Journal, December 1841–December 1842

  • Source Note
  • Historical Introduction
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tens, hundreds and thousands to fight for you. If oppression comes I will  then shew them that there is a Moses and a Joshua amongst us; and I  will fight them if they dont take off oppression from me, I will do as I have  done this time, I will run into the woods. I will fight them in my own  way. I will send to call conferences every where through-out  the , and let documents be taken along and show to the world the  corrupt and oppressive <conduct> of . and others, that the public may  have the truth laid before them. Let the Twelve send all who will  support the character of the Prophet— the Lords anointed. And if all who  go will support my character I prophecy in the name of the Lord Jesus  whose servant I am, that you will prosper in your missions. I have  the whole plan of the kingdom before me, and no other person has. And as  to all that , or can do to prevent  me I can kick them off my heels, as many as you can name, I know  what will become of them”. He concluded his remarks by saying “I have  the best of feelings towards my brethren since this last trouble began, but  to the apostates and enemies I will give a lashing every oppertunity and I  will curse them.”
During the whole of this address the feelings of the  brethren was indiscribable and the greatest joy and good feeling imaginable  was manifest. set behind president Joseph all the time  he was speaking. He looked serious and dejected, but did not betray the  least signs of compunction or repentance.
About Three hundred and eighty of the brethren volunteered to go out  immediately and it is probable they will nearly all be gone in two weeks

30 August 1842 • Tuesday

Tuesday 30th. At home all day—

31 August 1842 • Wednesday

Wednesday 31st. At home in the A.M. In the P.M rode up to the with  to attend the Female Relief Society’s meeting.—

1 September 1842 • Thursday

September Thursday 1st. In the A.M. in the large room over the , P.M. at home attending to  business.

2 September 1842 • Friday

Friday 2nd. Spent the day at home. In the P.M. a report came to the effect the that  the Sheriff with an armed force, was on his way to .

3 September 1842 • Saturday

Saturday 3rd. In the A.M. at home in company with . A letter was received from   to the effect that the Missourians were again on the move  and that two requisitions were issued, one on the of the this and the other  on the of . There movements were represented as being very secret  and resolute. Soon after 12 o clock the Deputy Sheriff and two other  men came into the house. It appeared that they had come up the side  and hitched their horses below the and then proceeded on foot,  undiscovered untill they got into the house. When they arrived president Joseph  was in another apartment of the house eating dinner with his family.   happened to be the first person discovered by the Sheriffs and they  began to ask him where Mr Smith was. He answered that he saw him [p. 184]
tens, hundreds and thousands to fight for you. If oppression comes I will then shew them that there is a Moses and a Joshua amongst us; and I will fight them if they dont take off oppression from me, I will do as I have done this time, I will run into the woods. I will fight them in my own way. I will send to call conferences every where through-out the , and let documents be taken along and show to the world the corrupt and oppressive conduct of . and others, that the public may have the truth laid before them. Let the Twelve send all who will support the character of the Prophet— the Lords anointed. And if all who go will support my character I prophecy in the name of the Lord Jesus whose servant I am, that you will prosper in your missions. I have the whole plan of the kingdom before me, and no other person has. And as to all that , or can do to prevent me I can kick them off my heels, as many as you can name, I know what will become of them”. He concluded his remarks by saying “I have the best of feelings towards my brethren since this last trouble began, but to the apostates and enemies I will give a lashing every oppertunity and I will curse them.”
During the whole of this address the feelings of the brethren was indiscribable and the greatest joy and good feeling imaginable was manifest. set behind president Joseph all the time he was speaking. He looked serious and dejected, but did not betray the least signs of compunction or repentance.
About Three hundred and eighty of the brethren volunteered to go out immediately and it is probable they will nearly all be gone in two weeks

30 August 1842 • Tuesday

Tuesday 30th. At home all day—

31 August 1842 • Wednesday

Wednesday 31st. At home in the A.M. In the P.M rode up to the with to attend the Female Relief Society’s meeting.—

1 September 1842 • Thursday

September Thursday 1st. In the A.M. in the large room over the , P.M. at home attending to business.

2 September 1842 • Friday

Friday 2nd. Spent the day at home. In the P.M. a report came to the effect that the Sheriff with an armed force, was on his way to .

3 September 1842 • Saturday

Saturday 3rd. In the A.M. at home in company with . A letter was received from to the effect that the Missourians were again on the move and that two requisitions were issued, one on the of this and the other on the of . There movements were represented as being very secret and resolute. Soon after 12 o clock the Deputy Sheriff and two other men came into the house. It appeared that they had come up the side and hitched their horses below the and then proceeded on foot, undiscovered untill they got into the house. When they arrived president Joseph was in another apartment of the house eating dinner with his family. happened to be the first person discovered by the Sheriffs and they began to ask him where Mr Smith was. He answered that he saw him [p. 184]
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