in my own due time. And by the keys by which I have given, shall they be led and no more be confounded at all. Lift up your hearts and be glad; your redemption draweth nigh. Fear not little flock, the kingdom is yours until I come. Behold I come quickle, even so: Amen.
Now, after the Lord had made known, what he would that his servant should do, he went to writing the things which the Lord showed unto his servant the seer. The Lord made known, some of the hidden things of his kingdom ; for he unfolded the prophesy of Enoch the sevanth from Adam. After they had written this prophecy, the Lord spake to them again, and gave further directions.
Behold I say unto you, that it is not expedient in me that ye should translate any more until ye shall go to the ; and this because of the enemy and for your sakes. And again, I say unto you, that ye shall not go until ye have preached my gospel in those parts, and have strengthened up the church withersoever it is found, and more especially in for behold they prey unto [p. 4]
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