Lucy Mack Smith, History, 1845

  • Source Note
  • Historical Introduction
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On coming in Joseph threw himself down bedside me, and exclaimed; “, ; you do not know happy I am; the Lord has now caused the plates to be shown to three more besides myself.— they have seen an angel, who has testified to them; and they will have to bear witness to the truth of what I have said; for now they know for themselves, that I do not go about to deceive the people. And I feel as if I was relieved of a burden, which was almost to heavy for me to bear; and it rejoices my heart, that I am not any longer to be entirely alone in the world.” Upon this came in: he seemed almost overcome with joy; and he testified boldly to what he had both seen and heard; and so did and , they adding that no tongue could express the joy of their hearts, niether the greatness of the things which they had both seen and heard. Their written testimony, which is contained in the Book of Mormon, is as follows.
 
The Testimony of the three witnesses.
 
Be it known unto all nations, kindreds, tongues, and people, unto whom this work shall come, that we, through the grace of God the Father, and our Lord Jesus Christ, have seen the plates which contain this record, which is a record of the people of Nephi, and also of the Lamanites, their brethren, and also of the people of Jared, who came from the Tower of which hath been spoken; and we also know that they have been translated by the gift and power of God, for his voice hath declared it unto us; wherefore we know of a surety, that the work is true. And we also testify, that we [p. 154]
On coming in Joseph threw himself down bedside me, and exclaimed; “, ; you do not know happy I am; the Lord has now caused the plates to be shown to three more besides myself.— they have seen an angel, who has testified to them; and they will have to bear witness to the truth of what I have said; for now they know for themselves, that I do not go about to deceive the people. And I feel as if I was relieved of a burden, which was almost to heavy for me to bear; and it rejoices my heart, that I am not any longer to be entirely alone in the world.” Upon this came in: he seemed almost overcome with joy; and he testified boldly to what he had both seen and heard; and so did and , they adding that no tongue could express the joy of their hearts, niether the greatness of the things which they had both seen and heard. Their written testimony, which is contained in the Book of Mormon, is as follows.
 
The Testimony of the three witnesses.
 
Be it known unto all nations, kindreds, tongues, and people, unto whom this work shall come, that we, through the grace of God the Father, and our Lord Jesus Christ, have seen the plates which contain this record, which is a record of the people of Nephi, and also of the Lamanites, their brethren, and also of the people of Jared, who came from the Tower of which hath been spoken; and we also know that they have been translated by the gift and power of God, for his voice hath declared it unto us; wherefore we know of a surety, that the work is true. And we also testify, that we [p. 154]
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