SELECTIONS FROM THE
BOOK OF MOSES
Adam’s seed keep a book of remembrance—His righteous posterity preach repentance—God reveals himself to Enoch—Enoch preaches the gospel—The plan of salvation was revealed to Adam—He received baptism and the priesthood.
And Adam hearkened unto the voice of God, and called upon his sons to repent.
And Adam knew his wife again, and she bare a son, and he called his name aSeth
. And Adam glorified the name of God; for he said: God hath appointed me another seed, instead of Abel, whom Cain slew.
And God revealed himself unto aSeth
, and he rebelled not, but offered an acceptable bsacrifice
, like unto his brother Abel. And to him also was born a son, and he called his name Enos.
And then began these men to acall
upon the name of the Lord, and the Lord blessed them;
And a abook
was kept, in the which was recorded, in the clanguage
of Adam, for it was given unto as many as called upon God to write by the spirit of dinspiration
And by them their achildren
were taught to read and write, having a blanguage
which was cpure
Now this same aPriesthood
, which was in the beginning, shall be in the end of the world also.
Now this prophecy Adam spake, as he was moved upon by the aHoly
Ghost, and a bgenealogy
was kept of the cchildren
of God. And this was the dbook
of the generations of Adam, saying: In the day that God created man, in the likeness of God made he him;
In the aimage
of his own bbody
, male and female, ccreated
he them, and blessed them, and called their dname
Adam, in the day when they were created and became living esouls
in the land upon the ffootstool
lived one hundred and thirty years, and begat a son in his own likeness, after his own bimage
, and called his name Seth.
And the days of Adam, after he had begotten Seth, were eight hundred years, and he begat many sons and daughters;
And all the days that Adam lived were nine hundred and thirty years, and he died.
Seth lived one hundred and five years, and begat Enos, and aprophesied
in all his days, and taught his son Enos in the ways of God; wherefore Enos prophesied also.
And Seth lived, after he begat Enos, eight hundred and seven years, and begat many sons and daughters.
And the children of amen
were numerous upon all the face of the land. And in those days bSatan
had great cdominion
among men, and raged in their hearts; and from thenceforth came dwars
and bloodshed; and a man’s hand was against his own brother, in administering death, because of esecret fworks
, seeking for gpower
All the days of Seth were nine hundred and twelve years, and he died.
And Enos lived ninety years, and begat aCainan
. And Enos and the residue of the people of God came out from the land, which was called Shulon, and dwelt in a land of promise, which he called after his own son, whom he had named bCainan
And Enos lived, after he begat Cainan, eight hundred and fifteen years, and begat many sons and daughters. And all the days of Enos were nine hundred and five years, and he died.
And Cainan lived seventy years, and begat Mahalaleel; and Cainan lived after he begat Mahalaleel eight hundred and forty years, and begat sons and daughters. And all the days of aCainan
were nine hundred and ten years, and he died.
And Mahalaleel lived sixty-five years, and begat Jared; and Mahalaleel lived, after he begat Jared, eight hundred and thirty years, and begat sons and daughters. And all the days of Mahalaleel were eight hundred and ninety-five years, and he died.
And Jared lived one hundred and sixty-two years, and begat aEnoch
; and Jared lived, after he begat Enoch, eight hundred years, and begat sons and daughters. And Jared btaught
Enoch in all the ways of God.
And this is the genealogy of the sons of Adam, who was the ason
of God, with whom God, himself, conversed.
And it came to pass that all the days of Jared were nine hundred and sixty-two years, and he died.
And Enoch lived sixty-five years, and begat Methuselah.
And it came to pass that Enoch journeyed in the land, among the people; and as he journeyed, the aSpirit
of God descended out of heaven, and abode upon him.
And he heard a avoice
from heaven, saying: bEnoch
, my son, cprophesy
unto this people, and say unto them—Repent, for thus saith the Lord: I am dangry
with this people, and my fierce anger is kindled against them; for their hearts have waxed ehard
, and their fears
are dull of hearing, and their eyes gcannot
see afar off;
And for these many generations, ever since the day that I created them, have they gone astray, and have adenied
me, and have sought their own counsels in the dark; and in their own abominations have they devised murder, and have not kept the commandments, which I gave unto their father, Adam.
Wherefore, they have foresworn themselves, and, by their oaths, they have brought upon themselves death; and a ahell
I have prepared for them, if they repent not;
And this is a decree, which I have sent forth in the beginning of the world, from my own mouth, from the foundation thereof, and by the mouths of my servants, thy fathers, have I decreed it, even as it shall be sent forth in the world, unto the ends thereof.
And when Enoch had heard these words, he abowed
himself to the earth, before the Lord, and spake before the Lord, saying: bWhy
is it that I have found favor in thy sight, and am but a lad, and all the people chate
me; for I am dslow
of speech; wherefore am I thy servant?
And the Lord said unto Enoch: Go forth and do as I have commanded thee, and no man shall pierce thee. Open thy amouth
, and it shall be filled, and I will give thee utterance, for all flesh is in my hands, and I will do as seemeth me good.
Say unto this people: aChoose
day, to serve the Lord God who made you.
Behold my aSpirit
is upon you, wherefore all thy words will I justify; and the bmountains
shall flee before you, and the crivers
shall turn from their course; and thou shalt abide in me, and I in you; therefore dwalk
And the Lord spake unto Enoch, and said unto him: Anoint thine eyes with aclay
, and wash them, and thou shalt see. And he did so.
