“You also lost your gift at the same time, and your mind became darkened. Nevertheless, it is now restored unto you again; therefore see that you are faithful and continue on unto the finishing of the remainder of the work of translation as you have begun. Do not run faster or labor more than you have strength and means provided to enable you to translate; but be diligent unto the end.” —Doctrine & Covenants 10:2-4
“My dear brothers and sisters, do we realize the profound miracle that is the translation of the Book of Mormon? The conditions under which Joseph translated were less than ideal. His life was threatened and mobs tried to rob him of the plates, requiring him to hide the ancient records and often move them from place to place. Joseph had little formal education, perhaps no more than three years of elementary school. et, once Joseph was free to dedicate his entire effort to translation, the work surged forward and he translated eight to ten pages a day, completing the preponderance of the Book of Mormon translation in approximately sixty-three working days.” —Robert K. Dellenback
This Day in LDS History
1829: Joseph Smith recommences his translation of the Book of Mormon with Oliver Cowdery as his newly appointed scribe. Martin Harris had lost virtually everything that Joseph had previously translated.
1844: During what would be his last general conference, Joseph Smith delivers the King Follett discourse, declaring that man has an immortal soul and can become like God and that the greatest responsibility resting on the Saints is to seek after their dead.
1889: Wilford Woodruff is sustained as the fourth President of the Church, with George Q. Cannon and Joseph F. Smith as counselors.
1996: President Gordon B. Hinckley is featured in an interview with Mike Wallace on 60 Minutes on U.S. national television.