Lucy Mack Smith, History, 1845

  • Source Note
  • Historical Introduction
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or, that it should be both good and evil spoken of among all people. He said there was a book deposited, written upon gold plates, giving an account of the former inhabitants of this continent, and the source from whence they sprang. He also said, that the fullness of the everlasting gospel, was contained in it, as delivered to the Saviour to the ancient inhabitants. Also, that there were two stones in Silver bows, and these stones fastened to a breastplate, constituted what is called the Urim and Thummim, deposited with the plates, and the possession and use of these stones was what constituted Seers, in ancient or former times, and that God had prepared them for the pupose of translating the Book. After telling me these things, he commenced quoting the prophecies of the Old Testament, he first quoted part of the 3d chapter of Malichi; and he quoted also, the fourth of the last chapter of the same prophecy, though with a little variation from the way it reads in our Bible. Instead of quoting the first verse as it reads in our books, he quoted it thus: ‘For behold the day cometh that shall burn as an oven, and all the proud, yea and all that do wickedly shall burn as stubble, for they that cometh shall burn them, saith the Lord of hosts, that it shall leave them neither root nor branch.’ And again, he quoted the 5th verse thus: ‘Behold I will reveal unto you the Priesthood by the hand of Elijah, the prophet, before the coming of the great and dreadful day of the Lord.’ He also quoted the next verse differently. And he shall plant in the hearts of the children the promises made to the fathers, and the hearts of the children shall turn to their fathers, if it were not so, the whole earth would be utterly [p. 80]
or, that it should be both good and evil spoken of among all people. He said there was a book deposited, written upon gold plates, giving an account of the former inhabitants of this continent, and the source from whence they sprang. He also said, that the fullness of the everlasting gospel, was contained in it, as delivered to the Saviour to the ancient inhabitants. Also, that there were two stones in Silver bows, and these stones fastened to a breastplate, constituted what is called the Urim and Thummim, deposited with the plates, and the possession and use of these stones was what constituted Seers, in ancient or former times, and that God had prepared them for the pupose of translating the Book. After telling me these things, he commenced quoting the prophecies of the Old Testament, he first quoted part of the 3d chapter of Malichi; and he quoted also, the fourth of the last chapter of the same prophecy, though with a little variation from the way it reads in our Bible. Instead of quoting the first verse as it reads in our books, he quoted it thus: ‘For behold the day cometh that shall burn as an oven, and all the proud, yea and all that do wickedly shall burn as stubble, for they that cometh shall burn them, saith the Lord of hosts, that it shall leave them neither root nor branch.’ And again, he quoted the 5th verse thus: ‘Behold I will reveal unto you the Priesthood by the hand of Elijah, the prophet, before the coming of the great and dreadful day of the Lord.’ He also quoted the next verse differently. And he shall plant in the hearts of the children the promises made to the fathers, and the hearts of the children shall turn to their fathers, if it were not so, the whole earth would be utterly [p. 80]
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