Letter from Joseph Bosworth, 17 February 1834

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taken of to View an other Sight which then presented itself to my view— I now Saw— two armies one from the north and the other from the South parraded in two Strait Lines faceing Each other near together Extending from East to wist as <I> thought through the hole Earth all mounted on horses Equipt with arms of warfare in the highist pomp all Standing Still prepared for a most tremendious battle—. I Saw no fighting Except one Exchange of Shots by a few men Verry far in the west So far that I could not here the report of guns but Saw the motion and the Smoke of burning powder I Stood on the groun[d] with Some of my Breathren where this great Light Shone So bright not armed our Selves in this battle nor was I the Least Intimidated Brother Stood by and Said Br Joseph a I am <not> a <not> fraid on which I asked him if [he] Saw the Smoke in the west
thus the Scene closed and <I> Came out of my Vision— I then arose out of bed put on my cloth[e]s Left my house and went to my usual Lonely place of Secret prayer— and there prostrating my boddy and face to the Dust gave thanks to God for the things which he had Shown to me and prayed to God in the name of Jesus Christ if it was Consistant for me to know the interpetation or any part of it that it might be given to me.
I then returned to my house and Soon retired to rest again it being about the 12th hour of the night— on which I all most immediately had the following revalation or Vision as an interpetation of the first
Vision Second
first I Saw my self in Various parts and in in Differant Congregations of men and Woman many of which I Knew— Laboring with great Diligence in the word of God and proclaiming the things which I had Seen in a Vision of the two Lights and the Great armies of horse men. Many times relating all the particualars with Great Candor— on which Some believed and Some persecuted me most unsufferably [p. [2]]
taken of to View an other Sight which then presented itself to my view— I now Saw— two armies one from the north and the other from the South parraded in two Strait Lines faceing Each other near together Extending from East to wist as I thought through the hole Earth all mounted on horses Equipt with arms of warfare in the highist pomp all Standing Still prepared for a most tremendious battle—. I Saw no fighting Except one Exchange of Shots by a few men Verry far in the west So far that I could not here the report of guns but Saw the motion and the Smoke of burning powder I Stood on the ground with Some of my Breathren where this great Light Shone So bright not armed our Selves in this battle nor was I the Least Intimidated Brother Stood by and Said Br Joseph I am not a fraid on which I asked him if he Saw the Smoke in the west
thus the Scene closed and I Came out of my Vision— I then arose out of bed put on my clothes Left my house and went to my usual Lonely place of Secret prayer— and there prostrating my boddy and face to the Dust gave thanks to God for the things which he had Shown to me and prayed to God in the name of Jesus Christ if it was Consistant for me to know the interpetation or any part of it that it might be given to me.
I then returned to my house and Soon retired to rest again it being about the 12th hour of the night— on which I all most immediately had the following revalation or Vision as an interpetation of the first
Vision Second
first I Saw my self in Various parts and in in Differant Congregations of men and Woman many of which I Knew— Laboring with great Diligence in the word of God and proclaiming the things which I had Seen in a Vision of the two Lights and the Great armies of horse men. Many times relating all the particualars with Great Candor— on which Some believed and Some persecuted me most unsufferably [p. [2]]
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