History, circa 1841, draft [Draft 3]

  • Source Note
  • Historical Introduction
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be made so exceedingly white. and briliant.
His hands and arms were naked. alittle above the wrist. so also <​were​> his feet and legs alittle ab[o]ve the ancles; his head and neck were also bare. I could discover that he had no other clothing but the robe. as it was open so that I could see his bosom. Not only was his robe exceedingly white; but his whole person was glorious beyond discription. and his countenance truly like lightning. The room was exceedingly light but not so much so as immediately around his person When I first looked upon <​him​> it I was afraid; but the fear soon left me: calling me by name, <​he​> said. that he was a messenger. sent from the presence of God to me. and that his name was Nephi.— that he had a work for me to do that my name should be had for good and evil. among all nations. kindreds. & tongues— that there was a book deposited: written upon gold plates, giving an account of the former inhabitants of this Continent. as well as their origin— that the fullness of the everlasting Gospel as delivered by the Savior. to <​the​> ancient inhabitants. was contained in them— that there were two stones in silver bows. and these (stones fastened to a brest plate.) constitutes what is called the Urim & Thummin. deposited with the Plates. the possession. and use of which. constituted seers in ancient times— that God had prepared them for the purpose of translating the book! After telling me these things. he commenced quoting the prophecies of the old testament. He first quoted part of the first <​third​> Chapter of Malachi. He also quoted the fourth or last chapr. of the same prophecy; though with a little variation [p. 6]
be made so exceedingly white. and briliant.
His hands and arms were naked. alittle above the wrist. so also were his feet and legs alittle above the ancles; his head and neck were also bare. I could discover that he had no other clothing but the robe. as it was open so that I could see his bosom. Not only was his robe exceedingly white; but his whole person was glorious beyond discription. and his countenance truly like lightning. The room was exceedingly light but not so much so as immediately around his person When I first looked upon him I was afraid; but the fear soon left me: calling me by name, he said. he was a messenger. sent from the presence of God to me. and that his name was Nephi.— that he had a work for me to do that my name should be had for good and evil. among all nations. kindreds. & tongues— that there was a book deposited: written upon gold plates, giving an account of the former inhabitants of this Continent. as well as their origin— that the fullness of the everlasting Gospel as delivered by the Savior. to the ancient inhabitants. was contained in them— that there were two stones in silver bows. and these (stones fastened to a brest plate.) constitutes what is called the Urim & Thummin. deposited with the Plates. the possession. and use of which. constituted seers in ancient times— that God had prepared them for the purpose of translating the book! After telling me these things. he commenced quoting the prophecies of the old testament. He first quoted part of the third Chapter of Malachi. He also quoted the fourth or last chapr. of the same prophecy; though with a little variation [p. 6]
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