Lucy Mack Smith, History, 1844–1845

  • Source Note
  • Historical Introduction
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out my soul bef in supplication to him that if possible I might obtain mercy at hands and be forgiven of all that I had done which was contrary to his will. As I was doing this an Angel stood before me and answered me saying that I had sinned in that he had delivered the manuscript into the hands of a wicked man and as he had ventured to become responsible for this man’s faithfulness he would of necessity suffer the consequence’s of his indiscretion that he must now give back the plates into the hands of the angel from he had received them but said he it may be if you are sufficiently humble and penitent that you will receive them again on the 22 of september— Soon after this the I received the <​a following​> revelation from the Lord— The works and <​the​> designs and <​the​> purposes of God cannot be frustrated, neither can they come to naught, for God doth not walk in crooked paths: neither doth he turn to the right hand nor to the left neither doth he turn vary from that which he hath said: therefore his course is one paths are straight and his course is one eternal round. Remmember, Remmember, that it is not the work of God that is frustrated but the work of men: for although a man may have many revelations and have power to do many mighty works yet if he boasts himself in his own strength and sets at naught the counsels of God and follows after the dictates of his own will and carnal desires he must fall and incur the vengeance of a just God upon him
Behold I you have <​been​> intrusted you with these things but how strict were your commandments and remmember also the promises which were made to you if you did not transgress them and behold how oft you have transgressed the commandments and the laws of God and have have gone on in the persuasions of men for behold you should not have feared man more than God although men set at naught the counsels of God and despise his words yet you should have been faithful and he would [p. [9], bk. 7]
out my soul in supplication to him that if possible I might obtain mercy at hands and be forgiven of all that I had done which was contrary to his will. As I was doing this an Angel stood before me and answered me saying that I had sinned in that he had delivered the manuscript into the hands of a wicked man and as he had ventured to become responsible for this man’s faithfulness he would of necessity suffer the consequence’s of his indiscretion that he must now give back the plates into the hands of the angel from he had received them but said he it may be if you are sufficiently humble and penitent that you will receive them again on the 22 of september— Soon after this I received a following revelation from the Lord— The works and the designs and the purposes of God cannot be frustrated, neither can they come to naught, for God doth not walk in crooked paths: neither doth he turn to the right hand nor to the left neither doth he vary from that which he hath said: therefore his paths are straight and his course is one eternal round. Remmember, Remmember, that it is not the work of God that is frustrated but the work of men: for although a man may have many revelations and have power to do many mighty works yet if he boasts in his own strength and sets at naught the counsels of God and follows after the dictates of his own will and carnal desires he must fall and incur the vengeance of a just God upon him
Behold you have been intrusted with these things but how strict were your commandments and remmember also the promises which were made to you if you did not transgress them and behold how oft you have transgressed the commandments and the laws of God and have gone on in the persuasions of men for behold you should not have feared man more than God although men set at naught the counsels of God and despise his words yet you should have been faithful and he would [p. [9], bk. 7]
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