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JOSEPH SMITH—HISTORY
EXTRACTS FROM THE HISTORY OF JOSEPH SMITH, THE PROPHET
  17 It no sooner appeared than I found myself adelivered from the enemy which held me bound. When the light rested upon me I bsaw two cPersonages, whose brightness and dglory defy all description, estanding above me in the air. One of them spake unto me, calling me by name and said, pointing to the other—This is My fBeloved gSon. Hear Him!

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Jer. 10: 10.
  10 But the Lord is the true aGod, he is the bliving God, and an everlasting cking: at his wrath the earth shall tremble, and the nations shall not be able to abide his dindignation.
1 Jn. 4: 12 (7-21)
  12 aNo man hath bseen God at any time. If we love one another, cGod ddwelleth in us, and his love is perfected in us.
JS-H 1: 25.
  25 So it was with me. I had actually seen a light, and in the midst of that light I saw two aPersonages, and they did in reality speak to me; and though I was bhated and cpersecuted 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 dfalsely 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? For I had seen a vision; I knew it, and I knew that God knew it, and I could not edeny it, neither dared I do it; at least I knew that by so doing I would offend God, and come under condemnation.
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1 Sam. 3: 10.
  10 And the Lord came, and astood, and called as at other times, Samuel, Samuel. Then Samuel answered, Speak; for thy bservant heareth.
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Matt. 3: 17.
  17 And lo a avoice from heaven, saying, This is my bbeloved cSon, in whom I am well pleased.
Matt. 17: 5.
  5 While he yet spake, behold, a bright acloud overshadowed them: and behold a bvoice out of the cloud, which said, This is my cbeloved dSon, in whom I am well pleased; hear ye him.
3 Ne. 11: 7.
  7 Behold my aBeloved Son, bin whom I am well pleased, in whom I have glorified my name—hear ye him.
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