An Interesting Account of Several Remarkable Visions: And of the Late Discovery of Ancient American Records Orson Pratt

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An Interesting Account of Several Remarkable Visions: And of the Late Discovery of Ancient American Records by Orson Pratt
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An Interesting Account of Several Remarkable Visions - And of the Late Discovery of Ancient American Records by Orson PrattMr. Joseph Smith, jun. who made the following important discovery, was born in the town of Sharon, Windsor county, Vermont, onMoreAn Interesting Account of Several Remarkable Visions - And of the Late Discovery of Ancient American Records by Orson PrattMr. Joseph Smith, jun. who made the following important discovery, was born in the town of Sharon, Windsor county, Vermont, on the 23d December, a. d. 1805. When ten years old, his parents, with their family, moved to Palmyra, New-York- in the vicinity of which he resided for about eleven years, the latter part in the town of Manchester.

Cultivating the earth for a livelihood was his occupation, in which he employed the most of his time. His advantages for acquiring literary knowledge, were exceedingly small- hence, his education was limited to a slight acquaintance with two or three of the common branches of learning. He could read without much difficulty, and write a very imperfect hand- and had a very limited understanding of the ground rules of arithmetic.

These were his highest and only attainments- while the rest of those branches, so universally taught in the common schools, throughout the United States, were entirely unknown to him. When somewhere about fourteen or fifteen years old, he began seriously to reflect upon the necessity of being prepared for a future state of existence- but how, or in what way, to prepare himself, was a question, as yet, undetermined in his own mind. He perceived that it was a question of infinite importance, and that the salvation of his soul depended upon a correct understanding of the same.

He saw, that if he understood not the way, it would be impossible to walk in it, except by chance- and the thought of resting his hopes of eternal life upon chance, or uncertainties, was more than he could endure. If he went to the religious denominations to seek information, each one pointed to its particular tenets, saying--This is the way, walk ye in it- while, at the same time, the doctrines of each were in many respects, in direct opposition to one another, It also occurred to his mind that God was the author of but one doctrine, and therefore could acknowledge but one denomination as his church, and that such denomination must be a people, who believe and teach that one doctrine, (whatever it may be,) and build upon the same.

He then reflected upon the immense number of doctrines, now in the world, which had given rise to many hundreds of different denominations. The great question to be decided in his mind, was--if any one of these denominations be the Church of Christ, which one is it? Until he could become satisfied in relation to this question, he could not rest contented. To trust to the decisions of fallible man, and build his hopes upon the same, without any certainty, and knowledge of his own, would not satisfy the anxious desires that pervaded his breast.

To decide, without any positive and definite evidence, on which he could rely, upon a subject involving the future welfare of his soul, was revolting to his feelings. The only alternative, that seemed to be left him, was to read the Scriptures, and endeavor to follow their directions.

He, accordingly commenced perusing the sacred pages of the Bible, with sincerity, believing the things that he read. His mind soon caught hold of the following passage---If any of you lack wisdom let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not- and it shall be given him.--James i.

5. From this promise he learned, that it was the privilege of all men to ask God for wisdom, with the sure and certain expectation of receiving liberally- without being upbraided for so doing. This was cheering information to him- tidings that gave him great joy. It was like a light shining forth in a dark place, to guide him to the path in which he should walk.

He now saw that if he inquired of God, there was not only a possibility, but a probability- yea, more, a certainty, that he should obtain a knowledge, which, of all the doctrines, was the doctrine of Christ- and, which, of all the



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