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Joseph Smith History:
59 At length the time arrived for obtaining the plates...having gone as usual at the end of another year to the place where they were deposited, the same heavenly messenger delivered them up to me with this charge: that I should be responsible for them; that if I should let them go carelessly, or through any neglect of mine, I should be cut off...
60 ...For no sooner was it known that I had them, than the most strenuous exertions were used to get them from me... The persecution became more bitter and severe than before, and multitudes were on the alert continually to get them from me if possible. But by the wisdom of God, they remained safe in my hands, until I had accomplished by them what was required at my hand.