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History, 1838–1856, volume A-1 [23 December 1805–30 August 1834]

Circa April 1829, inserted pages

“N.B. This Revelation will read, after the interlined words in page 11 & line 17th
***Revelation given to Joseph Smith Jr May 1829 informing him of the alteration of the manuscript of the forepart of the Book of Mormon.
1 Now, behold I say unto you, that because you delivered up those writings which you had power given unto you to translate, by the means of the Urim and Thummin, into the hands of a wicked man, you have lost them; and you also lost your gift at the same time, and your mind became darkened; nevertheless, it is now restored unto you again, therefore see that you are faithful and continue on unto the finishing of the remainder of the work of translation

To produce a new text through a revelatory, rather than scholarly, process by the “gift and power of God.” In the Book of Mormon, the ancient prophet Mosiah translated records into his own language using “interpreters,” or “two stones which was fastened into...

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as you have begun: do not run faster, or labor more than you have strength and means provided to enable you to translate, but be diligent unto the end: pray always, that you may come off conqueror; yea, that you may conquer Satan, and that you may escape the hands of the servants of Satan, that do uphold his work. Behold they have sought to destroy you; yea, even the man in whom you have trusted, has sought to destroy you. And for this cause I said, that he is a wicked man, for he has sought to take away the things wherewith you have been intrusted and he has also sought to destroy your gift, and because you have delivered the writings into his hands, behold wicked men have taken them from you: therefore, you have delivered them up: yea, that which was sacred unto wickedness. And behold Satan has put it into their hearts to alter the words which you have caused to be written, or which you have translated, which have gone out of your hands; and behold I say unto you, that because they have altered the words, they read contrary from that which you translated and caused to be written; and on this wise the devil has sought to lay a cunning plan, that he might destroy this work; for he has put it into their hearts to do this, that by lying they may say they have caught you in the words which you have pretended to translate.
2 Verily I say unto you, that I will not suffer that Satan shall accomplish his evil design in this thing, for behold he has put it into their hearts to get thee to tempt the Lord thy God, in asking to translate it over again, and then behold they say, and think in their hearts, we will see if God has given him power to translate, if so he will also give him power again; and if God giveth him power again [p. [1]]

Circa April 1829, inserted pages

<“N.B. This Revelation will read, after the interlined words in page 11 & line 17th—>
***Revelation given to Joseph Smith Jr May 1829 informing  him of the alteration of the manuscript of the forepart of the Book of  Mormon.
1 Now, behold I say unto you, that because you  delivered up those writings which you had power given <unto> you to translate, by  the means of the Urim and Thummin, into the hands of a wicked man, you have  lost them; and you also lost your gift at the same time, and your mind  became darkened; nevertheless, it is now restored unto you again, therefore  see that you are faithful and continue on unto the finishing of the remainder  of the work of translation

To produce a new text through a revelatory, rather than scholarly, process by the “gift and power of God.” In the Book of Mormon, the ancient prophet Mosiah translated records into his own language using “interpreters,” or “two stones which was fastened into...

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as you have begun: do not run faster, or labor more  than you have strength and means provided to enable you to translate, but  be diligent unto the end: pray always, that you may come off conqueror;  yea, and that you may conquer Satan, and that you may escape the hands  of the servants of Satan, that do uphold his work. Behold they have  sought to destroy you; yea, even the man in whom you have trusted, has  sought to destroy you. And for this cause I said, that he is a wicked man,  for he has sought to take away the things wherewith you have been intrusted  and he has also sought to destroy your gift, and because you have deliv ered the writings into his hands, behold wicked men have taken them  from you: therefore, you have delivered them up: yea, that which was  sacred unto wickedness. And behold Satan has put it into their hearts  to alter the words which you have caused to be written, or which you  have translated, which have gone out of your hands; and behold I say unto  you, that because they have altered the words, they read contrary to from  that which you translated and caused to be written; and on this wise  the devil has sought to lay a cunning plan, that he might destroy this  work; for he has put it into their hearts to do this, that by lying they  may say they have caught you in the words which you have pretended  to translate.
2 Verily I say unto you, that I will not suffer that Satan  shall accomplish his evil design in this thing, for behold he has put it  into their hearts to get thee to tempt the Lord thy God, in asking to  translate it over again, and then behold they say, and think in  their hearts, we will see if God has given him power to translate, if so  he will also give him power again; and if God give<th> him power again [p. [1]]
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; 553 pages, plus 16 pages of addenda; CHL. This is the first volume of a six-volume manuscript history of the church. This first volume covers the period from 23 December 1805 to 30 August 1834; the remaining five volumes, labeled B-1 through F-1, continue through 8 August 1844.

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