Appendix 2, Document 3. Stick of Joseph, 1844

  • Source Note
  • Historical Introduction

Document Transcript

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of the characters taken from the plates the
Was translated from—the same that was taken to of , by
, in the year 1827 in fulfilment of Isaiah 29.11, 12.
“The vision of all is become unto you as the words of a book that is sealed, which men deliver to one that is learned, saying, Read this, I pray thee: and he saith; I cannot for it is sealed: And the Book is delivered to him that is not learned, saying, Read this, I pray thee: and he saith, I am not learned.”
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“Truth shall spring out of the earth.”—Psalms 85—11.
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“I have written to Ephraim the great things of my law.”—Hosea 8—12.
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“Thus saith the Lord God, Behold I will take the Stick of Joseph, which is in the hand of Ephraim, and the tribes of Israel his fellows, and will put them with him, even with the stick of Judah, and make them one stick, and they shall be one in mine hand.—Ezekiel 37;19.
“Our fathers once had ‘Sacred Book’ like the white man have, but it was hid in the ground, since then Indian no more prevail against his enemies.”—An aged Indian of the Stockbridge tribe. [p. [1]]


  1. 1

    See Ezekiel 37:16, 19; and Book of Mormon, 1830 ed., 96, 248 [2 Nephi 19:21; Alma 10:3].  

  2. 2

    For accounts of Harris’s visit to Anthon, see JS History, ca. Summer 1832, 5; JS History, vol. A-1, 9; and Tucker, Origin, Rise, and Progress of Mormonism, 42; see also Kimball, “Anthon Transcript,” 325–352.  

    Tucker, Pomeroy. Origin, Rise, and Progress of Mormonism: Biography of Its Founders and History of Its Church. New York: D. Appleton, 1867.

    Kimball, Stanley B. “The Anthon Transcript: People, Primary Sources, and Problems.” BYU Studies 10, no. 3 (Spring 1970): 325–352.

  3. 3

    It is unknown what document the characters were copied from, though they are nearly identical to the first three lines of John Whitmer’s copy. The editors of the Prophet did not have access to Whitmer’s copy, since he had been excommunicated in 1838. (See Characters Copied by John Whitmer, ca. 1829–1831.)  

  4. 4

    See “From Priest’s American Antiquities,” Times and Seasons, 1 June 1842, 3:814, which quotes Priest, American Antiquities and Discoveries, 68–70, which in turn reproduced the text of Smith, View of the Hebrews, 223. Josiah Priest argued that there was a lost race in the ancient Americas, possibly of Israelite descent. (See Priest, American Antiquities and Discoveries, 59–84.)  

    Times and Seasons. Commerce/Nauvoo, IL. Nov. 1839–Feb. 1846.

    Priest, Josiah. American Antiquities and Discoveries in the West. . . . 5th ed. Albany: Hoffman and White, 1838.

    Smith, Ethan. View of the Hebrews; or, The Tribes of Israel in America. . . . 2nd ed. Poultney, VT: Smith and Shute, 1825.