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Visions of Moses, June 1830 [Moses 1]

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A Revelation given to Joseph the Revelator June 1830
The words of God which he spake unto Moses at a time when Moses was caught up into an exceeding high Mountain & he saw God face to face & he talked with him1

See Exodus 33:11; and Deuteronomy 34:10.  


& the glory of God was upon Moses therefore Moses could endure his presence & God spake unto Moses saying Behold I I am the Lord God Almighty & endless is my name for I am without beginning of days or end of years2

See Hebrews 7:3.  


& is this not endless & behold thou art my Son Wherefore look & I will shew thee the workmanship of mine hands but not all for my works are without end & also my words for they never cease wherefore no man can behold all my works except he behold all my glory & no man can behold all my glory & afterwords remain in the flesh & I have a work for thee Moses my Son & thou art in similitude to mine only begotten & mine only begotten is & shall be for he is full of grace & truth but there is none other God beside me & all things are present with me for I know them all And now behold this one thing I shew unto thee Moses my son for thou art in the world & now I shew it thee And it came to pass that Moses looked & beheld the world upon which he was created & Moses beheld the world & the ends thereof & all the Children of men which was & which was created of the same he greatly marvelled & wondered & the presence of God withdrew from Moses that his glory was not upon Moses & Moses was left unto himself & as he was left unto himself he fell unto the Earth, And it came to pass, that it was for the space of many hours before Moses did again receive his natural strength like unto man, & he saith unto himself Now for this once I know that man is nothing, which thing I never had supposed, but now mine eyes, mine own eyes but not mine eyes for mine eyes could not have beheld for I should have withered & died in his presence but his glory was upon me & I beheld his face for I was transfigered before him4

The Book of Mormon describes the transfiguration of three of Jesus’s disciples in the Americas: “And whether they were in the body or out of the body, they could not tell: for it did seem unto them like a transfiguration of them, that they were changed from this body of flesh, into an immortal state, that they could behold the things of God.” (Book of Mormon, 1830 ed., 510–511 [3 Nephi 28:15].)  


And now it came to pass that when Moses had said these words, behold, Satan came tempting him saying, Moses, Son of man, worship me, And it came to pass that Moses looked upon Satan & saith, Who art thou for behold, I am a Son of God in the similitude of his only begotten, & where is thy glory that I should worship thee, for, behold, I could not look upon God except his glory should come upon me, & I were transfigered before him but I can look upon thee in the natural man, if not so surely blessed be the name of my God for his Spirit hath not altogether withdrawn from me or else where is thy glory for it is blackness unto me & I can Judge between thee & God for God said unto me Worship God for him only shalt thou serve Get thee hence Satan deceive me not for God said unto me Thou art after the similitude of mine only begotten & he also gave unto me commandment when he called unto me out of the burning bush Saying call upon God in the name of mine only begotten & worship me And again Moses saith I will not cease to call upon God I have other things to inquire of him for his glory has been upon me & it is glory unto me wherefore I can judge betwixt him & thee. depart hence Satan And now when Moses had said these words Satan cried with a loud voice & wrent5

Words supplied based on John Whitmer’s circa January 1831 copy of this text. It is unclear whether “wrent” was intended to be “went,” or an alternate spelling of “rent” (the past tense of “rend”), or a mistaken rendering of the past tense of “rant.” Confusion over JS’s intended meaning affected how the text was worded in subsequent published versions of the revelation. (Old Testament Revision, John Whitmer first copy, 1; see also Jackson, Book of Moses, 50, 62n58.)  


upon the Earth [p. [1]]
A Revelation given to Joseph the Revelator June 1830
The words of God which he gave <spake> unto Moses at a time  when Moses was caught up into an exceeding high Mountain & he saw  God face to face & he talked with him1

See Exodus 33:11; and Deuteronomy 34:10.  


& the glory of God was upon Mo ses therefore Moses could endure his presence & God spake unto Mo ses saying Behold I I am the Lord God Almighty & endless is  my name for I am without beginning of days or end of years2

See Hebrews 7:3.  


& is this not  endless & behold thou art my Son Wherefore look & I will shew thee the work manship of mine hands but not all for my works are without end & also my wo [r]ds3

TEXT: “wo[page torn]ds”.  


for they never cease wherefore no man can behold all my works except he  behold <all> my glory & no man can behold all my glory & afterwords remain in the  flesh & I have a work for thee Moses my Son & thou art in similitude to my <mine>  only begotten & mine only begotten is & shall be for he is full of grace & truth but  there is none other God beside me & all things are present with me for I know  them all And now behold this one thing I shew unto thee Moses my  son for thou art in the world & now I shew it thee And it came to  pass that Moses looked & beheld the world upon which he was created &  Moses beheld the world & the ends thereof & all the Children of men which  was & which was created of the same he greatly marvelled & wondered &  the presence of God withdrew from Moses that his glory was not upon  Moses & Moses was left unto himself & as he was left unto himself  he fell unto the Earth, And it came to pass, that it was for the space  of many hours before Moses did again receive his natural strength  [lik]e unto man, & he saith unto himself no Now for this once I know that  [m]an is nothing, which thing I never had supposed, but now mine eyes,  mine own eyes but not mine eyes for mine eyes could not have beheld for I shou ld have withered & died in his presence but his glory was upon me & I be held his face for I was transfigered before him4

