knowledge from all those ancient records which have been hid up, that are
sacred, and according to your faith shall it be done unto you. Behold it
is I that have spoken it: and I am the same who spake unto you from the
Revelation given to
, April 1829.
Behold I say unto you, my son, that because
you did not according to that which you desired of me,
and did commence again to write for my servant
Smith jr even so I would that I you
should continue untill you have finished this record, which I have
intrusted unto him: and then behold, other records have I, that I will
give unto you pow er that you may assist to translate. Be patient my son,
for it is wisdom in me, and it is not expedient that you should translate
at this present time. Behold, the work which you are called to do, is to
write for my servant
Joseph; and behold it is because that you did
not continue as you commenced, when you began to translate, that I have taken
away this privilege from you. Do not murmur my son, for it is wisdom in me
that I have dealt with you after this manner.
you have not understood, you have supposed that I would give it unto you,
when you took no thought, save it was to ask me; but behold I say unto
you, that you must study it in your mind; then you must ask me if it be
right, and if it is right, I will cause that your bosom shall burn within
you: therefore, you shall feel that it is right; but if it be not right,
you shall have no such feelings, but you shall have a stupor of thought,
that shall cause you to forget the thing which is wrong: therefore you
cannot write that which is sacred, save it be given you from me.
Now if you had known this, you could have translated;
nevertheless, it is not expedient that you should translate now. Behold it
was expedient when you commenced but you feared, and the time is past, and
it is not expedient now: for do you not behold that I have given unto my
Joseph sufficient strength, whereby it is made up?
and neither of you have I condemned. Do this thing which I have
you, and you shall prosper. Be faithful
and yield to no temptation. Stand fast in the work wherein wherewith I have called you, and a hair of your
head shall not be lost, and you shall be lifted up at the last day.