2--History--Establishing the Foundations of the Church

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Unformatted text preview: Establishing the Foundations of the LDS Church Our Heritage , Chapter Two Coming Forth of the Book of Mormon Visits of the Angel Moroni On the evening of 21 September 1823, three years after receiving the First Vision, Joseph Smith prayed to the Lord for forgiveness of the follies of his youth and asked for further direction. The Lord answered by sending a heavenly messenger to instruct him. Visit of the Angel Moroni He called me by name, and said unto me that he was a messenger sent from the presence of God to me, and that his name was Moroni; that God had a work for me to do; and that my name should be had for good and evil among all nations, kindreds, and tongues, or that it should be both good and evil spoken of among all people. He said there was a book deposited, written upon gold plates, giving an account of the former inhabitants of this continent, and the source from whence they sprang. He also said that the fulness of the everlasting Gospel was contained in it, as delivered by the Savior to the ancient inhabitants (JS H 1:33-34). Joseph Visits the Hill Cumorah 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. Having removed the earth, I obtained a lever, which I got fixed under the edge of the stone, and with a little exertion raised it up. I looked in, and there indeed did I behold the plates, the Urim and Thummim, and the breastplate, as stated by the messenger (JSH 1:51-52). The angel Moroni appeared and told Joseph to meet him at the hill in one year at that same time and to continue the yearly meetings until the time came to receive the plates. At each visit, Moroni gave further instructions about what the Lord was going to do and how his kingdom was to be conducted (see JSH 1:27-54). The Work of Translation On 22 September 1827, after four years of preparation, Moroni gave the Prophet Joseph the gold plates and told him to begin the work of translation. Who Were Josephs Scribes? 1.) Martin Harris , a well-to-do farmer and Josephs friend. 2.) Oliver Cowdery , a young school teacher declared: These were the days never to be forgottento sit under the sound of a voice dictated by the inspiration of heaven, awakened the utmost gratitude of this bosom! (JSH 1:71) 3.) Emma Hale , Josephs wife, also acted as a scribe for a brief period. The Lost Manuscript From April 12, 1828 to June 14, 1828 Joseph and...
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