History, circa June–October 1839 [Draft 1]

  • Source Note
  • Historical Introduction
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thus been forced to abandon for a time. We had scarcely however arrived at when the mob was seen collecting together to oppose us, and we considered it wisdom to leave for home, which we did without having waited even to refresh ourselves, by something to eat. Four enemies pursued us, and it was often times as much as we could do to elude them, however we managed to get home, after having traveled all night, except a short time which we were forced to rest ourselves under a large tree by the way side, sleeping and watching alternately. And thus were we persecuted on account of <​our​> religious faith—in a country the constitution of which guarantees to every man the indefeasable right to worship God according to the dictates of his own conscience. And by men too who were professors of religion, and who were not backward to maintain this right for themselves, though they thus wantonly could deny <​it to​> us. the same privilege
<​for instance on[e] , a presbyterian of high standing in his church, was one of the chief instigators of these persecutions, and told me personally <​named​> that he believed me culpable with out Judge or Jury. The celebrated <​, also presbyterian​> was another instigater of the business. And a young man <​named &​> of the same <​religious​> Faith swore out the first warrant against me,​>
now came to live with me and write for me. [blank lines]
Revelation Page 111 & Page 178 & Page 179
Notwithstanding however all the rage of our enemies, still we had much conselation, and many things occurred to strengthen our faith, and cheer our hearts amidst our trials, and persecutions. After we had returned home after our trial, the church at , were, as might be expected, very anxious concerning our again visiting them, during which time, , (wife to had a dream which enabled her to say that we would soon visit them that day, which really came to pass, for a few hours after she had told her dream we arrived and thus was our faith much strengthened, concerning the things of the last days mentioned by the Prophet Joel. of dreams & visions—
After our return to my <​own​> house as above mentioned, we received the following Revelations,,, Rev page 111— page 179 page 178—
<​Shortly afterwards, returned to ’s, house <​and​> (who was now living with me) and my self began to arrange & copy the revelations and commandments which we had received from time​> [p. [22]]
thus been forced to abandon for a time. We had scarcely however arrived at when the mob was seen collecting together to oppose us, and we considered it wisdom to leave for home, which we did without having waited even to refresh ourselves, by something to eat. our enemies pursued us, and it was often times as much as we could do to elude them, however we managed to get home, after having traveled all night, except a short time which we were forced to rest ourselves under a large tree by the way side, sleeping and watching alternately. And thus were we persecuted on account of our religious faith—in a country the constitution of which guarantees to every man the indefeasable right to worship God according to the dictates of his own conscience. And by men too who were professors of religion, and who were not backward to maintain this right for themselves, though they thus wantonly could deny it to us.
for instance one , a presbyterian of high standing in his church, was one of the chief instigators of these persecutions, and told me personally that he believed me culpable with out Judge or Jury. The celebrated , also presbyterian was another instigater of the business. And a young man named & of the same religious Faith swore out the first warrant against me,
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Notwithstanding however all the rage of our enemies, still we had much conselation, and many things occurred to strengthen our faith, and cheer our hearts amidst our trials, and persecutions. After we had returned home after our trial, the church at , were, as might be expected, very anxious concerning our again visiting them, during which time, , (wife to had a dream which enabled her to say that we would visit them that day, which really came to pass, for a few hours after she had told her dream we arrived and thus was our faith much strengthened, concerning the things of the last days mentioned by the Prophet Joel. of dreams & visions—
After our return to my own house as above mentioned, we received the following Revelations,,, Rev page 111— page 179 page 178—
Shortly afterwards, returned to ’s, and (who was now living with me) and my self began to arrange & copy the revelations and commandments which we had received from time [p. [22]]
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