Visions of Moses, June 1830 [Moses 1]

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A Revelation given to Joseph the Revelator June 1830
The words of God which he gave <​spake​> unto Moses at a time when Moses was caught up into an exceeding high Mountain & he saw God face to face & he talked with him & the glory of God was upon Moses therefore Moses could endure his presence & God spake unto Moses saying Behold I I am the Lord God Almighty & endless is my name for I am without beginning of days or end of years & is this not endless & behold thou art my Son Wherefore look & I will shew thee the workmanship of mine hands but not all for my works are without end & also my wo[r]ds for they never cease wherefore no man can behold all my works except he behold <​all​> my glory & no man can behold all my glory & afterwords remain in the flesh & I have a work for thee Moses my Son & thou art in similitude to my <​mine​> only begotten & mine only begotten is & shall be for he is full of grace & truth but there is none other God beside me & all things are present with me for I know them all And now behold this one thing I shew unto thee Moses my son for thou art in the world & now I shew it thee And it came to pass that Moses looked & beheld the world upon which he was created & Moses beheld the world & the ends thereof & all the Children of men which was & which was created of the same he greatly marvelled & wondered & the presence of God withdrew from Moses that his glory was not upon Moses & Moses was left unto himself & as he was left unto himself he fell unto the Earth, And it came to pass, that it was for the space of many hours before Moses did again receive his natural strength [lik]e unto man, & he saith unto himself no Now for this once I know that [m]an is nothing, which thing I never had supposed, but now mine eyes, mine own eyes but not mine eyes for mine eyes could not have beheld for I should have withered & died in his presence but his glory was upon me & I beheld his face for I was transfigered before him And now it came to pass that when Moses had said these words, behold, Satan came tempting him saying, Moses, Son of man, worship me, And it came to pass that Moses looked upon Satan & saith, Who art thou for behold, I am a Son of God in the similitude of his only begotten, & where is thy glory that I should worship thee, for, behold, I could not look upon God except his glory should come upon me, & I were transfigered before him but I can look upon thee in the natural man, if not so surely blessed be the name of my God for his Spirit hath not altogether withdrawn from me or else where is thy glory for it is blackness unto me & I can Judge between thee & God for God said unto me Worship God for him only shalt thou serve Get thee hence Satan deceive me not for God said unto me Thou art after the similitude of mine only begotten & he also gave unto me commandment when he called unto me out of the burning bush Saying [c]all upon God in the name of mine only begotten & worship me And again Moses saith I will not cease to call upon God I have other things to inquire of him for his glory has been upon me & it is glory unto me wherefore I can judge betwixt him & thee[.] depart hence Satan And now when Mose[s] had said these words Satan cried with a loud [voice &] wrent upon the Ea[r]t[h] [p. [1]] & comma[n]ded saying I am the only begotten worship me And it came to pass that Moses began to fear exceedingly & as he began to fear he saw the bitterness of Hell Nevertheless calling upon God he received strength & he commanded saying Depart hence Satan for this one God only will I worship which is the God of glory & now Satan began to tremble & the Earth shook & Moses receiving strength called upon God saying In the name of Jesus Christ depart hence Satan And it came to pass that satan cried with a loud voice with weeping & wailing & gnashing of teeth & departed hence yea from the presence of Moses that he beheld him not And now of this thing <​thing​> Moses bore record but because of wickedness it is not had among the children of men And it came to pass that when Satan had departed from the presence of Moses he lifted up his eyes unto Heaven being filled with the Holy Ghost which beareth record of the Father & the Son & calling upon the name of God he beheld again his glory for it was upon him & he heard a voice saying Blessed art thou Moses for I the Almighty have chosen thee & thou shalt be made stronger than the many waters for they shall obey thy command even as if thou wert God & lo I am with you even to the end of thy days for thou shalt deliver my people from bondage even Israel my chose[n] And it came to pass as the voice was still speaking he cast his eyes & h[e] beheld the Earth yea even all all the face of it & there was not a particl[e] of it which he did not behold diserning it by the Spirit of God & he beheld also the inhabitants thereof & there was not a soul which he be[held] not & he discerned them by the Spirit of God & their numbers were grea[t] even as numberless as the sand upon the sea shore & he beheld many lands & each land was called Earth & there were inhabitants upon the face thereof And it came to pass that Moses called upon God saying tell me I pray thee why these things are so & by what thou madest them & behold the glory of God was upon Moses that Moses stood in the presence of God & he talk[ed] with him face to face & the Lord God said unto Moses For mine own purpose have I made these things here is wisdom & it remaineth in me & by the word of my power have I created them which is mine only begotten Son full of grace & truth & worlds without number have I created & I also created them for mine own purpose & by the same I created them which is mine only begotten & the first man of all men have I called Adam which is many but only an account of this Earth & the inhabitants thereof give I unto you for behold there are many worlds which have passed away by the word of my power & there are many also which now stand & numberless are they unto man bu[t] all things are numbered unto me for they are mine & I know them And it came to pass that Moses spake unto the Lord saying Be merciful [u]nto thy Servant O God & tell me concerning this Earth & the inhabitan[ts] [the]reof & also the H[eavens] & then thy Servant will be content [p. [2]] And the Lord God spake unto Moses saying The Heavens there are many & they cannot be numbered unto man but they are numbered unto me for they are mine & as one Earth shall pass away & the Heavens thereof even so shall another come And there is no end to my works neither my words for behold this is my work to my glory to the immortality & the eternal life of man And now Moses my Son I will speak unto you concerning this Earth upon which thou standest & thou shalt write the things which I shall speak & in a day when the children of men shall esteem my words as nought & take many of them from the Book which thou shalt write behold I will raise up another like unto theee thee & they shall be had again among the Children of men among even as many as shall believe These words was spoken unto Moses in the mount the name of which shall not be known among the Children of men And now they are also spoken unto you shew them not unto any except them that believe <​Amen​> [p. [3]]

Footnotes

  1. 1

    See Exodus 33:11; and Deuteronomy 34:10.  

  2. 2

    See Hebrews 7:3.  

  3. 3

    TEXT: “wo[page torn]ds”.  

  4. 4

    The Book of Mormon describes the transfiguration of three of Jesus’s disciples in the Americas: “And whether they were in the body or out of the body, they could not tell: for it did seem unto them like a transfiguration of them, that they were changed from this body of flesh, into an immortal state, that they could behold the things of God.” (Book of Mormon, 1830 ed., 510–511 [3 Nephi 28:15].)  

  5. 5

    Words supplied based on John Whitmer’s circa January 1831 copy of this text. It is unclear whether “wrent” was intended to be “went,” or an alternate spelling of “rent” (the past tense of “rend”), or a mistaken rendering of the past tense of “rant.” Confusion over JS’s intended meaning affected how the text was worded in subsequent published versions of the revelation. (Old Testament Revision, John Whitmer first copy, 1; see also Jackson, Book of Moses, 50, 62n58.)  

    Old Testament Revision Manuscript, John Whitmer first copy, ca. 1830. CCLA.

    Jackson, Kent P. The Book of Moses and the Joseph Smith Translation Manuscripts. Provo, UT: Religious Studies Center, Brigham Young University, 2005.

  6. 6

    TEXT: Different ink begins.  

  7. 7

    The Book of Mormon contains a similar prophecy by the biblical Joseph, son of Jacob, who predicted that in the latter days “a seer shall the Lord my God raise up. . . . And he shall be great like unto Moses . . . to deliver my people, O house of Israel.” (Book of Mormon, 1830 ed., 66–67 [2 Nephi 3:6, 9].)