History, circa 1841, draft [Draft 3]

  • Source Note
  • Historical Introduction
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and obtain it and not be upbraided. I continued to pursue my common avocasions in life. until the 21st sep.t. 1823. suffering severe persecusion from both religious & irreligious; because I asserted the truth of what I had seen. Professors of religion neglecting to obey the precepts of the religion <​Saviour;​> which they professed inasmuch as instead of extending towards me that kindness of demeanor. which my extreme youth demanded. and endeavoring in kindness and with affection. to win me back from my fanaticism and delusion: (as they were pleased to term it.) they heaped upon me bitter persecutions. and revilings. Consequently I was Subject to all kinds of temptations. and mingling with all kinds of company. I frequently fell into my many errors. and displayed the weak (evinced evincing the weakness of youth and corruptions of human nature.) which were offensive in the sight of God. In co. In consequence of which, I often felt condemned; for these <​this​> my imperfection and weakness. On <​the evening of​> the above mentioned. 21st of Sep.t. after I had retired to rest, I betook myself to prayer and supplication. to Almighty God; asking forgivness for all my sins. and follies. also for a manifestation of my state and standing before him; still having full confidence. that my prayer would be answered. as it had previously been. While in the act of calling upon God. I discovered a light in the room. which continued to increase untill it exceeded that of the sun at mid.day. when a person appeared at my bed side. standing in the air. for his feet did not touch the floor; having on a robe of most exquisite whiteness. exceeding anything I had ever seen. nor do I believe. that any earthly thing could [p. 5]
and obtain it and not be upbraided. I continued to pursue my common avocasions in life. until the 21st sep.t. 1823. suffering severe persecusion from both religious & irreligious; because I asserted the truth of what I had seen. Professors of religion neglecting to obey the precepts of the Saviour; instead of extending towards me that kindness of demeanor. which my extreme youth demanded. and endeavoring with affection. to win me back from my fanaticism and delusion: (as they were pleased to term it.) heaped upon me bitter persecutions. and revilings. Consequently I was Subject to all kinds of temptations. and mingling with all kinds of company. I fell into many errors. ( evincing the weakness of youth and corruption of human nature.) which were offensive in the sight of God. In consequence of which, I often felt condemned; for this my imperfection and weakness. On the evening of the above mentioned. 21st of Sep.t. after I retired to rest, I betook myself to prayer and supplication. to Almighty God; asking forgivness for all my sins. and follies. also for a manifestation of my state and standing before him; still having full confidence. that my prayer would be answered. as it had previously been. While in the act of calling upon God. I discovered a light in the room. which continued to increase untill it exceeded that of the sun at mid.day. when a person appeared at my bed side. standing in the air. for his feet did not touch the floor; having on a robe of most exquisite whiteness. exceeding anything I had ever seen. nor do I believe. that any earthly thing could [p. 5]
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