History, circa June–October 1839 [Draft 1]

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  • Historical Introduction
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Septer 1rst we met in general conference of the Church—at s , <to time from our Heavenly Father, which engaged our attention for some time. Whilst thus (and otherwise at intervals) employed in the work appointed me by my great Creator I received a letter from the contents of which gave me both sorrow and uneasiness. Not having that letter now in my possession I cannot of course give it here <​in​> full but merely an extract, of the most prominent part, which I can yet; and expect long to remember. It was as follows. to the effect that, he had discovered an error, in one of the commandments,,, see book of Covenants Section 2nd paragraph 7th “and truly manifest by their works that they have received of the Spirit of Christ unto the remission of their Sins” the above quotation he said was erroneous, And <​added I​> commanded me you in the name of God, To erase those words from that commandment, “that no priestcraft be amongst us”.
I immediately wrote to him in reply, in which I asked him, by what authority he took upon him to command me to alter or erase, to add or diminish to or from a revelation or commandment from the Almighty God.
I shortly after paid him a visit when I found that he had persuaded and most of the family that the above was an error— And it was with great difficulty, and much labour that I prevailed with any of them to reason calmly on the subject, however at length got convinced that it was reasonable and according to scripture and finally with his assistance I succeeded <​in​> bringing not only all the Whitmer family but also himself to acknowledge that they had been in error <​&​> that the above quotation was in accordance with the rest of the commandment.> Early in the month of August and his paid us a visit at our place in . Neither his nor had been as yet confirmed, and it was proposed that we should <​have sacrament together &​> confirm them; before & his should leave us. and that we
In order to prepare for these things I set out—to go to procure some wine for our the occasion. I had however gone but a short distance when I was met by a heavenly messenger, and had the following revelation. the first paragraph of which was written at this time, & the remainder in Sept[emb]er following Page 179— [p. [23]]
to time from our Heavenly Father, which engaged our attention for some time. Whilst thus (and otherwise at intervals) employed in the work appointed me by my great Creator I received a letter from the contents of which gave me both sorrow and uneasiness. Not having that letter now in my possession I cannot of course give it here in full but merely an extract, of the most prominent part, which I can yet; and expect long to remember. It was to the effect that, he had discovered an error, in one of the commandments,,, see book of Covenants Section 2nd paragraph 7th “and truly manifest by their works that they have received of the Spirit of Christ unto the remission of their Sins” the above quotation he said was erroneous, And added I command you in the name of God, To erase those words from that commandment, “that no priestcraft be amongst us”.
I immediately wrote to him in reply, in which I asked him, by what authority he took upon him to command me to alter or erase, to add or diminish to or from a revelation or commandment from the Almighty God.
I shortly after paid him a visit when I found that he had persuaded and most of the family that the above was an error— And it was with great difficulty, and much labour that I prevailed with any of them to reason calmly on the subject, however at length got convinced that it was reasonable and according to scripture and finally with his assistance I succeeded in bringing not only all the Whitmer family but also himself to acknowledge that they had been in error & that the above quotation was in accordance with the rest of the commandment.> Early in the month of August and his paid us a visit at our place in . Neither his nor had been as yet confirmed, and it was proposed that we should have sacrament together & confirm them; before & his should leave us.
In order to prepare for these things I set out—to go to procure some wine for the occasion. I had however gone but a short distance when I was met by a heavenly messenger, and had the following revelation. the first paragraph of which was written at this time, & the remainder in September following Page 179— [p. [23]]
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