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not quite so thick as common tin. They were filled with engravings in Egyptian characters, and bound together in a volume, as the leaves of a book, with three rings running through the whole. The volume was something near six inches in thickness, a part of which was sealed. The characters on the unsealed part were small and beautifully engraved. The whole book exhibited many marks of antiquity in its construction, and much skill in the art of engraving. With the records was found a curious instrument which the ancients called “Urim and Thummim,” which consisted of two transparent stones set in the rim on9

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a bow fastened to a breastplate.
Through the medium of the Urim and Thummim I translated the record, by the gift and power of God.
In this important and interesting book the history of ancient America is unfolded, from its first settlement by a colony that came from the tower of Babel, at the confusion of languages, to the beginning of the fifth century of the Christian era.
We are informed by these records, that America, in ancient times, has been inhabited by two distinct races of people. The first were called Jaredites, and came directly from the tower of Babel. The second race came directly from the city of Jerusalem, about six hundred years before Christ. They were principally Israelites, of the descendants of Joseph. The Jaredites were destroyed, about the time that the Israelites came from Jerusalem, who succeeded them in the inheritance of the country. The principal nation of the second race fell in battle towards the close of the fourth century. The remnant are the Indians who now inhabit this country

North American constitutional republic. Constitution ratified, 17 Sept. 1787. Population in 1805 about 6,000,000; in 1830 about 13,000,000; and in 1844 about 20,000,000. Louisiana Purchase, 1803, doubled size of U.S. Consisted of seventeen states at time ...

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. This book also tells us that our Saviour made his appearance upon this continent after his resurrection; that he planted the gospel here in all its fulness, and richness, and power, and blessing; that they had apostles, prophets, pastors, teachers, and evangelists; the same order, the same priesthood, the same ordinances, gifts, powers, and blessing, as was enjoyed on the eastern continent; that the people were cut off in consequence of their transgressions; that the last of their prophets who existed among them was commanded to write an abridgment of their prophecies, history, &c., and to hide it up in the earth, and that it should come forth and be united with the Bible, for the accomplishment of the purposes of God, in the last days. For a more particular account, I would refer to the Book of Mormon, which can be purchased at Nauvoo

Principal gathering place for Saints following expulsion from Missouri. Beginning in 1839, LDS church purchased lands in earlier settlement of Commerce and planned settlement of Commerce City, as well as surrounding areas. Served as church headquarters, 1839...

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, or from any of our travelling elders.
As soon as the news of this discovery was made known, false reports, misrepresentation and slander flew, as on the wings of the wind, in every direction; my house was frequently beset by mobs, [p. 406]
not quite so thick as common tin. They were filled with engravings  in Egyptian characters, and bound together in a volume, as the leaves  of a book, with three rings running through the whole. The volume  was something near six inches in thickness, a part of which was  sealed. The characters on the unsealed part were small and beauti fully engraved. The whole book exhibited many marks of antiquity  in its construction, and much skill in the art of engraving. With the  records was found a curious instrument which the ancients called  “Urim and Thummim,” which consisted of two transparent stones  set in the rim on9

Church History” has “of.”  


a bow fastened to a breastplate.
Through the medium of the Urim and Thummim I translated the  record, by the gift and power of God.
In this important and interesting book the history of ancient Ame rica is unfolded, from its first settlement by a colony that came from  the tower of Babel, at the confusion of languages, to the beginning of  the fifth century of the Christian era.
We are informed by these records, that America, in ancient times,  has been inhabited by two distinct races of people. The first were  called Jaredites, and came directly from the tower of Babel. The  second race came directly from the city of Jerusalem, about six  hundred years before Christ. They were principally Israelites, of the  descendants of Joseph. The Jaredites were destroyed, about the  time that the Israelites came from Jerusalem, who succeeded them  in the inheritance of the country. The principal nation of the second  race fell in battle towards the close of the fourth century. The  remnant are the Indians who now inhabit this country

North American constitutional republic. Constitution ratified, 17 Sept. 1787. Population in 1805 about 6,000,000; in 1830 about 13,000,000; and in 1844 about 20,000,000. Louisiana Purchase, 1803, doubled size of U.S. Consisted of seventeen states at time ...

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. This book  also tells us that our Saviour made his appearance upon this continent  after his resurrection; that he planted the gospel here in all its fulness,  and richness, and power, and blessing; that they had apostles,  prophets, pastors, teachers, and evangelists; the same order, the same  priesthood, the same ordinances, gifts, powers, and blessing, as was  enjoyed on the eastern continent; that the people were cut off in con sequence of their transgressions; that the last of their prophets who  existed among them was commanded to write an abridgment of their  prophecies, history, &c., and to hide it up in the earth, and that it  should come forth and be united with the Bible, for the accomplish ment of the purposes of God, in the last days. For a more particular  account, I would refer to the Book of Mormon, which can be pur chased at Nauvoo

Principal gathering place for Saints following expulsion from Missouri. Beginning in 1839, LDS church purchased lands in earlier settlement of Commerce and planned settlement of Commerce City, as well as surrounding areas. Served as church headquarters, 1839...

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, or from any of our travelling elders.
As soon as the news of this discovery was made known, false re ports, misrepresentation and slander flew, as on the wings of the  wind, in every direction; my house was frequently beset by mobs, [p. 406]
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JS, “Latter Day Saints,” pp. 404–410 in Israel Daniel Rupp

10 July 1803–31 May 1878. Bookseller, editor, historian, insurance agent, teacher, translator. Born in East Pennsboro (later in Hampden), Cumberland Co., Pennsylvania. Son of George Rupp and Christina Boeshor. Member of Reformed faith. Moved to Allen, Cumberland...

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(ed.), He Pasa Ekklesia [The whole church]. An Original History of the Religious Denominations at Present Existing in the United States. Containing Authentic Accounts of Their Rise, Progress, Statistics and Doctrines. Written Expressly for the Work by Eminent Theological Professors, Ministers, and Lay-Members, of the Respective Denominations. Projected, Compiled and Arranged by I. Daniel Rupp, of Lancaster, Pa. Author of “Der Maertyrer Geschichte,” Etc. Etc.; Philadelphia: James Y. Humphreys; Harrisburg, PA: Clyde and Williams; printed by C. Sherman; 1844; i–viii, 9–734 pp. The copy used for transcription is held at CHL; includes redactions and archival marking.
The history is the twenty-second of forty-three chapters in the volume. It comprises seven pages that measure 9⅛ x 5⅝ inches (23 x 14 cm) within a book measuring 9½ x 6½ x 2 inches (24 x 17 x 5 cm). The copy used for transcription has apparently been in continuous church custody since its purchase in 1905.1

This copy was purchased 21 June 1905 from a Salt Lake City bookstore for the Church Historian’s Office. The lower right corner of the inside front cover bears a sticker of the bookstore, “Shepard Book Company”, and the upper left corner bears a sticker of the “Historian’s Office Library”. Several “Historian’s Office” stamps are found throughout the book, including on the first page of the essay on the Latter-day Saints. A notation on the recto of the blank leaf preceding the title page indicates the day of purchase and a library number, “3493”, written in ink and later erased. “3493” corresponds to an entry made sometime after 1930 in an early Church Historian’s Office catalog book. (“Library Record,” book no. 3493.)  


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