Verse: In the beginning God Elohim created the heavens and the earth. The earth was formless and void, and darkness was over the surface of the deep, and the Spirit of God Elohim was moving over the surface of the waters. Genesis ,2. Verse: This is the account of the heavens and the earth when they were created, in the day that the Lord Jehovah God made earth and heaven. Genesis Verse: O Lord God Adonai You have begun to show Your servant Your greatness and Your strong hand; for what god is there in heaven or on earth who can do such works and mighty acts as Yours?
Deuteronomy Verse: He built an altar there, and called the place El-bethel El Bethel , because there God had revealed Himself to him when he fled from his brother. Psalm Come here!
Verse: Know therefore that the Lord your God is God; he is the faithful God El Emunah , keeping his covenant of love to a thousand generations of those who love him and keep his commandments. Verse: The voice of the Lord is over the waters; the God of glory El Hakabodh thunders, the Lord thunders over the mighty waters.
Verse: This is how you will know that the living God Elohim Chayim is among you and that he will certainly drive out before you the Canaanites, Hittites, Hivites, Perizzites, Girgashites, Amorites and Jebusites. Joshua Verse: By day the Lord directs his love, at night his song is with me — a prayer to the God El of my life Hayyay. He is a holy God Elohim Kedoshim ; he is a jealous God. He will not forgive your rebellion and your sins.
Verse: You shall not bow down to them or worship them; for I, the Lord your God, am a jealous God El Kanna , punishing the children for the sin of the parents to the third and fourth generation of those who hate me, Exodus Verse: Trust in him at all times, you people; pour out your hearts to him, for God Elohim is our refuge Machase Lanu. When I first looked upon him, I was c afraid ; but the d fear soon left me. He also said that the b fulness of the everlasting Gospel was contained in it, as delivered by the Savior to the ancient inhabitants;.
He first quoted part of the a third chapter of Malachi ; and he quoted also the fourth or last chapter of the same prophecy, though with a little variation from the way it reads in our Bibles. Instead of quoting the first verse as it reads in our books, he quoted it thus:. If it were not so, the whole earth would be utterly wasted at his coming. He quoted also the third chapter of Acts, twenty-second and twenty-third verses , precisely as they stand in our New Testament.
He also said that this was not yet fulfilled, but was soon to be. And he further stated that the fulness of the b Gentiles was soon to come in.
Sepher Shimmush Tehillim;
He quoted many other passages of scripture, and offered many explanations which c cannot be mentioned here. While he was conversing with me about the plates, the vision was opened to my b mind that I could see the place where the plates were deposited, and that so clearly and distinctly that I knew the place again when I visited it. Having related these things, he again ascended as he had done before. This he forbade me, saying that I must have no other object in view in getting the plates but to glorify God, and must not be influenced by any other d motive than that of building his kingdom; otherwise I could not get them.
My father, who was laboring along with me, discovered something to be wrong with me, and told me to go home.
I started with the intention of going to the house; but, in attempting to cross the fence out of the field where we were, my strength entirely failed me, and I b fell helpless on the ground, and for a time was quite unconscious of anything. I looked up, and beheld the same messenger standing over my head, surrounded by light as before. He then again related unto me all that he had related to me the previous night, and commanded me to go to my a father and tell him of the vision and commandments which I had received. He b replied to me that it was of God, and told me to go and do as commanded by the messenger.
Hearing God's Voice
I left the field, and went to the place where the messenger had told me the plates were deposited; and owing to the distinctness of the vision which I had had concerning it, I knew the place the instant that I arrived there. On the west side of this hill, not far from the top, under a stone of considerable size, lay the plates, deposited in a stone box. This stone was thick and rounding in the middle on the upper side, and thinner towards the edges, so that the middle part of it was visible above the ground, but the edge all around was covered with earth.
I looked in, and there indeed did I behold the a plates , the b Urim and Thummim , and the breastplate, as stated by the messenger. The box in which they lay was formed by laying stones together in some kind of cement. In the bottom of the box were laid two stones crossways of the box, and on these stones lay the plates and the other things with them. Sometimes we were at home, and sometimes abroad, and by continuous b labor were enabled to get a comfortable maintenance. He had heard something of a silver mine having been opened by the Spaniards in Harmony, Susquehanna county, State of Pennsylvania; and had, previous to my hiring to him, been digging, in order, if possible, to discover the mine.
