History, 1834–1836

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  • Historical Introduction
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with his heart raised in prayer to the Lord to give him  learning, especially a knowledge of languages, and en due him with qualifications, to magnify, and adore,  his great and exalted name. This evening he delivered  an address, to the church, the Lord blessed him with  utterance & power; and the saints were edified.— His  scribe being indisposed at this time, in consequence of  a cold, he prayed thus for him.— O may God heal  him, for his kindness to me, O my soul be thou gre atful to him, & bless him, and he shall be blessed of  God forever; I believe him to be a faithful friend of  mine, therefore my soul delighteth in him, Amen.
Joseph Smith Junr.
23 December 1835 • Wednesday
Wednesday 23d. He spent the fore noon at home, in studying  the Greek language, and in waiting upon brethren who  called to visit him;— in the afternoon, in company with   Eldr. , he called at Pres. ’[s]  to visit his relatives; but had not a very agreeable visit, for  he found them filled with prejudice against the work  of the Lord, and their minds blinded with superstit ion and ignorance.
24 December 1835 • Thursday
Thursday 24th. Spent the A.M. at home, in reading,  meditation, & prayer, in the P.M. he assisted in  laying out a road across his farm. The commis sioner who had been appointed by the court  superintended the same.
25 December 1835 • Friday
Friday 25th. Dec. This Christmas-day, he spent at home in  his family circle, and injoyed great satisfaction and  comfort, for which he blessed the name of the Lord of  Host’s; For the privilege of spending this day of the year,  in the bosom of his family; he had not enjoyed for  a long time before.
26 December 1835 • Saturday
Saturday 26th. To day in company with Pres.  & Eldr. , who were convened at his own house  he commenced regularly, & systematically, to study  the venerable Hebrew language; we had paid some  little attention to it before.— Eldr.  called and requested the word of the Lord, throug[h] his  servant Joseph, our author; he (,) said that he  had been wrought upon for a long time to make known [p. 163]
with his heart raised in prayer to the Lord to give him learning, especially a knowledge of languages, and endue him with qualifications, to magnify, and adore, his great and exalted name. This evening he delivered an address, to the church, the Lord blessed him with utterance & power; and the saints were edified.— His scribe being indisposed at this time, in consequence of a cold, he prayed thus for him.— O may God heal him, for his kindness to me, O my soul be thou greatful to him, & bless him, and he shall be blessed of God forever; I believe him to be a faithful friend of mine, therefore my soul delighteth in him, Amen.
Joseph Smith Junr.
23 December 1835 • Wednesday
Wednesday 23d. He spent the fore noon at home, in studying the Greek language, and in waiting upon brethren who called to visit him;— in the afternoon, in company with Eldr. , he called at Pres. ’s to visit his relatives; but had not a very agreeable visit, for he found them filled with prejudice against the work of the Lord, and their minds blinded with superstition and ignorance.
24 December 1835 • Thursday
Thursday 24th. Spent the A.M. at home, in reading, meditation, & prayer, in the P.M. he assisted in laying out a road across his farm. The commissioner who had been appointed by the court superintended the same.
25 December 1835 • Friday
Friday 25th. Dec. This Christmas-day, he spent at home in his family circle, and injoyed great satisfaction and comfort, for which he blessed the name of the Lord of Host’s; For the privilege of spending this day of the year, in the bosom of his family; he had not enjoyed for a long time before.
26 December 1835 • Saturday
Saturday 26th. To day in company with Pres. & Eldr. , who were convened at his own house he commenced regularly, & systematically, to study the venerable Hebrew language; we had paid some little attention to it before.— Eldr. called and requested the word of the Lord, through his servant Joseph, our author; he (,) said that he had been wrought upon for a long time to make known [p. 163]
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