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

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

mention here (as in duty bound) that he several times brought us supplies  (a distance of at least thirty miles) which enabled us to continue the work when  otherwise we must have relinquished it for a season. Being very anxious to know his duty as to this work, I enquired of the Lord  for him, and obtained as follows.
Revelation given to Joseph Knight Senr. at Harmony  Susquehanah County, Pennsylvania. May 1829.
1 A great and marvelous work is about to come forth among the chil dren of men: behold I am God, and give heed to my word, which is quick and  powerful, sharper than a two edged sword, to the dividing asunder of both joints  and marrow: therefore give heed unto my word.
2 Behold the field is white already to harvest, therefore whoso desireth to reap  let him thrust in his sickle with his might, and reap while the day lasts,  that he may treasure up for his soul everlasting salvation in the kingdom  of God: yea, whosoever will thrust in his sickle and reap, the same is called  of God: therefore knock if you will ask of me you shall receive; if you knock it  shall be opened unto you.
3 Now as you have asked, behold I say unto you, keep my commandments  and seek to bring forth and establish the cause of Zion.
4 Behold I speak unto you, and also to all those who have desires to bring  forth and establish this work, and no one can assist in this work, except  he shall be humble and full of love, having faith, hope and charity, being  temperate in all things, whatsoever shall be intrusted to his care.
5 Behold I am the light and the light <life> of the world, that speaketh  these words: therefore, give heed with your might, and then you are called.

June 1829

Shortly after commencing to translate, I became acquainted with Mr  Peter Whitmer [Sr.] of Fayette, Seneca County New York, and also with some of his  family. In the beginning of the month of June, his son, David Whitmer  came to the place where we were residing, and brought with him a two horse  waggon, for the purpose of having us accompany him to his father’s place  and there remain untill we should finish the work. He proposed that we  should have our board free of charge, and the assistance of one of his brothers to  write for me, as also his own assistance when convenient.
Having much need of such timely aid in an undertaking so arduous, and being  informed that the people of the neighborhood were anxiously the awaiting  the opportunity to enquire into these things; we accepted the invitation  and accompanied Mr Whitmer to his father’s house, and there resided [p. 21]
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.