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Revelation, July 1828 [D&C 3]

July one Thousand Eight hundred & Twenty Eight  Given to 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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after he had lost certan writ ings

1 Jul. 1828

JS traveled to parents’ home in Manchester Township, New York, and learned Martin Harris had lost early manuscript pages of Book of Mormon.

which he had Translated

To produce a new text through a revelatory, rather than scholarly, process by the “gift and power of God.” In the Book of Mormon, the ancient prophet Mosiah translated records into his own language using “interpreters,” or “two stones which was fastened into...

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by the gift & Power of God 
Saying the words <works> of & designs & the Purposes of God cannot  be frustrated neither can they come to naught ground for God  doth not wa[l]k in crooked Paths neither doth he turn to  the right hand nor to the left neither doth vary from  that which he hath said therefore his paths are strait & his  course is one eternal round Remember Remember that it  is not the work of God that is frustrated but the works of  men for although a man may have many Revelations &  have power to do many Mighty works yet if he boast in  his own strength & Sets at naught the councils of God &  follows after the dictates of his will & carnal desires he  must fall to the Earth & incur the vengence of a Just God  upon him behold you have been intrusted with those  things but strict was your commandment

Generally, a divine mandate that church members were expected to obey; more specifically, a text dictated by JS in the first-person voice of deity that served to communicate knowledge and instruction to JS and his followers. Occasionally, other inspired texts...

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& Remember  also the Promises which were made to you if you transgre ssed them & behold how oft you have transgressed them  Laws of God & have gone on in the Persuasions of men for  behold you should not have feared men more then God alth ough men set at naught the councils of God & dispise his  words yet you should have been faithful & he would have  extended his arm & supported you against all the firey darts  of the advisary & he would have been with you in evry time  of trouble behold thou art Joseph & thou wast chosen to do  the work of the Lord but because of transgression thou mayest  fall but remember God is merciful therefore repent of  that which thou hast done & he will only cause thee  to be afflicted for a season & thou art still chosen &  will & will again be called to the work & except [p. 1]
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JS dictated the Book of Mormon translation to scribes, with Martin Harris

18 May 1783–10 July 1875. Farmer. Born at Easton, Albany Co., New York. Son of Nathan Harris and Rhoda Lapham. Moved with parents to area of Swift’s Landing (later in Palmyra), Ontario Co., New York, 1793. Married first his first cousin Lucy Harris, 27 Mar...

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serving in that capacity from about mid-April to mid-June 1828 at Harmony

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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, Pennsylvania. When they had produced a substantial manuscript, Harris pressed JS for permission to take the 116-page transcription to his home in New York

Located in northeast region of U.S. Area settled by Dutch traders, 1620s; later governed by Britain, 1664–1776. Admitted to U.S. as state, 1788. Population in 1810 about 1,000,000; in 1820 about 1,400,000; in 1830 about 1,900,000; and in 1840 about 2,400,...

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to show to his skeptical wife, Lucy, and others. During his visit home the manuscript was lost, perhaps stolen. The text conveyed to a penitent JS a promise of forgiveness and restoration to his calling, as well as a clear statement of the purpose and importance of the records being translated.
Between March and June 1831, 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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copied this text into Revelation Book 1, where it is dated July 1828 and characterized as “Given to Joseph the Seer after he had lost certan writings which he had Translated by the gift & Power of God.” The 1833 Book of Commandments includes this revelation and dates it to July 1828 at Harmony

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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, Pennsylvania. The 1835 Doctrine and Covenants gives the same date but no location.

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