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John Whitmer, History, 1831–circa 1847

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me in much faith.
And again, a commandment I give unto the church, that it is expedient in me that they should assemble together at the , against the time that my Servant shall return unto them. Behold here is wisdom, and let every man choose for himself until I come; even so: Amen.
After thee above directions were received, Joseph and went to the several churches preaching and propheceing wherever they went, and greatly strengthened the churches that were built unto the Lord. Joseph prophecied saying: God is about to destroy this generation, and Christ will descend from heaven in power and great glory, with all the holy angels with him, to take vengeance upon the wicked, and they that know not God: preached the gospel and proved his words from the holy prophets: and so powerful were thier words, that the people who heard them speak were amazed, and trembled, and knew not whereunto this thing would grow. The adversary of all righteousness being crafty, and beguiled the people, and stirred them up to anger, against the words spoken, and has blinded their eyes and is leading them down to darkness, and misery and wo! This generation abounds, in ignorance, superstition, selfishness, idolitry, and priestcraft, for this generation is truly lied led by priests, even hireling priests whose god is the substance of this worlds goods which waxeth old and is begining to fade away: who look for their hire every one from his quarter.
Because of the abominations that are abroad in the world, it is hard for those who receive the fulnes of the gospel, to and came into the new and everlasting covenant, <​to​> get clear of the traditions of their forefathers: and are to be made to believe the commandments that came forth in these last days for the upbilding of the kingdom of God, and the salvation of those who believe.
The time had now come for the general conferance to be held. Which was the first of January 1831, <​and​> according to this appointment the saints assembled themselves together. After [p. 5]
me in much faith.
And again, a commandment I give unto the church, that it is expedient in me that they should assemble together at the , against the time that my Servant shall return unto them. Behold here is wisdom, and let every man choose for himself until I come; even so: Amen.
After the above directions were received, Joseph and went to the several churches preaching and propheceing wherever they went, and greatly strengthened the churches that were built unto the Lord. Joseph prophecied saying: God is about to destroy this generation, and Christ will descend from heaven in power and great glory, with all the holy angels with him, to take vengeance upon the wicked, and they that know not God: preached the gospel and proved his words from the holy prophets: and so powerful were thier words, that the people who heard them speak were amazed, and trembled, and knew not whereunto this thing would grow. The adversary of all righteousness being crafty, and beguiled the people, and stirred them up to anger, against the words spoken, and has blinded their eyes and is leading them down to darkness, misery and wo! This generation abounds, in ignorance, superstition, selfishness, idolitry, and priestcraft, for this generation is truly led by priests, even hireling priests whose god is the substance of this worlds goods which waxeth old and is begining to fade away: who look for their hire every one from his quarter.
Because of the abominations that are abroad in the world, it is hard for those who receive the fulnes of the gospel, and came into the new and everlasting covenant, to get clear of the traditions of their forefathers: and are to be made to believe the commandments that came forth in these last days for the upbilding of the kingdom of God, and the salvation of those who believe.
The time had now come for the general conferance to be held. Which was the first of January 1831, and according to this appointment the saints assembled themselves together. After [p. 5]
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