Lucy Mack Smith, History, 1844–1845

  • Source Note
  • Historical Introduction
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of this continent their dress thier maner of traveling  the animals which they rode The cities that were built  by them the structure of their buildings with eve ry particular of their mode of warfare their religi ous worship as particularly as though he had Spent  his life with them it will be recollected by the reader  that all that I mentioned and much more took pla ce within the compass of one short year
The angel informed him at one time that he  might make an effort to obtain the plates <on> the <22nd of the> ensueing  September and if <he visited the place where the plates were laid and> <thinking> he could keep every commmandment  given him <supposed> that it would be possible for him to take  them from their place and carry them home<)> but said  the divine messenger you must take them into your  hands and go straight to the house without delay  not and not stopping <and put them in immediately and lock them up> Accordingly when the time arrived  he went to the place appointed and removed the moss  and grass from the surface of the rock and then pryed up  the flat stone according to the directions which he had  received he then discovered the plates laying on on 4 pillars  in the inside of the box <*> he put forth his hand <and> took them up  <but> when he lifted them from their place the thought flashed  across his mind that there might be something more in the  box that might would be a benefit to him in a pecuniary  point of view in the excitement of the moment he laid  the record down in order to cover up the box least some  one should come along and take away whatever else might  be deposited there When he turned again to take up the  record it was gone but where he knew not nor did he  know by what means it was taken away he was much  alarmed at this tha and <he and> kneeled down <&> asked the Lord why  it was that the record was taken from him The angel appear ed to him and told him that he had not done as he was  commanded in that he laid down the record and in  order to to secure some imaginary treasure that rema [p. [2], bk. 4]
of this continent their dress thier maner of traveling the animals which they rode The cities that were built by them the structure of their buildings with every particular of their mode of warfare their religious worship as particularly as though he had Spent his life with them it will be recollected by the reader that all that I mentioned and much more took place within the compass of one short year
on the 22nd of the ensueing September he visited the place where the plates were laid and thinking he could keep every commmandment given him supposed that it would be possible for him to take them from their place and carry them home) but said the divine messenger you must take them into your hands and go straight to the house without delay and put them immediately and lock them up Accordingly when the time arrived he went to the place appointed and removed the moss and grass from the surface of the rock and then pryed up the flat stone according to the directions which he had received he then discovered the plates laying on 4 pillars in the inside of the box * he put forth his hand and took them up but when he lifted them from their place the thought flashed across his mind that there might be something more in the box that would be a benefit to him in a pecuniary point of view in the excitement of the moment he laid the record down in order to cover up the box least some one should come along and take away whatever else might be deposited there When he turned again to take up the record it was gone but where he knew not nor did he know by what means it was taken away he was much alarmed at this he kneeled down & asked the Lord why it was that the record was taken from him The angel appeared to him and told him that he had not done as he was commanded in that he laid down the record in order to secure some imaginary treasure that rema [p. [2], bk. 4]
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