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I reflected on it again and again, knowing that if any person needed b wisdom from God, I did; for how to act I did not know, and unless I could get more wisdom than I then had, I would never know; for the teachers of religion of the different sects c understood the same passages of scripture so differently as to destroy all confidence in settling the question by an appeal to the Bible. It was on the morning of a b beautiful , clear day, early in the spring of eighteen hundred and twenty. It was the first time in my life that I had made such an attempt, for amidst all my anxieties I had never as yet made the attempt to c pray d vocally.

I had scarcely done so, when immediately I was a seized upon by some power which entirely overcame me, and had such an astonishing influence over me as to bind my tongue so that I could not speak. Thick b darkness gathered around me, and it seemed to me for a time as if I were doomed to sudden destruction. When the light rested upon me I b saw two c Personages , whose brightness and d glory defy all description, e standing above me in the air. One of them spake unto me, calling me by name and said, pointing to the other— This is My f Beloved g Son.

Hear Him! No sooner, therefore, did I get possession of myself, so as to be able to speak, than I asked the Personages who stood above me in the light, which of all the sects was right for at this time it had never entered into my heart that all were wrong —and which I should join.

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When I came to myself again, I found myself a lying on my back, looking up into heaven. When the light had departed, I had no strength; but soon recovering in some degree, I went home. And as I leaned up to the fireplace, b mother inquired what the matter was.

Why the d opposition and persecution that arose against me, almost in my infancy? I was greatly surprised at his behavior; he treated my communication not only lightly, but with great contempt, saying it was all of the devil, that there were no such things as a visions or b revelations in these days; that all such things had ceased with the apostles, and that there would never be any more of them. But strange or not, so it was, and it was often the cause of great sorrow to myself. I have thought since, that I felt much like Paul, when he made his defense before King Agrippa, and related the account of the vision he had when he saw a light, and heard a voice; but still there were but few who believed him; some said he was dishonest, others said he was b mad ; and he was ridiculed and reviled.

But all this did not destroy the reality of his vision. He had seen a vision, he knew he had, and all the c persecution under heaven could not make it otherwise; and though they should persecute him unto death, yet he knew, and would know to his latest breath, that he had both seen a light and heard a voice speaking unto him, and all the world could not make him think or believe otherwise.

I had actually seen a light, and in the midst of that light I saw two a Personages , and they did in reality speak to me; and though I was b hated and c persecuted for saying that I had seen a vision, yet it was true; and while they were persecuting me, reviling me, and speaking all manner of evil against me d falsely for so saying, I was led to say in my heart: Why persecute me for telling the truth?

I have actually seen a vision; and who am I that I can withstand God, or why does the world think to make me deny what I have actually seen?

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For I had seen a vision; I knew it, and I knew that God knew it, and I could not e deny it, neither dared I do it; at least I knew that by so doing I would offend God, and come under condemnation. I had found the testimony of James to be true—that a man who lacked wisdom might ask of God, and obtain, and not be b upbraided.

In making this confession, no one need suppose me guilty of any great or malignant sins. A disposition to commit such was never in my nature. But I was guilty of d levity , and sometimes associated with jovial company, etc. But this will not seem very strange to any one who recollects my youth, and is acquainted with my native f cheery temperament. It was a whiteness beyond anything earthly I had ever seen; nor do I believe that any earthly thing could be made to appear so exceedingly white and brilliant. His hands were naked, and his arms also, a little above the wrist; so, also, were his feet naked, as were his legs, a little above the ankles.

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His head and neck were also bare. I could discover that he had no other clothing on but this robe, as it was open, so that I could see into his bosom. The room was exceedingly light, but not so very bright as immediately around his person. 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.

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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.

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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. 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.

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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.

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