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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]

you, according to my commandments.
3 And now behold I say unto you, that the thing which will be of the most worth to  unto you, will be to declare repentance unto this people, that you may bring souls  unto me, that you may rest with them in the kingdom of my Father. Amen.
Revelation given to Peter Whitmer Jr at Fayette, Seneca County, New York. June 1829.
1 Hearken my servant Peter, and listen to the words of Jesus Christ, your Lord and  your Redeemer, for behold I speak unto you with sharpness and with power, for mine  arm is over all the earth, and I will tell <thee> that which no man knoweth save thee <me>  and thee alone: for many times you have desired of me to know that which would  be of the most worth unto you 2 Behold, blessed are you for this thing, and  for speaking my words which I have given you according to my commandments:
3 And now behold I say unto you, that the thing which will be of the most worth  unto you, will be to declare repentance unto this people, that you may bring  souls unto me, that you may rest with them in the kingdom of my Father. Amen.
We found the people of Seneca County in general friendly and disposed to enquire  into the truth of these strange matters which now began to be noised abroad: Many  opened their houses to us in order that we might have an opportunity of meeting  with our friends for the purposes of instruction and explanation. We met with  many from time to time, who were willing to hear us, and wishful to find out the  truth as it is in Christ Jesus, and apparently willing to obey the Gospel when once  fairly convinced and satisfied in their own minds; and in this same month  of June, my brother Hyrum Smith, David Whitmer, and Peter Whitmer  Jr were baptized, <in Seneca lake> the two former by myself; the latter by Oliver Cowdery
From this time forth many became believers, and were baptized, whilst we con tinued to instruct and persuade as many as <applied> for information.
In th[e] course of the work of translation, we ascertained that three special witnesses  were to be provided by the Lord, to whom he would grant, that they should see the  plates from which this work (the Book of Mormon) should be translated, and that  these witnesses should bear record of the same; as will be found, recorded, Book  of Mormon First edition <second book of Nephi, chap. 11.> Page 110. and second edition Page [blank]. <third european edition section 17, page 102.>
Almost immediately after we had made this discovery, it occurred to  Oliver Cowdery, David Whitmer, and the aforementioned Martin Harris  (who had came to enquire after our progress in the work) that they would have me  enquire of the Lord, to know if they might not obtain of him to be these three  special witnesses; and finally they became so very solicitous, and teazed  me so much, that at length <I> complied, and through the Urim and  Thummin, I obtained of the Lord for them the folowing Revelation. [p. 23]
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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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