in the most solemn manner that he would not do
otherwise than had been directed. He did so. He bound himself as I required of him, took
the writings and went his way.
Notwithstanding however the great restrictions which he had been laid under,
and the solemn ity of the covenant which he had made with me, he did shew them to others
and by strat agem they got them away from him, and they never have been recovered nor
obtained back again untill this day.  In the mean
time while was gone with the writings, I went to visit ’s family
at . I
continued there for a short season and then returned to my place in .
Immediately after my return home I was walking out a little distance, when Behold
the former heavenly messenger appeared and handed to me the
again (for it had been taken from me in consequence of my having wearied the Lord in
ask ing for the privilege of letting take the writings which he lost by
tran sgression) and I enquired of the Lord through them and obtained the folowing
Revelation to Joseph Smyth jr, given July
1828 concerning certain manuscripts on the first part of the book of Mormon which
had been taken from the possession of .
The works, and the designs, and the
purposes of God, cannot be frustrated neither can they come to nought, for God doth
not walk in crooked <paths>: neither doth he turn to the
right hand nor to the left; neither doth he vary from that which he hath said:
therefore his paths are strait and his course is one eternal round.
Remember remember that it is not the work of God that is frustrated, but
the work of men: for although a man may have many revelations, and have power to do
many mighty works, yet, if he boasts in his own strength, and sets at nought the
counsels of God, and follows after the dictates of his own will, and carnal desires,
he must fall and incur the vengeance of a just God upon him.
Behold, you have been entrusted with these things, but how strict
were your ; and remember, also, the promises which were made to you, if you
did not transgress them; and behold how oft you have transgressed the commandments and
<the> laws of God, and have gone on in the persuasions of men: for
behold you should not have feared man more than God, although men set at nought the
councils of God, and despise his words, yet you should have been faithful and he would
have extended his arm, and supported you against all the fiery darts of the adversary;
and he would have been with you in every time of trouble.
Behold thou art Joseph, and thou wast chosen to do the work of the Lord,
but because of transgression, if thou art not aware thou wilt fall, but remember God
is merciful: therefore
repent of that which thou hast done, which is contrary to the commandment which I gave
you, and thou art still chosen and art again called to the work: except thou do this,
thou shalt be delivered up and become as other men, and have no more gift.
And when thou deliveredst up that which God <gave> thee sight and power to , thou deliveredst up that which was sacred,
into the hands of a wicked man, who has set at nought the counsels of God, and has
broken the most sacred promises, which were made before God, and depended upon his own
judgment, [p. 10]