Journal, December 1841–December 1842

  • Source Note
  • Historical Introduction
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and Law; I love the God of Abraham and of Isaac and of Jacob, and they  are my brethren, and I shall live; and because I live, they shall live also.  These are not the only ones, who have administered to my necessity; whom the  Lord will bless. There is brother , and brother ,  and brother , and brother , my heart feels  to reciprocate the unweried kindnesses that have been bestowed upon me  by these men. They are men of noble stature, of noble hands, and of noble  deeds; possessing noble and daring, and giant hearts and souls. There is  brother also, I would call up in remembrance before  the Lord. There is brother , a natural brother; he is,  even as . There is brother also, who married  my youngest sister, . He is a faithful, an honest, and an upright  man. While I call up in remembrance before the Lord these men, I would  be doing injustice to those who rowed me in the skiff up the river  that night, after I parted with the lovely group; who brought me to  this my safe and lonely and private retreat; brother  and the other whose name I do not know. Many were the thoughts  that swelled my aching heart, while they were toiling faithfully with  their oars. The<y> complained not at hardship and fatigue to secure  my safety. My heart would have been harder than an adamantine  stone, if I had not have prayed for them, with anxious and fervent  desire. I did so, and the still small voice whispered to my soul,  these that share your toils with such faithful hearts, shall reigne  with you in the kingdom of their God; but I parted with them in  silence and came to my retreat. I hope I shall see them again that  I may toil for them and administer to their comfort also. They  shall not want a friend while I live. My heart shall love those;  and my hands shall toil for those, who love and toil for me, and  shall ever be found faithful to my friends. Shall I be ungrateful?  verily no! God forbid![”]
The above are the words, and sentiments, that  escaped the lips of President Joseph Smith on this the 16th. day of  August A.D 1842, in relation to his friends; and has now quit  speaking for the moment, but will continue the subject again.
, Clerk.

17 August 1842 • Wednesday

Wednesday 17th.— This day president Joseph and went out into the woods for exercise and  were accidently discovered by a young man. Various questions were asked him concerning  the public feeling, and situation of matters around to all which he answered promptly  On being requested not to make it known where they were, he promised faithfully he  would not and said time would tell wether he did or no.
several rumors were afloat in the , intimating that president Smiths retreat  had been discovered, and that it was no longer safe for him to remain at . consequently went to see him at night and informed him  of the report. It was considered wisdom that he should remove immediately  and accordingly he departed in company with and and  went to s who lives on the North East part of the . Here they  were kindly recieved and wel-treated. [p. 165]
and Law; I love the God of Abraham and of Isaac and of Jacob, and they are my brethren, and I shall live; and because I live, they shall live also. These are not the only ones, who have administered to my necessity; whom the Lord will bless. There is brother , and brother , and brother , and brother , my heart feels to reciprocate the unweried kindnesses that have been bestowed upon me by these men. They are men of noble stature, of noble hands, and of noble deeds; possessing noble and daring, and giant hearts and souls. There is brother also, I would call up in remembrance before the Lord. There is brother , a natural brother; he is, even as . There is brother also, who married my youngest sister, . He is a faithful, an honest, and an upright man. While I call up in remembrance before the Lord these men, I would be doing injustice to those who rowed me in the skiff up the river that night, after I parted with the lovely group; who brought me to this my safe and lonely and private retreat; brother and the other whose name I do not know. Many were the thoughts that swelled my aching heart, while they were toiling faithfully with their oars. They complained not at hardship and fatigue to secure my safety. My heart would have been harder than an adamantine stone, if I had not have prayed for them, with anxious and fervent desire. I did so, and the still small voice whispered to my soul, these that share your toils with such faithful hearts, shall reigne with you in the kingdom of their God; but I parted with them in silence and came to my retreat. I hope I shall see them again that I may toil for them and administer to their comfort also. They shall not want a friend while I live. My heart shall love those; and my hands shall toil for those, who love and toil for me, and shall ever be found faithful to my friends. Shall I be ungrateful? verily no! God forbid!”
The above are the words, and sentiments, that escaped the lips of President Joseph Smith on this the 16th. day of August A.D 1842, in relation to his friends; and has now quit speaking for the moment, but will continue the subject again.
, Clerk.

17 August 1842 • Wednesday

Wednesday 17th.— This day president Joseph and went out into the woods for exercise and were accidently discovered by a young man. Various questions were asked him concerning the public feeling, and situation of matters around to all which he answered promptly On being requested not to make it known where they were, he promised faithfully he would not and said time would tell wether he did or no.
several rumors were afloat in the , intimating that president Smiths retreat had been discovered, and that it was no longer safe for him to remain at . consequently went to see him at night and informed him of the report. It was considered wisdom that he should remove immediately and accordingly he departed in company with and and went to s who lives on the North East part of the . Here they were kindly recieved and wel-treated. [p. 165]
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