When I went to visit Joseph in Harmony, I told him about the vision I had received. Joseph told me that Moroni had visited him with the same message. In order to be obedient, Joseph made a copy of some of the characters including a partial translation with the intent that they would be taken to the most learned men of the day to see if they would verify the translation. I was also to ask them if
they understood the untranslated
portion.1
 
     
  Joseph and Martin were told that the prophecy of Isaiah had to be fulfilled before the translation could be completed. In Isaiah 29:10-14 (between 740-720 B.C.), Isaiah had been shown the discovery and translation of My records. Isaiah recorded the event for the benefit of future generations so that they might see that God ‛s prophecies are being fulfilled.2  
     
  Book
of
Mormon
 
 
     
  Isaiah 29 : 10-14
(11): And . . . the words of a book that is sealed, which men deliver to one that is learned, saying, “ Read this I pray thee ”: And he saith, “ I cannot ; for it is sealed ; ”
 

 

1 James ; “ The Man Who Knew, ” Pgs 116-117, 139 2 Ibid

 

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