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Sample of Pure Language, between circa 4 and circa 20 March 1832

Sample of Pure Language, between circa 4 and circa 20 March 1832

A Sample of pure Language
given by Joseph the Seer

The Book of Mormon identified a seer as a “revelator, and a prophet also,” specifying, however, that a seer was “greater than a prophet.” A seer could “know of things which has past, and also of things which is to come.” The work of a seer included translation...

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as copied by Br Johnson
Question What is the name of God in pure Language
AnswerAwmen.
QThe meaning of the pure word Awmen
AIt is the being which made all things in all its parts.
QWhat is the name of the Son of God.
AThe Son Awmen.
QWhat is the Son Awmen.
AIt is the greatest of all the parts of Awmen which is the Godhead the first born.
QWhat is man.
AThis signifies Sons Awmen. the human family the children of men the greatest parts of Awmen Sons the Son Awmen
QWhat are Angels called in pure language.
AAwmen Angls-men
Q What are the meaning of these words.
AAwmen’s Ministerring servants Sanctified who are sent forth from heaven to minister for or to Sons Awmen the greatest part of Awmen Son. Sons Awmen Son Awmen Awmen
[p. 144]
A Sample of pure Language  
given by Joseph the Seer

The Book of Mormon identified a seer as a “revelator, and a prophet also,” specifying, however, that a seer was “greater than a prophet.” A seer could “know of things which has past, and also of things which is to come.” The work of a seer included translation...

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as copied by Br Johnson
Question What is the name of God in pure Language
AnswerAwmen.
QThe meaning of the pure word A[w]men
AIt is the being which made all things in all its parts.
QWhat is the name of the Son of God.
AThe Son Awmen.
QWhat is the Son Awmen.
AIt is the greatest of all the parts of Awmen which  is the Godhead the first born.
QWhat is is man.
AThis signifies Sons Awmen. the human family the  children of men the greatest parts of Awmen Sons  the Son Awmen
QWhat are Angels called in pure language.
AAwmen Angls-men
Q What are the meaning of these words.
AAwmen’s Serts Ministerring servants Sanctified who are  sent forth from heaven to minister for or to Sons  Awmen the greatest part of Awmen Son. Sons  Awmen Son Awmen Awmen
[p. 144]
John Whitmer

27 Aug. 1802–11 July 1878. Farmer, stock raiser, newspaper editor. Born in Pennsylvania. Son of Peter Whitmer Sr. and Mary Musselman. Member of German Reformed Church, Fayette, Seneca Co., New York. Baptized by Oliver Cowdery, June 1829, most likely in Seneca...

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recorded this text possibly in late April 1832 in Revelation Book 1, where it is designated “A Sample of pure Language given by Joseph the Seer as copied by Br Johnson.” John Johnson

14 Apr. 1779–30 July 1843. Farmer, innkeeper. Born at Chesterfield, Cheshire Co., New Hampshire. Son of Israel Johnson and Abigail Higgins. Married Alice (Elsa) Jacobs, 22 June 1800. Moved to Pomfret, Windsor Co., Vermont, ca. 1803. Settled at Hiram, Portage...

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may have drafted the original (but no longer extant) document at his farm in Hiram

Area settled by immigrants from Pennsylvania and New England, ca. 1802. Located in northeastern Ohio about twenty-five miles southeast of Kirtland. Population in 1830 about 500. Population in 1840 about 1,100. JS lived in township at home of John and Alice...

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, Ohio, in March 1832 while JS resided there. This text appears in Revelation Book 1 immediately after an explanation of portions of the Revelation of John and may be related to that work.
Throughout this document, “Awmen” was changed to “Awman,” probably later by an unidentified scribe or possibly by John Whitmer

27 Aug. 1802–11 July 1878. Farmer, stock raiser, newspaper editor. Born in Pennsylvania. Son of Peter Whitmer Sr. and Mary Musselman. Member of German Reformed Church, Fayette, Seneca Co., New York. Baptized by Oliver Cowdery, June 1829, most likely in Seneca...

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at the time of inscription. In other texts, “Awman” is also given as “Aw-Man,” “Ahman,” and “Ah man.” These variations eventually became standardized as “Ahman.” In addition, instances in this document of “Son Awmen” could also be read as “San Awmen.”

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