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Willard Richards Copy of Abraham Manuscript, Early 1842–B [Abraham 3:18–26]

Willard Richards Copy of Abraham Manuscript, Early 1842–B [Abraham 3:18–26]

Abaham, the inteligences that were organized bfore the world was; and among all these were many of the noble & great onees, and God saw these souls that they were good, & he stood in the midst of them, and he said, these, I will make my rulers; for he stood among those that were spirits, & he saw that they were good; & he said untto me, Abraham, thou art one of them, thou art Chosen before thou wast born. & there stood one among them that was like unto God, & he said unto those, who were with him, we will go down, for there is space there, & we will take of these materials, & we will make an earth whereon these may dwell; & we will prove them herewith, to see if they will do all things whatsoever the Lord their God shall command them; & they, who keep their first estate, shall be added upon; [p. 8]
Abaham, the inteligences that were  organized bfore the world was; and among all  these were many of the noble & great onees,  and God saw these souls that they were good,  & he stood in the midst of them, and he said,  these, I will make my rulers; for he stood  among these <those> that were spirits, & he saw  that they were good; & he said untto me,  Abraham, thou art one of them, thou art  Chosen before thou wast born. & there stood  one among htem <them> that was like unto God,  & he said unto those, who were with him,  we will go down, there for there is space there,  & we will take of these materials, & we will  make an earth whereon these may dwell;  & we will prove them herewith, to see if they  will do all things whatsoever the Lord their  God shall comm[an]d them; & they, who keep  their first estate, shall be added upon; [p. 8]
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Book of Abraham Manuscript, Nauvoo

Principal gathering place for Saints following expulsion from Missouri. Beginning in 1839, LDS church purchased lands in earlier settlement of Commerce and planned settlement of Commerce City, as well as surrounding areas. Served as church headquarters, 1839...

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, IL, early 1842; handwriting of Willard Richards

24 June 1804–11 Mar. 1854. Teacher, lecturer, doctor, clerk, printer, editor, postmaster. Born at Hopkinton, Middlesex Co., Massachusetts. Son of Joseph Richards and Rhoda Howe. Moved to Richmond, Berkshire Co., Massachusetts, 1813. Moved to Chatham, Columbia...

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; two pages; Book of Abraham Manuscripts, ca. 1837–1841, CHL.
Note: The transcript of the Book of Abraham manuscript presented here is used with permission of the Neal A. Maxwell Institute for Religious Scholarship. It was published earlier, with some differences in style, in Brian M. Hauglid, A Textual History of the Book of Abraham: Manuscripts and Editions (Provo, UT: Neal A. Maxwell Institute for Religious Scholarship, Brigham Young University, 2010), 196–199.

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