Lucy Mack Smith, History, 1845

  • Source Note
  • Historical Introduction
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more than God, although men set at nought the counsels of God and despise his words, yet you should have been faithful and he would have extended his arm, and supported you against all the fiery darts of the adversary; and he would have been with you in every time of trouble.
“Behold thou art Joseph, and thou wast chosen to do the work of the Lord, but because of transgression, if thou art not aware thou wilt fall, but remember God is merciful: therefore, repent of that which thou hast done, which is contrary to the commandment which I gave you, and thou art still chosen, and art again called to the work; except thou do this, thou shalt be delivered up and become as other men, and have no <​more​> gift.
“And when thou deliveredst up that which God had given thee sight and power to translate, thou deliveredst <​up​> that which was sacred into the hands of a wicked man, who has set at nought the counsels of God, <​and has broken the most sacred promises which were made before God​> and has depended upon his own judgment, and boasted in his own wisdom, and this is the reason that thou hast lost thy privileges for a season, for thou hast suffered the counsel of thy director to be trampled upon from the beginning.
“Nevertheless my work shall go forth, for, inasmuch as the knowledge of a Savior has come unto the world, through the testimony of the Jews, even so shall the knowledge of a Savior come unto my people.” For the sake of brevity I have omitted part of this Revelation; but the reader will find it on page 156, <​in Section 30 of the book of​> Doctrine and Covenants, 1st ed.
I will now return to Joseph’s recital: “After the angel left me’, said he, “I continued my supp [p. 137]
more than God, although men set at nought the counsels of God and despise his words, yet you should have been faithful and he would have extended his arm, and supported you against all the fiery darts of the adversary; and he would have been with you in every time of trouble.
“Behold thou art Joseph, and thou wast chosen to do the work of the Lord, but because of transgression, if thou art not aware thou wilt fall, but remember God is merciful: therefore, repent of that which thou hast done, which is contrary to the commandment which I gave you, and thou art still chosen, and art again called to the work; except thou do this, thou shalt be delivered up and become as other men, and have no more gift.
“And when thou deliveredst up that which God had given thee sight and power to translate, thou deliveredst up that which was sacred into the hands of a wicked man, who has set at nought the counsels of God, and has broken the most sacred promises which were made before God and has depended upon his own judgment, and boasted in his own wisdom, and this is the reason that thou hast lost thy privileges for a season, for thou hast suffered the counsel of thy director to be trampled upon from the beginning.
“Nevertheless my work shall go forth, for, inasmuch as the knowledge of a Savior has come unto the world, through the testimony of the Jews, even so shall the knowledge of a Savior come unto my people.” For the sake of brevity I have omitted part of this Revelation; but the reader will find , in Section 30 of the book of Doctrine and Covenants,
I will now return to Joseph’s recital: “After the angel left me’, said he, “I continued my supp [p. 137]
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