Back to the BOAP Web Page

Sermon delivered at Philadelphia, PA on January 1, 1840 (Wednesday)
Sources: Times and Seasons 1 (May 1840): 104 and Autobiography of Parley P. Pratt
Times and SeasonsPratt Account

We had a conference here the first of Jan. 1840, J[oseph]. Smith, Jr. S[idney]. Rigdon, Orson [Pratt], P[arley].P. Pratt, and many other elders, were present. The minutes of the above, I will send to you as soon as convenient.

While visiting with brother Joseph in Philadelphia, a very large church was opened for him to preach in, and about three thousand people assembled to hear him. Brother Rigdon spoke first, and dwelt on the Gospel, illustrating his doctrine by the Bible. When he was through,

The Book of Mormon

J[oseph]. Smith, jr. bore testimony to the coming forth of the book of mormon which was the means of doing much good.
brother Joseph arose like a lion about to roar; and being full of the Holy Ghost, spoke in great power, bearing testimony of the visions he had seen, the ministering of angels which he had enjoyed; and how he had found the plates of the Book of Mormon, and translated them by the gift and power of God. He commenced by saying, "If nobody else had the courage to testify of so glorious a message from Heaven, and of the finding of so glorious a record, he felt to do it, in justice to the people, and leave the event with God." The entire congregation was astounded; electrified, as it were, and overwhelmed with the sense of the truth and power by which he spoke, and the wonders which he related. A lasting impression was made; many souls were gathered into the fold. And I bear witness, that he, by his faithful and powerful testimony, cleared his garments of their blood.

Copyright © 2000, 2007. W. V. Smith and the Book of Abraham Project. All rights reserved. Files in The Parallel Joseph may be read at this site, but may not be copied to reside anywhere else. They may not be printed or distributed in any manner without written permission of the copyright holder.