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Visions of Moses, June 1830 [Moses 1]

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& commanded saying I am the only begotten worship me And it came to pass that Moses began to fear exceedingly & as he began to fear he saw the bitterness of Hell Nevertheless calling upon God he received strength & he commanded saying Depart hence Satan for this one God only will I worship which is the God of glory & now Satan began to tremble & the Earth shook & Moses receiving strength called upon God saying In the name of Jesus Christ depart hence Satan And it came to pass that satan cried with a loud voice with weeping & wailing & gnashing of teeth & departed hence yea from the presence of Moses that he beheld him not And now of this thing Moses bore record but because of wickedness it is not had among the children of men And it came to pass that when Satan had departed from the presence of Moses he lifted up his eyes unto Heaven being filled with the Holy Ghost which beareth record of the Father & the Son & calling upon the name of God he beheld again his glory for it was upon him & he heard a voice saying Blessed art thou Moses for I the Almighty have chosen thee & thou shalt be made stronger than the many waters for they shall obey thy command even as if thou wert God & lo I am with you even to the end of thy days for thou shalt deliver my people from bondage even Israel my chosen And it came to pass as the voice was still speaking he cast his eyes & he beheld the Earth yea even all all the face of it & there was not a particle of it which he did not behold diserning it by the Spirit of God & he beheld also the inhabitants thereof & there was not a soul which he beheld not & he discerned them by the Spirit of God & their numbers were great even as numberless as the sand upon the sea shore & he beheld many lands & each land was called Earth & there were inhabitants upon the face thereof And it came to pass that Moses called upon God saying tell me I pray thee why these things are so & by what thou madest them & behold the glory of God was upon Moses that Moses stood in the presence of God & he talked with him face to face & the Lord God said unto Moses For mine own purpose have I made these things here is wisdom & it remaineth in me & by the word of my power have I created them which is mine only begotten Son full of grace & truth & worlds without number have I created & I also created them for mine own purpose & by the same I created them which is mine only begotten & the first man of all men have I called Adam which is many but only an account of this Earth & the inhabitants thereof give I unto you for behold there are many worlds which have passed away by the word of my power & there are many also which now stand & numberless are they unto man but all things are numbered unto me for they are mine & I know them And it came to pass that Moses spake unto the Lord saying Be merciful unto thy Servant O God & tell me concerning this Earth & the inhabitants thereof & also the Heavens & then thy Servant will be content [p. [2]]
& comma[n]ded saying I am the only begotten worship me And it came  to pass that Moses began to fear exceedingly & as he began to fear he  saw the bitterness of Hell Nevertheless calling upon God he received stren gth & he commanded saying Depart hence Satan for this one God only  will I worship which is the God of glory & now Satan began to tremble  & the Earth shook & Moses receiving strength called upon God saying  In the name of Jesus Christ depart hence Satan And it came to pass that  satan cried with a loud voice with weeping & wailing & gnashing of teeth  & departed hence yea from the presence of Moses that he beheld him not  And now of this thing <thing> Moses bore record but because of wickedness it is  not had among the children of men 6

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And it came to pass that when  Satan had departed from the presence of Moses he lifted up his  eyes unto Heaven being filled with the Holy Ghost which beareth  record of the Father & the Son & calling upon the name of God he beheld  again his glory for it was upon him & he heard a voice saying Blessed  art thou Moses for I the Almighty have chosen thee & thou shalt  be made stronger than the many waters for they shall obey thy command  even as if thou wert God & lo I am with you even to the end of thy days  for thou shalt deliver my people from bondage even Israel my chose[n]  And it came to pass as the voice was still speaking he cast his eyes & h[e]  beheld the Earth yea even all all the face of it & there was not a particl[e]  of it which he did not behold diserning it by the Spirit of God & he be held also the inhabitants thereof & there was not a soul which he be[held]  not & he discerned them by the Spirit of God & their numbers were grea[t]  even as numberless as the sand upon the sea shore & he beheld many lands  & each land was called Earth & there were inhabitants upon the face there of And it came to pass that Moses called upon God saying tell me I pray  thee why these things are so & by what thou madest them & behold the glory  of God was upon Moses that Moses stood in the presence of God & he talk[ed]  with him face to face & the Lord God said unto Moses For mine own  purpose have I made these things here is wisdom & it remaineth in me  & by the word of my power have I created them which is mine only be gotten Son full of grace & truth & worlds without number have I cre ated & I also created them for mine own purpose & by the same I  created them which is mine only begotten & the first man of all men  have I called Adam which is many but only an account of this  Earth & the inhabitants thereof give I unto you for behold there are  many worlds which have passed away by the word of my power &  there are many also which now stand & numberless are they unto man bu[t]  all things are numbered unto me for they are mine & I know them  And it came to pass that Moses spake unto the Lord saying Be merciful  [u]nto thy Servant O God & tell me concerning this Earth & the inhabitan[ts]  [the]reof & also the H[eavens] & then thy Servant will be content [p. [2]]
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, Seneca Co., NY, or Harmony Township

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, Susquehanna Co., PA (or possibly Colesville Township

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or Manchester Township

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, NY)], June 1830; handwriting of Oliver Cowdery

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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.  


After JS’s death, the manuscript was in the possession of his wife Emma

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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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