History, 1838–1856, volume D-1 [1 August 1842–1 July 1843]

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<August 20> ——, and received the oath of Office; was Elected Regent of the University in place of deceased. [HC 5:120]
21 August 1842 • Sunday
<21> Sunday 21. I continued in the Assembly Room
“This day went to the meeting near the and stated to the Congregation that he was not upon the Stand to renounce his faith in Mormonism, as had been variously stated by enemies and licentious presses, but appeared to bear his testimony of its truth, and add another to the many miraculous evidences of the power of God; neither did he rise to deliver any regular discourse, but to unfold to the audience a scene of deep interest which had occurred in his own family. He had witnessed many instances of the power of God in this Church, but never before had he seen the dead raised, yet this was a thing that had actually taken place in his own family. His daughter Eliza was dead; the doctor told him that she was gone, when, after a considerable length of time she rose up in the bed and spoke in a very powerful tone to the following effect in a supernatural manner: she said to the family that she was going to leave them (being impressed with the idea herself that she had only come back to deliver her message and then depart again,) saying the Lord had said to her the very words she should relate; and so particular was she in her relation, that she would not suffer any person to leave out a word or add one. She called the family around her and bade them all farewell with a composure and calmness that defies all description, still impressed with the idea that she was to go back. Up to the time of her death she expressed a great unwillingness to die, but after her return she expressed equally as strong a desire to go back. She said to her elder Sister, , it is in your heart to deny this work, and if you do, the Lord says it will be the damnation of your soul. In speaking to her sister Sarah she said, Sarah, we have but once to die, and I would rather die now than wait for another time. She said to her Sisters that the Lord had great blessings in store for them if [HC 5:121] they continued in the faith, and after delivering her message she swooned, but recovered again. During this time she was cold as <she will be> when laid in the grave, and all the appearance of life was the power of speech. She thus continued till the following evening, for the space of thirty six hours, when she called her unto her bed and said to him, that the Lord had said to her, if he would cease weeping for his sick daughter, and dry up his tears that he should have all the desires of his heart; and that if he would go to bed and rest, he should be comforted over his sick daughter, for in the morning she should be getting better and should get well. That the Lord had said unto her, because that her had dedicated her to God, and prayed to him for her, that he would <restore> her back <to him> again.— This ceremony of dedicating and praying took place when she was struggling in death, and continued to the very moment of her departure; and she says the Lord told her, that it was because of this that she must go back <to her > again, though she herself desired to stay.
She said concerning , as he had denied the faith, the Lord had taken away one of his eye teeth, and unless he repented, he would take away another. And concerning , that he was a wicked man, and that the Lord would tread him under his feet. Such is a small portion of what she related.
observed that there had been many idle tales and reports abroad concerning him, stating that he had denied the faith, but he would take the—— [p. 1380]
August 20 ——, and received the oath of Office; was Elected Regent of the University in place of deceased. [HC 5:120]
21 August 1842 • Sunday
21 Sunday 21. I continued in the Assembly Room
“This day went to the meeting near the and stated to the Congregation that he was not upon the Stand to renounce his faith in Mormonism, as had been variously stated by enemies and licentious presses, but appeared to bear his testimony of its truth, and add another to the many miraculous evidences of the power of God; neither did he rise to deliver any regular discourse, but to unfold to the audience a scene of deep interest which had occurred in his own family. He had witnessed many instances of the power of God in this Church, but never before had he seen the dead raised, yet this was a thing that had actually taken place in his own family. His daughter Eliza was dead; the doctor told him that she was gone, when, after a considerable length of time she rose up in the bed and spoke in a very powerful tone to the following effect in a supernatural manner: she said to the family that she was going to leave them (being impressed with the idea herself that she had only come back to deliver her message and then depart again,) saying the Lord had said to her the very words she should relate; and so particular was she in her relation, that she would not suffer any person to leave out a word or add one. She called the family around her and bade them all farewell with a composure and calmness that defies all description, still impressed with the idea that she was to go back. Up to the time of her death she expressed a great unwillingness to die, but after her return she expressed equally as strong a desire to go back. She said to her elder Sister, , it is in your heart to deny this work, and if you do, the Lord says it will be the damnation of your soul. In speaking to her sister Sarah she said, Sarah, we have but once to die, and I would rather die now than wait for another time. She said to her Sisters that the Lord had great blessings in store for them if [HC 5:121] they continued in the faith, and after delivering her message she swooned, but recovered again. During this time she was cold as she will be when laid in the grave, and all the appearance of life was the power of speech. She thus continued till the following evening, for the space of thirty six hours, when she called her unto her bed and said to him, that the Lord had said to her, if he would cease weeping for his sick daughter, and dry up his tears that he should have all the desires of his heart; and that if he would go to bed and rest, he should be comforted over his sick daughter, for in the morning she should be getting better and should get well. That the Lord had said unto her, because that her had dedicated her to God, and prayed to him for her, that he would restore her back to him again.— This ceremony of dedicating and praying took place when she was struggling in death, and continued to the very moment of her departure; and she says the Lord told her, that it was because of this that she must go back to her again, though she herself desired to stay.
She said concerning , as he had denied the faith, the Lord had taken away one of his eye teeth, and unless he repented, he would take away another. And concerning , that he was a wicked man, and that the Lord would tread him under his feet. Such is a small portion of what she related.
observed that there had been many idle tales and reports abroad concerning him, stating that he had denied the faith, but he would take the—— [p. 1380]
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