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History, circa 1841, fair copy

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 are condemned Do this thing which I have commanded you and you shall prosper. Be faithful and yield to no temptation Stand fast in the work 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
We still continued the work of translation and in the ensuing month of (May 1829) on a certain day we went into the woods to pray and enquire of the Lord respecting babtism for the remission of sins spoken of in the translation of the Plates
While we were thus praying and calling upon the name of the Lord a messenger decended in a cloud of light from heaven and having laid his hands upon us ordained us saying “upon you my fellow servants in the name of the Messiah I confer the Priesthood of Aaron which holds the keys of the ministring of Angels and the Gospel of repentance and baptism by immersion for the remission of sins and this shall never be taken from the earth until the sons of Levi do [p. 34]
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 Smith Jr sufficient strength  whereby it is made up and neither of you are condem ned Do this thing which I have commanded you  and you shall prosper. Be faithful and  yield to no temptation Stand fast in  the work 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
We still continued the work of translation  and in the ensuing month of (May 1829)  on a certain day we went into the woods woods  to pray and enquire of the Lord respecting  babtism for the remission of sins spoken  of in the translation of the Plates
While we were thus praying and calling upon  the name of the Lord a messenger decended in  a cloud of light from heaven and having  laid his hands upon us ordained us saying  “upon you my fellow servants in the name of  the Messiah [I confer] the Priesthood of Aaron which  holds the keys of the ministring of Angels and the  Gospel of repentance and baptism by immersion  for the remission of sins and this shall never be taken  from the earth until the sons of Levi do [p. 34]
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JS, History, [ca. 1841], fair copy; handwriting of Howard Coray

6 May 1817–16 Jan. 1908. Bookkeeper, clerk, teacher, farmer. Born in Dansville, Steuben Co., New York. Son of Silas Coray and Mary Stephens. Moved to Providence, Luzerne Co., Pennsylvania, ca. 1827; to Williams, Northampton Co., Pennsylvania, by 1830; and...

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See also source note for JS History, circa 1841, draft.

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