Lucy Mack Smith, History, 1845

  • Source Note
  • Historical Introduction
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my attention was a red morocco trunk, that set on ’s bureau; which trunk Joseph shortly informed me, contained the Urim and Thummim and the plates. In the evening he gave us the following relation of what had transpired since our separation: “After leaving you’ said Joseph, “I returned immediately home; and soon after my travel which, I commenced humbling myself in mighty prayer before the Lord; and, as I was pouring out my soul to God, that, if possible I might obtain mercy at his hands, and be forgiven of all that I had done contrary to his will, an angel stood before me and answered me, saying, that I had sinned in delivering the manuscript into the hands of a wicked man; and, and as I had ventured to become responsible for his faithfulness, I would of necessity have to suffer the consequences of his indiscretion; and must now give up the Urim and Thummim into his (the angels) hands. This I did as I was directed. As I handed them to him, he said, ‘If you are very humble and penitent, it may be you will receive them again; if so, it will be on the 22d. of next September.’”
Joseph then related a revelation which he received, soon after the angel visited him; part of which is as follows.
“Behold, you have been entrusted with these things; but how strict were your commandments; and remember, 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 [p. 136]
my attention was a red morocco trunk, that set on ’s bureau; which trunk Joseph shortly informed me, contained the Urim and Thummim and the plates. In the evening he gave us the following relation of what had transpired since our separation: “After leaving you’ said Joseph, “I returned immediately home; soon after which, I commenced humbling myself in mighty prayer before the Lord; and, as I was pouring out my soul to God, that, if possible I might obtain mercy at his hands, and be forgiven of all that I had done contrary to his will, an angel stood before me and answered me, saying, that I had sinned in delivering the manuscript into the hands of a wicked man; and, as I had ventured to become responsible for his faithfulness, I would of necessity have to suffer the consequences of his indiscretion; and must now give up the Urim and Thummim into his (the angels) hands. This I did as I was directed. As I handed them to him, he said, ‘If you are very humble and penitent, it may be you will receive them again; if so, it will be on the 22d. of next September.’”
Joseph then related a revelation which he received, soon after the angel visited him; part of which is as follows.
“Behold, you have been entrusted with these things; but how strict were your commandments; and remember, 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 [p. 136]
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