Journal, December 1841–December 1842

  • Source Note
  • Historical Introduction
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am determined to prove faithful, untill God calls me to resign up my breath.  O, thou who seeeth, and knoweth the hearts of all men; thou eternal, omnipotent,  omnicient, and omnipresent Jehovah, God; thou Eloheem, that sitteth, as sayeth  the psalmist, enthroned in heaven; look down upon thy servant Joseph, at  this time; and let faith on the name of thy Son Jesus Christ, to a greater  degree than thy servant ever yet has enjoyed, be conferred upon him; even  the faith of Elijah; and let the Lamp of eternal life, be lit up in his  heart, never to be taken away; and let the words of eternal life, be poured  upon the soul of thy servant; that he may know thy will, thy statutes, and  thy commandments, and thy judgements to do them. As the dews upon  Mount Hermon may the distillations of thy divine grace, glory and honor  in the plenitude of thy mercy, and power and goodness be poured down  upon the head of thy servant. O Lord God, my heavenly Father, shall  it be in vain, that thy servant must needs be exiled from the  midst of his friends; or be dragged from their bosoms, to clank in cold  and iron chains; to be thrust within the dreary prison walls; to spend  days of sorrow, and of grief and misery their [there], by the hand of an  infuriated, insensed and infatuated foe; to glut their infernal  and insatiable desire upon innocent blood; and for no other  cause on the part of thy servant, than for the defence of innocence,  and thou a just God will not hear his cry? O, no, thou wilt hear  me; a child of woe, pertaining to this mortal life; because of  sufferings here, but not for condemnation that shall come upon  him in eternity; for thou knowest O God, the integrity of his heart.  Thou hearest me, and I knew that thou wouldst hear me, and  mine enemies shall not prevail; they all shall melt like wax  before thy face; and as the mighty floods, and waters roar; so shall  or as the billowing earth-quake’s, devouring gulf; or rolling Thunders  loudest peal; or vivid, forked lightnings flash; or sound of the  Arch-Angels trump; or voice of the Eternal God, shall the souls of  my enemies be made to feel in an instant, suddenly; and shall  be taken, and ensnared; and fall back-wards, and stumble in the ditch  they have dug for my feet, and the feet of my friends; and perish  in their own infamy and shame,— be thrust down to an eternal hell,  for their murderous and hellish deeds.”
After writing so much president  Joseph left off speaking for the present but will continue the subject again.  He had a very pleasant visit from and ,  who were evidently highly gratified to find him in good spirits and in  good health notwithstanding his confinement and lack of exercise. After  visiting awhile and hearing read some parts of the Book of the Law of the Lord  they departed rejoicing in the blessing and favor of the Almighty.—
In the P.M. president Joseph received a few lines from  informing him that she would expect him home this evening believing that  she could take care of him better at home than elsewhere. Accordingly soon  after dark he started for home and arrived safe without being noticed  by any person. All is quiet in the .
. Clerk. [p. 181]
am determined to prove faithful, untill God calls me to resign up my breath. O, thou who seeeth, and knoweth the hearts of all men; thou eternal, omnipotent, omnicient, and omnipresent Jehovah, God; thou Eloheem, that sitteth, as sayeth the psalmist, enthroned in heaven; look down upon thy servant Joseph, at this time; and let faith on the name of thy Son Jesus Christ, to a greater degree than thy servant ever yet has enjoyed, be conferred upon him; even the faith of Elijah; and let the Lamp of eternal life, be lit up in his heart, never to be taken away; and let the words of eternal life, be poured upon the soul of thy servant; that he may know thy will, thy statutes, and thy commandments, and thy judgements to do them. As the dews upon Mount Hermon may the distillations of thy divine grace, glory and honor in the plenitude of thy mercy, and power and goodness be poured down upon the head of thy servant. O Lord God, my heavenly Father, shall it be in vain, that thy servant must needs be exiled from the midst of his friends; or be dragged from their bosoms, to clank in cold and iron chains; to be thrust within the dreary prison walls; to spend days of sorrow, and of grief and misery their [there], by the hand of an infuriated, insensed and infatuated foe; to glut their infernal and insatiable desire upon innocent blood; and for no other cause on the part of thy servant, than for the defence of innocence, and thou a just God will not hear his cry? O, no, thou wilt hear me; a child of woe, pertaining to this mortal life; because of sufferings here, but not for condemnation that shall come upon him in eternity; for thou knowest O God, the integrity of his heart. Thou hearest me, and I knew that thou wouldst hear me, and mine enemies shall not prevail; they all shall melt like wax before thy face; and as the mighty floods, and waters roar; or as the billowing earth-quake’s, devouring gulf; or rolling Thunders loudest peal; or vivid, forked lightnings flash; or sound of the Arch-Angels trump; or voice of the Eternal God, shall the souls of my enemies be made to feel in an instant, suddenly; and shall be taken, and ensnared; and fall back-wards, and stumble in the ditch they have dug for my feet, and the feet of my friends; and perish in their own infamy and shame,— be thrust down to an eternal hell, for their murderous and hellish deeds.”
After writing so much president Joseph left off speaking for the present but will continue the subject again. He had a very pleasant visit from and , who were evidently highly gratified to find him in good spirits and in good health notwithstanding his confinement and lack of exercise. After visiting awhile and hearing read some parts of the Book of the Law of the Lord they departed rejoicing in the blessing and favor of the Almighty.—
In the P.M. president Joseph received a few lines from informing him that she would expect him home this evening believing that she could take care of him better at home than elsewhere. Accordingly soon after dark he started for home and arrived safe without being noticed by any person. All is quiet in the .
. Clerk. [p. 181]
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