Lucy Mack Smith, History, 1844–1845

  • Source Note
  • Historical Introduction
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Book 6

up to the time when he took <it> out of the stone <cement> b0x  in the hill of cumorah which took place the mor [n]ing that missed his horse and waggon  when <Joseph> he took the plates into his hands at this time  the angel of the Lord stood by and said now you  have got the record into your own hands and you  are but a man therefore you will have to be watch ful and faithful to your trust or you will be over powered by wicked men for they will lay every plan  and scheme that is possible to get them away fro m you and if you do not take heed continually they  will suceed while they were in my hands I could  keep them and no man had power <to take> them away but  now I give them up to you beware and look well  to your ways— <and you shall have power to keep <retain> them untill the time for them to be translated> The thing which spoke of it had that  Joseph termed a Key was indeed nothing more nor  less than the a urim and Thummim by which  the angel manifested those things to <him> that were shown  him in vision by the which also he could at any time  ascertain the approach of danger Either to himself or  the record and for this cause he kept these things  constantly about his person <new Chapter> he now commenced  work with his on the farm in order to be  near the treasure that was commited to his cares  one day he came to the house in haste and inquired  if there had been <a> company of men there I told him  there had no one came to the house since he left  it he said that there would be a mob there  that night if not before to search for the records  and that it must be removed Soon after one   came from the neghboring village  <of > a man of in whom we reposed much confid ence and who was well worthy of the same to him  Joseph told his apprehension of a mob and  says he we must drive them away [p. [1], bk. 6]

Book 6

when Joseph took the plates into his hands at this time the angel of the Lord stood by and said now you have got the record into your own hands and you are but a man therefore you will have to be watchful and faithful to your trust or you will be overpowered by wicked men for they will lay every plan and scheme that is possible to get them away from you and if you do not take heed continually they will suceed while they were in my hands I could keep them and no man had power to take them away but now I give them up to you beware and look well to your ways— and you shall have power to retain them untill the time for them to be translated The thing which spoke of that Joseph termed a Key was indeed nothing more nor less than a urim and Thummim by which the angel manifested those things to him that were shown him in vision by the which also he could at any time ascertain the approach of danger Either to himself or the record and for this cause he kept these things constantly about his person new Chapter he now commenced work with his on the farm in order to be near the treasure that was commited to his care one day he came to the house in haste and inquired if there had been a company of men there I told him there had no one came to the house since he left it he said that there would be a mob there that night if not before to search for the record and that it must be removed Soon after one came from the village of a man in whom we reposed much confidence and who was well worthy of the same to Joseph told his apprehension of a mob and says he we must drive them away [p. [1], bk. 6]
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