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Appendix: Orson Pratt, A[n] Interesting Account of Several Remarkable Visions, 1840

Appendix: Orson Pratt, A[n] Interesting Account of Several Remarkable Visions, 1840

whole face of the land was one continual scene of murdering, robbing, and plundering. He continued the history until the four hundred and twentieth year of the Christian era, when, (by the commandment of God,) he hid up the records in the hill Cumorah, where they remained concealed, until by the ministry of an angel they were discovered to Mr Smith, who, by the gift and power of God, translated them into the English language, by the means of the Urim and Thummim, as stated in the foregoing.
After the book was translated, the Lord raised up witnesses to bear testimony to the nations of its truth, who, at the close of the volume, send forth their testimony, which reads as follows:—
TESTIMONY OF 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 have seen the engravings which are upon the plates; and they have been shown unto us by the power of God, and not of man. And we declare, with words of soberness, that an angel of God came down from heaven, and he brought and laid before our eyes, that we beheld and saw the plates, and the engravings thereon; and we know that it is by the grace of God the Father, and our Lord Jesus Christ, that we beheld and bear record that these things are true; and it is marvellous in our eyes, nevertheless, the voice of the Lord commanded us that we should bear record of it; wherefore, to be obedient unto the commandments of God, we bear testimony of these things. And we know that if we are faithful in Christ, we shall rid our garments of the blood of all men, and be found spotless before the judgment seat of Christ, and shall dwell with him eternally in the heavens. And the honour be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Ghost, which is one God. Amen.
OLIVER COWDERY

3 Oct. 1806–3 Mar. 1850. Clerk, teacher, justice of the peace, lawyer, newspaper editor. Born at Wells, Rutland Co., Vermont. Son of William Cowdery and Rebecca Fuller. Raised Congregationalist. Moved to western New York and clerked at a store, ca. 1825–1828...

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DAVID WHITMER

7 Jan. 1805–25 Jan. 1888. Farmer, livery keeper. Born near Harrisburg, Dauphin Co., Pennsylvania. Son of Peter Whitmer Sr. and Mary Musselman. Raised Presbyterian. Moved to Ontario Co., New York, shortly after birth. Attended German Reformed Church. Arranged...

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MARTIN HARRIS

18 May 1783–10 July 1875. Farmer. Born at Easton, Albany Co., New York. Son of Nathan Harris and Rhoda Lapham. Moved with parents to area of Swift’s landing (later in Palmyra), Ontario Co., New York, 1793. Married first his first cousin Lucy Harris, 27 Mar...

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.” [p. 22]
whole face of the land was one continual scene of murdering,  robbing, and plundering.21

See Book of Mormon, 1837 ed., 561–562, 605 [Mormon 8:1–14; Moroni 1:1–3].  


He continued the history until  the four hundred and twentieth year of the Christian era,  when, (by the commandment of God,) he hid up the records  in the hill Cumorah, where they remained concealed, until  by the ministry of an angel they were discovered to Mr  Smith, who, by the gift and power of God, translated them  into the English language, by the means of the Urim and  Thummim, as stated in the foregoing.
After the book was translated, the Lord raised up wit nesses to bear testimony to the nations of its truth, who,  at the close of the volume, send forth their testimony,  which reads as follows:—
TESTIMONY OF 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 sure ty, that the work is true. And we also testify that we have seen  the engravings which are upon the plates; and they have been shown  unto us by the power of God, and not of man. And we declare,  with words of soberness, that an angel of God came down from  heaven, and he brought and laid before our eyes, that we beheld and  saw the plates, and the engravings thereon; and we know that it is  by the grace of God the Father, and our Lord Jesus Christ, that we  beheld and bear record that these things are true; and it is marvel lous in our eyes, nevertheless, the voice of the Lord commanded us  that we should bear record of it; wherefore, to be obedient unto  the commandments of God, we bear testimony of these things. And  we know that if we are faithful in Christ, we shall rid our gar ments of the blood of all men, and be found spotless before the judg ment seat of Christ, and shall dwell with him eternally in the hea vens. And the honour be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the  Holy Ghost, which is one God. Amen.
OLIVER COWDERY

3 Oct. 1806–3 Mar. 1850. Clerk, teacher, justice of the peace, lawyer, newspaper editor. Born at Wells, Rutland Co., Vermont. Son of William Cowdery and Rebecca Fuller. Raised Congregationalist. Moved to western New York and clerked at a store, ca. 1825–1828...

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,
DAVID WHITMER

7 Jan. 1805–25 Jan. 1888. Farmer, livery keeper. Born near Harrisburg, Dauphin Co., Pennsylvania. Son of Peter Whitmer Sr. and Mary Musselman. Raised Presbyterian. Moved to Ontario Co., New York, shortly after birth. Attended German Reformed Church. Arranged...

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,
MARTIN HARRIS

18 May 1783–10 July 1875. Farmer. Born at Easton, Albany Co., New York. Son of Nathan Harris and Rhoda Lapham. Moved with parents to area of Swift’s landing (later in Palmyra), Ontario Co., New York, 1793. Married first his first cousin Lucy Harris, 27 Mar...

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Orson Pratt

19 Sept. 1811–3 Oct. 1881. Farmer, writer, teacher, merchant, surveyor, editor, publisher. Born at Hartford, Washington Co., New York. Son of Jared Pratt and Charity Dickinson. Moved to New Lebanon, Columbia Co., New York, 1814; to Canaan, Columbia Co., fall...

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, A Interesting Account of Several Remarkable Visions, and of the Late Discovery of Ancient American Records; 1–31 pp.; Edinburgh, Scotland: Ballantyne and Hughes, 1840. The copy used for transcription is held at CHL.

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