And he beheld the aspirits
that God had created; and he beheld also things which were not visible to the bnatural
eye; and from thenceforth came the saying abroad in the land: A cseer
hath the Lord raised up unto his people.
And it came to pass that Enoch went forth in the land, among the people, standing upon the hills and the high places, and cried with a loud voice, testifying against their works; and all men were aoffended
because of him.
And they came forth to hear him, upon the high places, saying unto the atent
-keepers: Tarry ye here and keep the tents, while we go yonder to behold the seer, for he prophesieth, and there is a strange thing in the land; a bwild
man hath come among us.
And it came to pass when they heard him, no man laid hands on him; for afear
came on all them that heard him; for he bwalked
And there came a man unto him, whose name was Mahijah, and said unto him: Tell us plainly who thou art, and from whence thou comest?
And he said unto them: I came out from the land of aCainan
, the land of my fathers, a land of brighteousness
unto this day. And my father ctaught
me in all the ways of God.
And it came to pass, as I journeyed from the land of Cainan, by the sea east, I beheld a vision; and lo, the heavens I saw, and the Lord spake with me, and gave me commandment; wherefore, for this cause, to keep the commandment, I speak forth these words.
And Enoch continued his speech, saying: The Lord which spake with me, the same is the God of heaven, and he is my God, and your God, and ye are my brethren, and why acounsel
ye yourselves, and deny the God of heaven?
The heavens he made; the aearth
is his bfootstool
; and the foundation thereof is his. Behold, he laid it, an host of men hath he brought in upon the face thereof.
And death hath come upon our fathers; nevertheless we know them, and cannot deny, and even the first of all we know, even aAdam
For a book of aremembrance
we have bwritten
among us, according to the pattern given by the finger of God; and it is given in our own clanguage
And as Enoch spake forth the words of God, the people trembled, and could not astand
in his presence.
And he said unto them: Because that Adam afell
, we are; and by his fall came bdeath
; and we are made partakers of misery and woe.
Behold Satan hath come among the children of men, and atempteth
them to bworship
him; and men have become ccarnal
, and devilish, and are shut out from the epresence
But God hath made known unto our fathers that all men must repent.
And he called upon our father Adam by his own voice, saying: I am God; I amade
the world, and bmen cbefore
they were in the flesh.
And he also said unto him: If thou wilt turn unto me, and hearken unto my voice, and believe, and repent of all thy transgressions, and be abaptized
, even in water, in the name of mine Only Begotten Son, who is full of bgrace
and truth, which is Jesus cChrist
, the only dname
which shall be given under heaven, whereby esalvation
shall come unto the children of men, ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost, asking all things in his name, and whatsoever ye shall ask, it shall be given you.
And our father Adam spake unto the Lord, and said: Why is it that men must repent and be baptized in water? And the Lord said unto Adam: Behold I have aforgiven
thee thy transgression in the Garden of Eden.
Hence came the saying abroad among the people, that the aSon
of God hath batoned
for original guilt, wherein the sins of the parents cannot be answered upon the heads of the cchildren
, for they are dwhole
from the foundation of the world.
And the Lord spake unto Adam, saying: Inasmuch as thy children are aconceived
in sin, even so when they begin to grow up, bsin
conceiveth in their hearts, and they taste the cbitter
, that they may know to prize the good.
And it is given unto them to know good from evil; wherefore they are aagents
unto themselves, and I have given unto you another law and commandment.
Wherefore teach it unto your children, that all men, everywhere, must arepent
, or they can in nowise inherit the kingdom of God, for no bunclean
thing can dwell there, or cdwell
in his dpresence
; for, in the language of Adam, eMan
of Holiness is his name, and the name of his Only Begotten is the fSon
of Man, even gJesus
Christ, a righteous hJudge
, who shall come in the meridian of time.
That by reason of transgression cometh the fall, which fall bringeth death, and inasmuch as ye were born into the world by water, and blood, and the aspirit
, which I have made, and so became of bdust
a living soul, even so ye must be cborn
again into the kingdom of heaven, of dwater
, and of the Spirit, and be cleansed by blood, even the blood of mine Only Begotten; that ye might be sanctified from all sin, and eenjoy
life in this world, and eternal life in the world to come, even immortal hglory
Therefore it is given to abide in you; the arecord
of heaven; the bComforter
; the cpeaceable
things of immortal glory; the truth of all things; that which quickeneth all things, which maketh alive all things; that which knoweth all things, and hath all dpower
according to wisdom, mercy, truth, justice, and judgment.
And now, behold, I say unto you: This is the aplan
of salvation unto all men, through the bblood
of mine cOnly
Begotten, who shall come in the meridian of time.
And behold, all things have their alikeness
, and all things are created and made to bbear
record of me, both things which are temporal, and things which are spiritual; things which are in the heavens above, and things which are on the earth, and things which are in the earth, and things which are under the earth, both above and beneath: all things bear record of me.
And it came to pass, when the Lord had spoken with Adam, our father, that Adam cried unto the Lord, and he was acaught
away by the Spirit of the Lord, and was carried down into the water, and was laid under the bwater
, and was brought forth out of the water.
And thus he was baptized, and the Spirit of God descended upon him, and thus he was aborn
of the Spirit, and became quickened in the binner
And he heard a voice out of heaven, saying: Thou art baptized with afire
, and with the Holy Ghost. This is the brecord
of the Father, and the Son, from henceforth and forever;
And thou art after the aorder
of him who was without beginning of days or end of years, from all eternity to all eternity.
Behold, thou art aone
in me, a son of God; and thus may all become my bsons