Some of My Favorite Mormon History Stories
of Latter Day Saints and Church Leaders


Joseph Can't Translate While Angry with Emma

Martin Harris Tests Joseph's Translating Gift

The 3 Witnesses See the Golden Plates

Oliver Cowdery Testifies of Plates in Court

Sydney Rigdon's Final Confession to His Son

Joseph Fulfills Newell Whitney's Vision

Hostile Police Constables Befriend Joseph Smith

Lucy Mack Smith Confronts Rude Minister

Joseph Smith Predicts Stars Would Fall

John Taylor Defends Joseph to Parley Pratt

General Doniphan Saves Joseph Smith's Life

Joseph Rebukes Obscene Jail Guards

Joseph's Prophecy of Preaching in Jackson County

Alexander McRae Tells of Life In Liberty Jail

Turley Challenges John Whitmer's Testimony

Apostles Fulfill Joseph's Far West Prophecy

Joseph's Reaction to Giving Temple Ordinances to the Apostles

Joseph Smith's Rocky Mountain Prophecies

Willard Richard's 2 Minutes in Carthage Jail

Prophecy of Willard Richard Surviving Carthage

Vilate Kimball's Vision of Plural Marriage

Alfred Young's Vision of Celestial Kingdom

Benjamin Brown's Conversion, Miracles and Visions

Pioneer Testifies of Angels Pushing Handcarts

The Miracles of Mary Fielding Smith

Thomas and Mary Thomas' Trials of Faith

Brigham Young's Visions of Joseph Smith

Brigham Young's Vision of Temples

Josiah Quincy Goes to Nauvoo, Meets Joseph Smith

Tolstoy on Mormonism's Future

Members Write of Miracles in Kirtland Temple

Logan Temple President Meets Satan

Lorenzo Snow Sees Jesus in the Salt Lake Temple

LDS Apostles Attacked by Devils

Wilford Woodruff's Vision of Joseph Smith

Wilford Woodruff Revelation on Sugar Industry

Spencer Kimball Helps Pregnant Mother in Airport

Spencer Kimball Calls New Patriarch

Spencer Kimball Corrects Profane Orderly

Spencer Kimball Declares His Priesthood Keys

Girl Teaches Articles of Faith to Man on Bus


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Joseph Smith was Unable to Translate the Golden Plates When There was Contention with Emma

David Whitmer explains how Joseph had to be humble, contrite, free of contention and in tune with the Holy Ghost for the translators to work.

"He [Joseph Smith] was a religious and straightforward man. He had to be; for he was illiterate and he could do nothing of himself. He had to trust in God. He could not translate unless he was humble and possessed the right feelings towards everyone. To illustrate so you can see. One morning when he was getting ready to continue the translation, something went wrong about the house and he was put out about it. Something that Emma, his wife, had done. Oliver and I went up stairs and Joseph came up soon after to continue the translation, but he could not do anything. He could not translate a single syllable. He went down stairs, out into the orchard, and made supplication to the Lord; was gone about an hour--came back to the house, asked Emma's forgiveness and then came up stairs where we were and then the translation went on all right. He could do nothing save he was humble and faithful."

"At times when Brother Joseph would attempt to translate he would look into the hat in which the stone was placed, he found he was spiritually blind and could not translate. He told us that his mind dwelt too much on earthly things, and various causes would make him incapable of proceeding with the translation. When in this condition he would go out and pray, and when he became sufficiently humble before God, he could then proceed with the translation. Now we see how very strict the Lord is, and how he requires the heart of man to be just right in his sight before he can receive revelation from him."


Sources:
David Whitmer, "Address to All Believers in Christ", March 19, 1881
David Whitmer statement to Wm. H. Kelley, G. A. Blakeslee, of Gallen, Michigan, September 15th, 1882
Braden and Kelley Debate on Divine Origin of Book of Mormon, p, 186. 1884
B. H. Roberts, "Defense of the Faith and the Saints", Vol.1,

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