John Whitmer, History, 1831–circa 1847

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and Zion be redeemed to the Joy and satis faction of the poor suffering saints.
The mob of proposed to sell  to us, or buy our possessions in a manner  that they knew that we could not comply with  if we were ever so willing, which served to  blind the mind of those who had heretofore  said nothing, but now advised us to comply  because they thought we had better have somethng  than nothing for our possessions.
The now arrivd at , where the enemy desired to head them  being lead by Priests &c. But God interposed  and sent a storm of Thunder lightning and  rain at an astonishing rate. Which stoped  our enemies in consequence of the flood of  water which swelled the and made it  impassable. Joseph the Seer had frequent ly exhorted the saint[s] on their way up that if  they would not heed his words the Lord would  scourge them. The Cholera broke out in the  camp an[d] several died with it to the grief  and sorrow of the brethren—and lamentation  of their wives and families. The Camp im mediately scattered in the Counties of and  . some returned immediately, while others  tarried.
Received a revelation that it was not  wisdom to go to at this time  and that the armi[e]s of Israil should become  very great and terrable first, and the Servants  of the Lord been <en>dowed with power from on  high previous to the Redemption of Zion.
Thus our fond hopes of being redeemed at this [p. 67]
and Zion be redeemed to the Joy and satisfaction of the poor suffering saints.
The mob of proposed to sell to us, or buy our possessions in a manner that they knew that we could not comply with if we were ever so willing, which served to blind the mind of those who had heretofore said nothing, but now advised us to comply because they thought we had better have somethng than nothing for our possessions.
The now arrivd at , where the enemy desired to head them being lead by Priests &c. But God interposed and sent a storm of Thunder lightning and rain at an astonishing rate. Which stoped our enemies in consequence of the flood of water which swelled the and made it impassable. Joseph the Seer had frequently exhorted the saints on their way up that if they would not heed his words the Lord would scourge them. The Cholera broke out in the camp and several died with it to the grief and sorrow of the brethren—and lamentation of their wives and families. The Camp immediately scattered in the Counties of and . some returned immediately, while others tarried.
Received a revelation that it was not wisdom to go to at this time and that the armies of Israil should become very great and terrable first, and the Servants of the Lord been endowed with power from on high previous to the Redemption of Zion.
Thus our fond hopes of being redeemed at this [p. 67]
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