History, 1838–1856, volume C-1 [2 November 1838–31 July 1842]

  • Source Note
  • Historical Introduction
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<June 23. 1842> stolen this opportunity. I therefore subscribe myself in haste, your most obedient brother in  the fulness of the Gospel— Joseph Smith. P.S. having been with me  for a long time can give you any information which you need and will tell you all about me.  I shall be very anxious for his return, he is a great prop to me in my labors. (see page 1346)

Addenda • 26 April 1839, first of two entries

<April 26. 1839— Page 931.> Son of and Clarissa Smith, was born, June 26. 1817 in  St. Lawrence County, New York. When nine years old, he received a blow on the  head, which deprived him of his senses about three weeks; five noted physicians  decided that he must be trepanned or he would not recover; his father dismissed  them on this decision, believing that God would heal his Son, and he firmly believes  that He did heal him, in answer to the prayer of faith. He was early trained  by his parents, who were Presbyterians, to religious habits, and to a regular attendance  in the Sabbath School; hence he had early and anxious desires to know the way of  life, but was not satisfied with the sects around. In the Summer of 1830, when  my , and my brother , visited our relatives in ,   became convinced of the truth of the Book of Mormon, and from that time  defended the cause against those who opposed it. His Mother was baptized in  August 1831; his was baptized on the 9th. of January 1832. and ordained an  Elder, having been given up by the doctors to die of consumption; the weather was  extremely cold and the ice had to be cut; from that time he gained health and  strength; was baptized on the 10th. of September 1832, and on the first of May  1833, his and family took leave of their old home, and removed to , Ohio;   spent the season in laboring on the , altho’ much afflicted with  inflamation in the eyes. On the 5th. of May 1834 he started for in the  and acted his part well as my armor bearer, altho’ still much afflicted with sore eyes.  On the 28th. he was attacked by the Cholera, but was delivered by faith. He was ordained  into the first Seventy, under my hands, on the first of March 1835 being 17 years old.  He left on the 5th of June, in company with , for the State of  to preach the gospel without purse or scrip; travelled 2000 miles, baptised 8, held 80  meetings, and returned on the 2nd. of November— Spent the winter in school, much  afflicted with rheumatism. In the Spring, Summer, and Fall of 1836 preached in  different parts of with good success; returned and went to School in the winter—  On the 6th. of June 1837, he took leave of me and started with my blessing for the South:  after a successful mission of 10 months, mostly in , returned and assisted his   in moving to , Missouri— He was ordained a High Counsellor at  , and sent on a Mission to the South, returned about the 25th.  of December. He visited me while I was in Liberty Jail, when I made known to him,  that he was appointed to fill the place of in the Quorum of the  Twelve Apostles— He assisted in moving the Saints out of , and returned  with the Twelve to fulfil the revelation concerning the foundation stone of the  at — see page 931. [p. 7 [addenda]]
June 23. 1842 stolen this opportunity. I therefore subscribe myself in haste, your most obedient brother in the fulness of the Gospel— Joseph Smith. P.S. having been with me for a long time can give you any information which you need and will tell you all about me. I shall be very anxious for his return, he is a great prop to me in my labors. (see page 1346)

Addenda • 26 April 1839, first of two entries

April 26. 1839— Page 931. Son of and Clarissa Smith, was born, June 26. 1817 in St. Lawrence County, New York. When nine years old, he received a blow on the head, which deprived him of his senses about three weeks; five noted physicians decided that he must be trepanned or he would not recover; his father dismissed them on this decision, believing that God would heal his Son, and he firmly believes that He did heal him, in answer to the prayer of faith. He was early trained by his parents, who were Presbyterians, to religious habits, and to a regular attendance in the Sabbath School; hence he had early and anxious desires to know the way of life, but was not satisfied with the sects around. In the Summer of 1830, when my , and my brother , visited our relatives in , became convinced of the truth of the Book of Mormon, and from that time defended the cause against those who opposed it. His Mother was baptized in August 1831; his was baptized on the 9th. of January 1832. and ordained an Elder, having been given up by the doctors to die of consumption; the weather was extremely cold and the ice had to be cut; from that time he gained health and strength; was baptized on the 10th. of September 1832, and on the first of May 1833, his and family took leave of their old home, and removed to , Ohio; spent the season in laboring on the , altho’ much afflicted with inflamation in the eyes. On the 5th. of May 1834 he started for in the and acted his part well as my armor bearer, altho’ still much afflicted with sore eyes. On the 28th. he was attacked by the Cholera, but was delivered by faith. He was ordained into the first Seventy, under my hands, on the first of March 1835 being 17 years old. He left on the 5th of June, in company with , for the State of to preach the gospel without purse or scrip; travelled 2000 miles, baptised 8, held 80 meetings, and returned on the 2nd. of November— Spent the winter in school, much afflicted with rheumatism. In the Spring, Summer, and Fall of 1836 preached in different parts of with good success; returned and went to School in the winter— On the 6th. of June 1837, he took leave of me and started with my blessing for the South: after a successful mission of 10 months, mostly in , returned and assisted his in moving to , Missouri— He was ordained a High Counsellor at , and sent on a Mission to the South, returned about the 25th. of December. He visited me while I was in Liberty Jail, when I made known to him, that he was appointed to fill the place of in the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles— He assisted in moving the Saints out of , and returned with the Twelve to fulfil the revelation concerning the foundation stone of the at — see page 931. [p. 7 [addenda]]
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