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Visions of Moses, June 1830 [Moses 1]

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And the Lord God spake unto Moses saying The Heavens there are many & they cannot be numbered unto man but they are numbered unto me for they are mine & as one Earth shall pass away & the Heavens thereof even so shall another come And there is no end to my works neither my words for behold this is my work to my glory to the immortality & the eternal life of man And now Moses my Son I will speak unto you concerning this Earth upon which thou standest & thou shalt write the things which I shall speak & in a day when the children of men shall esteem my words as nought & take many of them from the Book which thou shalt write behold I will raise up another like unto thee7

The Book of Mormon contains a similar prophecy by the biblical Joseph, son of Jacob, who predicted that in the latter days “a seer shall the Lord my God raise up. . . . And he shall be great like unto Moses . . . to deliver my people, O house of Israel.” (Book of Mormon, 1830 ed., 66–67 [2 Nephi 3:6, 9].)  


& they shall be had again among the Children of men among even as many as shall believe These words was spoken unto Moses in the mount the name of which shall not be known among the Children of men And now they are also spoken unto you shew them not unto any except them that believe Amen [p. [3]]
And the Lord God spake unto Moses saying The Heavens there are many  & they cannot be numbered unto man but they are numbered unto  me for they are mine & as one Earth shall pass away & the Heavens there of even so shall another come And there is no end to my works neither my  words for behold this is my work to my glory to the immortality & the  eternal life of man And now Moses my Son I will speak unto you concer ning this Earth upon which thou standest & thou shalt write the things wh ich I shall speak & in a day when the children of men shall esteem my  words as nought & take many of them from the Book which thou shalt write  behold I will raise up another like unto theee thee7

The Book of Mormon contains a similar prophecy by the biblical Joseph, son of Jacob, who predicted that in the latter days “a seer shall the Lord my God raise up. . . . And he shall be great like unto Moses . . . to deliver my people, O house of Israel.” (Book of Mormon, 1830 ed., 66–67 [2 Nephi 3:6, 9].)  


& they shall be had  again among the Children of men among even as many as shall believe  These words was spoken unto Moses in the mount the name of which  shall not be known among the Children of men And now they are  also spoken unto you shew them not unto any except them that believe <Amen> [p. [3]]
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“A Revelation given to Joseph the Revelator June 1830,” Visions of Moses, [Fayette Township

Located in northern part of county between Seneca and Cayuga lakes. Area settled, by 1790. Officially organized as Washington Township, 14 Mar. 1800. Name changed to Fayette, 6 Apr. 1808. Population in 1830 about 3,200. Population in 1840 about 3,700. Significant...

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, Seneca Co., NY, or Harmony Township

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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, Susquehanna Co., PA (or possibly Colesville Township

Area settled, beginning 1785. Formed from Windsor Township, Apr. 1821. Population in 1830 about 2,400. Villages within township included Harpursville, Nineveh, and Colesville. Susquehanna River ran through eastern portion of township. JS worked for Joseph...

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or Manchester Township

Settled 1793. Formed as Burt Township when divided from Farmington Township, 31 Mar. 1821. Name changed to Manchester, 16 Apr. 1822. Included village of Manchester. Population in 1825 about 2,700. Population in 1830 about 2,800. JS reported first vision of...

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, NY)], June 1830; handwriting 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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; 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

10 July 1804–30 Apr. 1879. Scribe, editor, boardinghouse operator, clothier. Born at Willingborough Township (later in Harmony), Susquehanna Co., Pennsylvania. Daughter of Isaac Hale and Elizabeth Lewis. Member of Methodist church at Harmony (later in Oakland...

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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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