After I went to live with him, he took me, with the rest of his hands, to dig for the silver mine, at which I continued to work for nearly a month, without success in our undertaking, and finally I prevailed with the old gentleman to cease digging after it. Hence arose the very prevalent story of my having been a money-digger.
Isaac Hale, of that place; it was there I first saw my wife his daughter , Emma Hale. On the 18th of January, , we were married, while I was yet employed in the service of Mr. I was, therefore, under the necessity of taking her elsewhere; so we went and were married at the house of Squire Tarbill, in South Bainbridge, Chenango county, New York. Immediately after my marriage, I left Mr.
On the twenty-second day of September, one thousand eight hundred and twenty-seven, having gone as usual at the end of another year to the place where they were deposited, the same heavenly messenger delivered them up to a me with this charge: that I should be b responsible for them; that if I should let them go carelessly, or through any c neglect of mine, I should be cut off; but that if I would use all my endeavors to d preserve them, until he, the messenger, should call for them, they should be protected.
For no sooner was it known that I had them, than the most strenuous exertions were used to a get them from me. Every stratagem that could be invented was resorted to for that purpose. The persecution became more bitter and severe than before, and multitudes were on the alert continually to get them from me if possible.
But by the wisdom of God, they remained safe in my hands, until I had accomplished by them what was required at my hand. When, according to arrangements, the messenger called for them, I delivered them up to him; and he has them in his charge until this b day , being the second day of May, one thousand eight hundred and thirty-eight.
If I were to relate a thousandth part of them, it would fill up volumes.
The persecution, however, became so intolerable that I was under the necessity of leaving Manchester, and going with my wife to Susquehanna county, in the State of Pennsylvania. While preparing to start—being very poor, and the persecution so heavy upon us that there was no probability that we would ever be otherwise—in the midst of our afflictions we found a friend in a gentleman by the name of b Martin Harris , who came to us and gave me fifty dollars to assist us on our journey.
Harris was a resident of Palmyra township, Wayne county, in the State of New York, and a farmer of respectability. Martin Harris came to our place, got the characters which I had drawn off the plates, and started with them to the city of New York. For what took place relative to him and the characters, I refer to his own account of the circumstances, as he related them to me after his return, which was as follows:. Professor Anthon stated that the translation was correct, more so than any he had before seen translated from the Egyptian.
I then showed him those which were not yet translated, and he said that they were Egyptian, Chaldaic, Assyriac, and Arabic; and he said they were true characters. He gave me a certificate, certifying to the people of Palmyra that they were true characters, and that the translation of such of them as had been translated was also correct. I took the certificate and put it into my pocket, and was just leaving the house, when Mr.
Anthon called me back, and asked me how the young man found out that there were gold plates in the place where he found them. I answered that an angel of God had revealed it unto him.
Prayers and Thanksgivings
I informed him that part of the plates were b sealed , and that I was forbidden to bring them. Mitchell, who sanctioned what Professor Anthon had said respecting both the characters and the translation. He stated to me that having been teaching school in the neighborhood where my father resided, and my father being one of those who sent to the school, he went to board for a season at his house, and while there the family related to him the circumstances of my having received the plates, and accordingly he had come to make inquiries of me.
Cowdery being the 7th of April I commenced to translate the Book of Mormon, and he began to a write for me.
- Gioventù amore e rabbia: Il coraggio di non arrendersi: storie di chi vuole cambiare unItalia che non ci piace più (Saggi) (Italian Edition);
- The Creator of Universe Ma Shakti.
- Sharlyne C. Thomas (Author of When Heaven Hears Your Prayer).
- Native Americans in the School System: Family, Community, and Academic Achievement (Contemporary Native American Communities).
- BIBLE HISTORY DAILY.
- Joseph Holbrook, Mormon Pioneer, a Journal: With commentary on the winter he spent with the Ponca Indians?
While we were thus employed, praying and calling upon the Lord, a messenger from heaven descended in a c cloud of light, and having laid his d hands upon us, he e ordained us, saying:. I a baptized him first, and afterwards he baptized me—after which I laid my hands upon his head and ordained him to the Aaronic Priesthood, and afterwards he laid his hands on me and ordained me to the same Priesthood—for so we were commanded.
It was on the fifteenth day of May, , that we were ordained under the hand of this messenger, and baptized.