The Book of Mormon describes the transfiguration of three of Jesus’s disciples in the Americas: “And whether they were in the body or out of the body, they could not tell: for it did seem unto them like a transfiguration of them, that they were changed from this body of flesh, into an immortal state, that they could behold the things of God.” (Book of Mormon, 1830 ed., 510–511 [3 Nephi 28:15].)  


And now it came to  pass that when Moses had said these words, behold, Satan came tempting  him saying, Moses, Son of man, worship me, And it came to pass that  Moses looked upon Satan & saith, Who art thou for behold, I am a  Son of God in the similitude of his only begotten, & where is thy glory that I  should worship thee, for, behold, I could not look upon God except his  glory should come upon me, & I were transfigered before him but I can  look upon thee in the natural man, if not so surely blessed be the name  of my God for his Spirit hath not altogether withdrawn from me  or else where is thy glory for it is blackness unto me & I can Judge betw een thee & God for God said unto me Worship God for him only shalt  thou serve Get thee hence Satan deceive me not for God said unto me  Thou art after the similitude of mine only begotten & he also gave unto  me commandment when he called unto me out of the burning bush Saying  [c]all upon God in the name of mine only begotten & worship me And again  Moses saith I will not cease to call upon God I have other things to  inquire of him for his glory has been upon me & it is glory unto me wherefore  I can judge betwixt him & thee[.] depart hence Satan And now when Mose[s]  had said these words Satan cried with a loud [voice &] wrent5

Words supplied based on John Whitmer’s circa January 1831 copy of this text. It is unclear whether “wrent” was intended to be “went,” or an alternate spelling of “rent” (the past tense of “rend”), or a mistaken rendering of the past tense of “rant.” Confusion over JS’s intended meaning affected how the text was worded in subsequent published versions of the revelation. (Old Testament Revision, John Whitmer first copy, 1; see also Jackson, Book of Moses, 50, 62n58.)  


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; three pages; now in Old Testament Revision 1, CCLA.
This text is found on two leaves measuring approximately 12¾ × 7¾ inches (32 × 20 cm). It is unclear whether this text was envisioned in June 1830 as part of a larger work of Bible revision or whether it became part of a larger project later, as the work of Bible revision unfolded. The notation at the beginning of the text (“A Revelation given to Joseph the Revelator June 1830”) and the similar heading that introduces the text that immediately follows this text in Old Testament Manuscript 1 (“A Revelation given to the Elders of the Church of Christ On the first Book of Moses given to Joseph the Seer1) are both similar to headings attached to other early revelatory texts. However, the pages comprising this text eventually became both physically and intellectually associated with the sixty-one-page manuscript now known as Old Testament Revision 1.
The collection of Old Testament material of which this is a part was created between June 1830 and March 1831 and comprises texts relating to the biblical book of Genesis from the beginning through chapter 24, verse 41. Today the manuscript is composed of both loose sheets and at least one gathering of pages encased in a paper wrapper, with evidence of sewing at one point along the margin to keep it together. Halfway through the featured text, the ink flow changes to a different shade of ink. The break in ink may be related to the original production of the text, but the implications are unclear. Textual evidence and apparent scribal errors hint that the featured text may be a later copy, but the evidence is inconclusive.
The Bible revision manuscripts remained in JS’s possession throughout his life.2

See Call, “Copied from the Journal of Anson Call,” 3–4; F. M. Cooper, “Spiritual Reminiscences.—No. 2,” Autumn Leaves, Jan. 1891, 18.  


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for more than twenty years until 1867, when she gave it to her son Joseph Smith III

6 Nov. 1832–10 Dec. 1914. Clerk, hotelier, farmer, justice of the peace, editor, minister. Born at Kirtland, Geauga Co., Ohio. Son of JS and Emma Hale. Moved to Far West, Caldwell Co., Missouri, 1838; to Quincy, Adams Co., Illinois, 1839; and to Commerce ...

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3

Romig, “New Translation Materials since 1844,” 31.  


so that the Reorganized Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (RLDS church) could publish it.4

The Holy Scriptures: Translated and Corrected by the Spirit of Revelation by Joseph Smith, Jr., the Seer (Plano, IL: Joseph Smith, I. L. Rogers, E. Robinson, 1867).  


It has been in the possession of the RLDS church (now Community of Christ) ever since.5

For additional information about the chain of custody and provenance of the Bible revision manuscripts, see Romig, “New Translation Materials since 1844,” 29–40.  


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