Boast in God’s Strength
For although a man may have many revelations, and have power to do many mighty works, yet if he boasts in his own strength, and sets at naught the counsels of God, and follows after the dictates of his own will and carnal desires, he must fall and incur the vengeance of a just God upon him. (D. & C. 3:4)
After bringing home the plates, Joseph commenced working with his father and brothers on the farm, in order to be as near as possible to the treasure which was confided to his care. Soon after this, he came in from work, one afternoon, and after remaining a short time, he put on his great coat, and left the house. I was engaged at the time, in an upper room, in preparing some oilcloths for painting. When he returned, he requested me to come down-stairs. I told him that I could not leave my work just then, yet upon his urgent request, I finally concluded to go down and see what he wanted, upon which he handed me the breastplate spoken of in his history.
It was wrapped in a thin muslin handkerchief, so thin that I could see the glistening metal, and ascertain its proportions without any difficulty.
It was concave on one side and convex on the other, and extended from the neck downwards as far as the center of the stomach of a man of extraordinary size. It had four straps of the same material for the purpose of fastening it to the breast, two of which ran back to go over the shoulders, and the other two were designed to fasten to the hips. They were just the width of two of my fingers, (for I measured them,) and they had holes in the ends of them, to be convenient in fastening.
The whole plate was worth at least five hundred dollars. After I had examined it, Joseph placed it in the chest with the Urim and Thummim.
Joseph Smith, The Prophet And His Progenitors For Many Generations Chapter 24
by Lucy Smith (Mother Of The Prophet)
BREASTPLATE; SACRED GARMENTSAs the high-priest of old was inducted into office by various ceremonies and anointings, so is the Indian high priest by purification and by anointing. When the sacred garments are put on him, bear’s oil is poured on his head. The imitation of the ancient breast-plate is among the other priestly vestments. He appears in the rude temple, arrayed in white deer-skin garments. [p. 127, citing “Dr. Beatty” (i.e. Charles Beatty, The Journal of a Two Months’ Tour . . . London: Printed for William Davenhill and George Pearch, 1768)] It has frequently been stated, that these tribes have a tradition, that they were once, when in a far distant country, in possession of the good book which contains their old divine speech; which they hope to recover, and with which they hope to be happy at a future time. [p. 132] There are those who contend for the utter extirpation of the Indians. The belief that they are descended from the Ten Tribes must have a tendency to soften the minds of mankind towards them. This belief is gaining ground, and even among some of those who once violently contended against the belief. It is a sound truth that the Indians are descended from the Ten Tribes, and time and investigation will more and more enforce its acknowledgment. [p. 194] Mormon Parallels: A Bibliographic Source © 2014 Rick Grunder 1575