pointed by the voice of the , and a , unto the church, to leave <[illegible]> his merchandize and to spend all his
time in the labors of the church; to see to all things as it shall be appointed unto him, in my laws, in the day that I shall give them. And this because his heart is pure before me, for he is like unto Nathianiel of old, in whom there is no guile. These words are given unto you, and they are pure before me; wherefore beware how you hold them, for they are to be answered upon your souls in the day of Judgment; even so: Amen.
Biography of Edward Partridge
As now appears by revelation as one of the heads of the church, I will give a sketch of his history. He was born in Pittsfield, Berkshire county, Massachusetts, on the 27th of August, 1793, of William and Jemima Partridge. His fathers ancestors emigrated from Berwick, in Scotland during the seventeenth century, and settled at Hadley Mass., on Connec ticut river. Nothing worthy of note transpired in his youth, with this
excepting, <one>, that he remembers (though the precise time he cannot recollect,) that the Spirit of the Lord strove with him a number of times, insomuch that his heart was made tender, and he went and wept; and that sometimes he went silently and poured the effusions of his soul to God, in prayer.
At the age of sixteen he went to learn the hatting trade, and continued as an apprentice for about four years. At the age of twenty he had become disgusted with the religious world. He saw no beauty, comeliness, or loveliness in the charac ter of the god that was preached up by the sects. He, however, heard a universal Restorationer preach upon the love of God; this sermon gave him exalted opinions of God, and he concluded, that Universal Restorations was right according
to the bible. He continued in this belief till 1828, when he and his wife were baptised into the Campbellite church by elder , in Mentor, though they resided in , (Ohio,) He continued a member of this church, though doubting at times its being the <true> one, till <Elder> , , and came along with the book of Mormon, when he began to in vestigate the subject of
religion anew; went with to , N.Y. where on the 11th of December I him in the Seneca river. Other incidents of his life will be noticed in their time and place. [p. 94]