Lucy Mack Smith, History, 1845

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regard to the strange circumstance which had taken place. He showed them his thumb; saying, “I must stop talking, , and get you to put my thumb in place; for it is very painful”
I will here mention, that , and went in pursuit of those villains who had attempted Joseph’s life, but was not able to find them.
When Joseph first got the plates, the angel of the Lord stood by, and said: “Now you have got the plates Record into your own hands, and you are but a man, therefore, you will have to be watchful, and faithful to your trust or you will be overpowered by wicked men; for they will lay every plan and scheme that is possible to get them away from you; and, if you do not take heed, continually, they will succeed.— While they were in my hands, I could keep them, and no man had power to take them away; but now I give them up to you: beware and look well to your ways, and you shall have power to retain them until the time for them to be translated.”
That, that Joseph termed a key mentioned on a foregoing page, was, indeed, nothing more or less than a Urim and Thummim; and it was by this that the angel showed him those things which he saw in vision: he could also ascertain at any time, the approach of danger, either to himself or the Record, On account of which he always kept it about his person. [p. 113]
regard to the strange circumstance which had taken place. He showed them his thumb; saying, “I must stop talking, , and get you to put my thumb in place; for it is very painful”
I will here mention, that , and went in pursuit of those villains who had attempted Joseph’s life, but was not able to find them.
When Joseph first got the plates, the angel of the Lord stood by, and said: “Now you have got the Record into your own hands, and you are but a man, therefore, you will have to be watchful, and faithful to your trust or you will be overpowered by wicked men; for they will lay every plan and scheme that is possible to get them away from you; and, if you do not take heed, continually, they will succeed.— While they were in my hands, I could keep them, and no man had power to take them away; but now I give them up to you: beware and look well to your ways, and you shall have power to retain them until the time for them to be translated.”
That, that Joseph termed a key mentioned on a foregoing page, was, indeed, nothing more or less than a Urim and Thummim; and it was by this that the angel showed him those things which he saw in vision: he could also ascertain at any time, the approach of danger, either to himself or the Record, On account of which he always kept it about his person. [p. 113]
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