Times and Seasons, 1 March 1842

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vah, and I know the end from the begin ning, therefore, my hand shall be over  thee, and I will make of thee a great na tion, and I will bless thee above measure,  and make thy name great among all na tions, and thou shalt be a blessing unto  thy seed after thee, that in their hands  they shall bear this ministry and priest hood unto all nations; and I will bless them  through thy name; for as many as re ceive this gospel shall be called after thy  name, and shall be accounted thy seed,  and shall rise up and bless thee, as unto  their father, and I will bless them that  bless thee, and curse them that curse  thee, and in thee, (that is, in thy  Priesthood) and in thy seed, (that  is thy Priesthood,) for I give unto thee a  promise that this right shall continue in  thee, and in thy seed after thee (that is to  say, the literal seed, or the seed of the  body,) shall all the families of the earth  be blessed, even with the blessings of the  gospel, which are the blessings of salva tion, even of life eternal.
12. Now, after the Lord had withdrawn  from speaking to me, and withdrawn his  face from me, I said in mine heart, thy  servent has sought thee earnestly, now I  have found thee. Thou didst send thine  angel to deliver me from the Gods of El kenah, and I will do well to hearken unto  thy voice, therefore let thy servant rise  up aud depart in peace. So I, Abram,  departed as the Lord had said unto me,  and Lot with me, and I, Abram, was six ty and two years old when I departed out  of Haran. And I took Sarai, whom I  took to wife when I was in Ur, in Chal dea, and Lot, my brother’s son, and all  our substance that we had gathered, and  the souls that we had won in Haran, and  came forth in the way to the land of Ca naan, and dwelt in tents, as we came on  our way: therefore, eternity was our cov ering, and our rock, and our salvation, as  we journeyed from Haran by the way of  Jershon, to come to the land of Canaan.
13. Now I, Abram, built an altar in  the land of Jershon, and made an offering  unto the Lord, and prayed that the fam ine might be turned away from my fa ther’s house, that they might not perish;  and then we passed from Jershon through  the land, unto the place of Sechem. It  was situated in the plains of Moreh, and  we had already came into the borders of  the land of the Canaanites, and I offered  sacrifice there in the plains of Mo[r]eh, and  called on the Lord devoutly because we  had already come into the land of this  idolatrous nation.
 
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CHURCH HISTORY.
At the request of Mr. ,  Editor, and Proprietor of the “Chicago  Democrat,” I have written the following  sketch of the rise, progress, persecution,  and faith of the Latter-Day Saints, of  which I have the honor, under God, of be ing the founder. says,  that he wishes to furnish , a  friend of his, who is writing the history  of New Hampshire, with this document.  As has taken the proper  steps to obtain correct information all  that I shall ask at his hands, is, that he  publish the account entire, ungarnished,  and without misrepresentation.
I was born in the town of Sharon  Windsor co., Vermont, on the 23d of De cember, A. D. 1805. When ten years  old my parents removed to  New York, where we resided about four  years, and from thence we removed to  the town of .
My was a farmer and taught  me the art of husbandry. When about  fourteen years of age I began to reflect  upon the importance of being prepared  for a future state, and upon enquiring  the plan of salvation I found that there  was a great clash in religious sentiment;  if I went to one society they referred me  to one plan, and another to another; each  one pointing to his own particular creed  as the summum bonum of perfection:  considering that all could not be right,  and that God could not be the author of  so much confusion I determined to inves tigate the subject more fully, believing  that if God had a church it would not be  split up into factions, and that if he  taught one society to worship one way,  and administer in one set of ordinances,  he would not teach another principles  which were diametrically opposed. Be lieving the word of God I had confidence  in the declaration of James; “If any man  lack wisdom let him ask of God who giv eth to all men liberally and upbraideth  not and it shall be given him,” I retired  to a secret place in a grove and began to  call upon the Lord, while fervently en gaged in supplication my mind was taken  away from the objects with which I was  surrounded, and I was enwrapped in a [p. 706]
vah, and I know the end from the beginning, therefore, my hand shall be over thee, and I will make of thee a great nation, and I will bless thee above measure, and make thy name great among all nations, and thou shalt be a blessing unto thy seed after thee, that in their hands they shall bear this ministry and priesthood unto all nations; and I will bless them through thy name; for as many as receive this gospel shall be called after thy name, and shall be accounted thy seed, and shall rise up and bless thee, as unto their father, and I will bless them that bless thee, and curse them that curse thee, and in thee, (that is, in thy Priesthood) and in thy seed, (that is thy Priesthood,) for I give unto thee a promise that this right shall continue in thee, and in thy seed after thee (that is to say, the literal seed, or the seed of the body,) shall all the families of the earth be blessed, even with the blessings of the gospel, which are the blessings of salvation, even of life eternal.
12. Now, after the Lord had withdrawn from speaking to me, and withdrawn his face from me, I said in mine heart, thy servent has sought thee earnestly, now I have found thee. Thou didst send thine angel to deliver me from the Gods of Elkenah, and I will do well to hearken unto thy voice, therefore let thy servant rise up aud depart in peace. So I, Abram, departed as the Lord had said unto me, and Lot with me, and I, Abram, was sixty and two years old when I departed out of Haran. And I took Sarai, whom I took to wife when I was in Ur, in Chaldea, and Lot, my brother’s son, and all our substance that we had gathered, and the souls that we had won in Haran, and came forth in the way to the land of Canaan, and dwelt in tents, as we came on our way: therefore, eternity was our covering, and our rock, and our salvation, as we journeyed from Haran by the way of Jershon, to come to the land of Canaan.
13. Now I, Abram, built an altar in the land of Jershon, and made an offering unto the Lord, and prayed that the famine might be turned away from my father’s house, that they might not perish; and then we passed from Jershon through the land, unto the place of Sechem. It was situated in the plains of Moreh, and we had already came into the borders of the land of the Canaanites, and I offered sacrifice there in the plains of Moreh, and called on the Lord devoutly because we had already come into the land of this idolatrous nation.
 
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CHURCH HISTORY.
At the request of Mr. , Editor, and Proprietor of the “Chicago Democrat,” I have written the following sketch of the rise, progress, persecution, and faith of the Latter-Day Saints, of which I have the honor, under God, of being the founder. says, that he wishes to furnish , a friend of his, who is writing the history of New Hampshire, with this document. As has taken the proper steps to obtain correct information all that I shall ask at his hands, is, that he publish the account entire, ungarnished, and without misrepresentation.
I was born in the town of Sharon Windsor co., Vermont, on the 23d of December, A. D. 1805. When ten years old my parents removed to New York, where we resided about four years, and from thence we removed to the town of .
My was a farmer and taught me the art of husbandry. When about fourteen years of age I began to reflect upon the importance of being prepared for a future state, and upon enquiring the plan of salvation I found that there was a great clash in religious sentiment; if I went to one society they referred me to one plan, and another to another; each one pointing to his own particular creed as the summum bonum of perfection: considering that all could not be right, and that God could not be the author of so much confusion I determined to investigate the subject more fully, believing that if God had a church it would not be split up into factions, and that if he taught one society to worship one way, and administer in one set of ordinances, he would not teach another principles which were diametrically opposed. Believing the word of God I had confidence in the declaration of James; “If any man lack wisdom let him ask of God who giveth to all men liberally and upbraideth not and it shall be given him,” I retired to a secret place in a grove and began to call upon the Lord, while fervently engaged in supplication my mind was taken away from the objects with which I was surrounded, and I was enwrapped in a [p. 706]
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