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: Translation commenced from Mormon‘s abridgement of
the Book of Lehi. Joseph and Martin completed more than 116 pages in 63 days
(approximately 1.85 written pages per day). Joseph called this record ―the Book of Lehi.‖
Martin pleaded with Joseph to ask the Lord for permission to take the manuscript toPalmyra to show his wife, Lucy.ii)
Joseph asked the Lord three times for permission. The first two times the answer
was ―no.‖ On Joseph‘s third request, the Lord gave him permission, on
conditionthat Martin would show the manuscript only to members of his immediate family.
15 June 1828
: Martin left Harmony for Palmyra with 116 manuscript pages. Josephgave the interpreters to Moroni until the manuscript was returned. Emma gave birth toher first child, a son, who died the same day.g)
8 July 1828
: After not hearing from Martin for nearly three weeks, Josephtraveled to Palmyra. He arrived on 15 July and learned that the manuscript has beenlost.h)
16 July 1828
out my soul in supplication to [the Lord], that if possible I might obtain mercy at his hands and be forgiven of all that I had done which was contrary to his will
Joseph received an angelic visitation and a revelation, whichis now canonized as Doctrine and Covenants section 3. This revelation was giventhrough the interpreters, which were returned to Joseph briefly, after which they andthe plates were taken from him by Moroni.
This was one of the lowest points in the Prophet‘s life. He had lost the manuscript
of theBook of Lehi; lost the plates, the interpreters, and the gift to translate; and had lost hisfirstborn child and almost lost Emma in childbirth.
Remember, remember that it is not the work of God that is frustrated, butthe work of men;
for although a man may have many revelations, and havepower to do many mighty works, yet if he boasts in his own strength, and setsat naught the counsels of God, and follows after the dictates of his own willand carnal desires, he must fall and incur the vengeance of a just God uponhim.
Behold, thou art Joseph, and thou wast chosen to do the work of the Lord,but because of transgression, if thou art not aware thou wilt fall.
But remember, God is merciful; therefore, repent of that which thou hast
Christ of Latter-day Saints: Century I
(Salt Lake City: Deseret Book, 1930),
109; also, Robert F. Smith, Gordon C.
Thomasson, and John W. Welch, ―What Did Charles Anthon Really Say?‖,
Reexploring the Book of Mormon: The FARMS Updates
(Salt Lake City: Deseret Book, 1992), 73
Martin Harris originally returned to Harmony from New York City on 4 March 1828. He went home to Palmyra on 10March, and then came back to Harmony with his wife Lucy on 16 March. They stayed until 31 March, returning to Palmyra on4 April. Martin then came to Harmony alone, arriving 12 April after 68 days of travel.
So named in the preface to the first edition of the Book of Mormon(
Specifically, Martin was given permission to show the document to his brother, Preserved Harris, his own wife, Lucy,, his
father and mother, and his wife‘s sister.
History of the Church
Lucy Mack Smith,
Lucy’s Book: A Critical Edition of Lucy Mack Smith’s Family Memoir,
Lavina Fielding Anderson, ed.(Salt Lake City: Signature Books, 2001), 424 (