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Revelation, March 1829 [D&C 5]

pages & then shalt thou stop for a season even untill I command thee again. then thou mayest translate

To produce a new text through a revelatory, rather than scholarly, process by the “gift and power of God.” In the Book of Mormon, the ancient prophet Mosiah translated records into his own language using “interpreters,” or “two stones which was fastened into...

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& excep thou do this Behold thou shalt have no more gift & I will take away the things which I have entrusted with thee & now because I foresee the lieing in wait to destroy thee yea I foresee that if my Servant humbleth not himself & receive a witness from my hand that he will fall into transgression & there are many that lie in wait to destroy thee off the face of the Earth & for this cause that thy Days may be prolounged I have given unto you these Commandments

Generally, a divine mandate that church members were expected to obey; more specifically, a text dictated by JS in the first-person voice of deity that served to communicate knowledge and instruction to JS and his followers. Occasionally, other inspired texts...

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Yea for this Cause have I said stop & stand still untill I Command thee & I will provide means whereby thou mayest Accomplish the thing I have Commanded thee & if thou art faithful in Keeping my Commandments ye shall be lifted up at the last Day [p. 3]
pages & then shalt thou stop for a season even untill  I command thee again. then thou mayest translate

To produce a new text through a revelatory, rather than scholarly, process by the “gift and power of God.” In the Book of Mormon, the ancient prophet Mosiah translated records into his own language using “interpreters,” or “two stones which was fastened into...

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& excep  thou do this Behold thou shalt have no more gift & I will  take away the things which I have entrusted with thee &  now because I foresee the lieing in wait to destroy  thee yea I foresee that if my Servant humbleth not  himself & receive a witness from my hand that he will  fall into transgression & there are many that lie in wait  to destroy thee off the face of the Earth & for this cause  that thy Days may be prolounged I have given unto you  these Commandments

Generally, a divine mandate that church members were expected to obey; more specifically, a text dictated by JS in the first-person voice of deity that served to communicate knowledge and instruction to JS and his followers. Occasionally, other inspired texts...

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Yea for this Cause have I said  stop & stand still untill I Command thee & I will pro vide means whereby thou mayest Accomplish the  thing I have Commanded thee & if thou art faithful  in Keeping my Commandments ye shall be lifted  up at the last Day [p. 3]
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In June 1828, after JS and Martin Harris

18 May 1783–10 July 1875. Farmer. Born at Easton, Albany Co., New York. Son of Nathan Harris and Rhoda Lapham. Moved with parents to area of Swift’s landing (later in Palmyra), Ontario Co., New York, 1793. Married first his first cousin Lucy Harris, 27 Mar...

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had completed 116 pages of the Book of Mormon translation, Harris convinced JS to allow him to take the manuscript to Palmyra

First permanent white settlers arrived, ca. 1789. Included village of Palmyra. Erie Canal opened, 1825, in southern portion of township. Population in 1810 about 2,200. Population in 1830 about 3,400. Home of Joseph Sr. and Lucy Mack Smith family, beginning...

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, New York, to show to relatives. The manuscript was subsequently lost. Harris had borrowed the transcribed pages at least in part to demonstrate to his skeptical wife that he was involved in something meaningful and tangible. This revelation, dated March 1829, was directed to JS and Harris, with the opening line suggesting that Harris sought verification that JS had possession of certain “things” related to the Book of Mormon translation. Though not initially specified, a later revision, appearing in the 1835 Doctrine and Covenants, substituted “plates” for “things.”
The revelation went beyond Harris

18 May 1783–10 July 1875. Farmer. Born at Easton, Albany Co., New York. Son of Nathan Harris and Rhoda Lapham. Moved with parents to area of Swift’s landing (later in Palmyra), Ontario Co., New York, 1793. Married first his first cousin Lucy Harris, 27 Mar...

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’s original intent in going to the Lord and promised that the Book of Mormon plates would be shown to three individuals, including Harris. The Book of Mormon was first published in 1830, and it included the testimony of Oliver Cowdery

3 Oct. 1806–3 Mar. 1850. Clerk, teacher, justice of the peace, lawyer, newspaper editor. Born at Wells, Rutland Co., Vermont. Son of William Cowdery and Rebecca Fuller. Raised Congregationalist. Moved to western New York and clerked at a store, ca. 1825–1828...

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, David Whitmer

7 Jan. 1805–25 Jan. 1888. Farmer, livery keeper. Born near Harrisburg, Dauphin Co., Pennsylvania. Son of Peter Whitmer Sr. and Mary Musselman. Raised Presbyterian. Moved to Ontario Co., New York, shortly after birth. Attended German Reformed Church. Arranged...

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, and Harris, confirming they had been shown the plates as promised.
Oliver Cowdery

3 Oct. 1806–3 Mar. 1850. Clerk, teacher, justice of the peace, lawyer, newspaper editor. Born at Wells, Rutland Co., Vermont. Son of William Cowdery and Rebecca Fuller. Raised Congregationalist. Moved to western New York and clerked at a store, ca. 1825–1828...

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may have penned this text soon after he arrived in Harmony

Located in northeastern Pennsylvania. Area settled, by 1787. Organized 1809. Population in 1830 about 340. Population in 1840 about 520. Contained Harmony village (no longer in existence). Josiah Stowell hired JS to help look for treasure in area, Oct. 1825...

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, Pennsylvania, early in April 1829. It was printed in the 1833 Book of Commandments.

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