Interview, 9 November 1835

we soon comm enced talking upon the subject of religion and af ter I had made some remarks concerning the bible  I commenced giving him a relation of the circum stances connected with the coming forth of the book  of Mormon, as follows— being wrought up in my  mind, respecting the subject of religion and looking  upon <at> the different systems taught the children of  men, I knew not who was right or who was wrong  and concidering it of the first importance that  I should be right, in matters that involved  eternal consequences; bring thus perplexed in mind  I retired to the silent grove and bowd down before  the Lord, under a realising sense that he had said  (if the bible be true) ask and you shall recieve  knock and it shall be opened seek and you shall  find and again, if any man lack wisdom let  him ask of God who giveth to all men liber ally and upbradeth not; information was what  I most desired at this time, and with a fixed  determination I to obtain it, I called upon the Lord  for the first time, in the place above stated or in  other words I made a fruitless attempt to pray, my  toung seemed to be swolen in my mouth, so that  I could not utter, I heard a noise behind me  like some person walking towards me, <I> strove again  to pray, but could not, the noise of walking seem ed to draw nearer, I sprung up on my feet, and [p. 23]
Interview, JS by Robert Matthews, Kirtland, OH, 9 Nov. 1835; handwriting of Warren Parrish; in JS, Journal, Sept. 1835–Apr. 1836, pp. 23–26; JS Collection, CHL.