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

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

receive 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 beginning. Amen.
Revelation given to Oliver Cowdery, April 1829.
Behold I say unto you, my son, that because you did not translate according to that  which you desired of me, and did commence again to write for my servant Joseph 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.
Behold 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 servant Joseph sufficient strength, whereby it is made up? and  neither of you have I condemned. Do this thing which I have comm anded 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. Amen.

May 1829

We still continued the  <work of> translation, when in the ensuing month (May, Eighteen hundred and twenty nine)  we on a certain day went into the woods to pray and inquire of the Lord respecting  baptism for the remission of sins as we found mentioned in the translation of the  plates. While we were thus employed praying and calling upon the Lord, a Messenger  from heaven, descended in a cloud of light, and having laid his hands upon us, he  ordained us, saying unto us; “Upon you my fellow servants in the name of Messiah  I confer the priesthood of Aaron, which holds the keys of the ministring of angels and  of the gospel of repentance, and of baptism by immersion for the remission of sins,  and this shall never be taken again from the earth, untill the sons of Levi do offer again  an offering unto the Lord in righteousness.” He said this Aaronic priesthood had not [p. 17]
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JS, History, 1838–1856, vol. A-1, created 11 June 1839–24 Aug. 1843; handwriting of James Mulholland, Robert B. Thompson, William W. Phelps, and Willard Richards; 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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