Lucy Mack Smith, History, 1844–1845

  • Source Note
  • Historical Introduction
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In the mean time Joseph was 150 miles distant and knew  naught of the matter e[x]cept an intimation that was given  through the urim and thumim for as he one morning applied  the<m> latter to his eyes to look upon the record instead of the  words of the book being given him he was commanded to  write a letter to one this man Joseph had  never seen but he was instructed to say him that he mu st come with his team immediately in order to convey Joseph  and his family <> back to his house which was 135 miles  that they might remain with him there untill the trans lation should be completed for that an evil designing  people were seeking to take away Joseph’s life in order  to prevent the work of God from going forth among the world  This was accordingly done and the letter received and showed it to his sisters and brothers  and asked their advice as to what it would be best for him  to do his said why know you have sow ed as much wheat as you can harrow in tomorrow and  next day and then you have a quantity of plaster to  spread that is much needed on your land and you  cannot go unless you get an evidence from God that  it is very necessary. This suggestion pleased and  he asked the Lord for a testimony of the fact if it was his  will that he should go he was told by the voice of the  spirit to (sow) <(har) inn his wheat> his wheat and then go straightway to  In the morning he went to the field and found that he had  2 heavy days work before him He then asked the lord to  enable him to do this work sooner than the same work  had ever been done on the farm before and he would  receive it as an evidence that it was the will of God  for him to engage in forwarding the work which was  begun by Joseph Smith. he then fastened his horses to  the harrow and drove round the whole field he continued  on till noon driving all the way round at every circuit  but when it came to be time to eat dinner he discov ered to his surprize that he had harrowed in full  half the wheat. after dinner he again went on as before  and by evening he finnished the whole 2 days work [p. [8], bk. 8]
In the mean time Joseph was 150 miles distant and knew naught of the matter except an intimation that was given through the urim and thumim for as he one morning applied them to his eyes to look upon the record instead of the words of the book being given him he was commanded to write a letter to one this man Joseph had never seen but he was instructed to say him that he must come with his team immediately in order to convey Joseph and his back to his house which was 135 miles that they might remain with him there untill the translation should be completed for that an evil designing people were seeking to take away Joseph’s life in order to prevent the work of God from going forth among the world This was accordingly done and the letter received and showed it to his sisters and brothers and asked their advice as to what it would be best for him to do his said why know you have sowed as much wheat as you can harrow in tomorrow and next day and then you have a quantity of plaster to spread that is much needed on your land and you cannot go unless you get an evidence from God that it is very necessary. This suggestion pleased and he asked the Lord for a testimony of the fact if it was his will that he should go he was told by the voice of the spirit to (sow) (har) inn his wheat his wheat and then go straightway to In the morning he went to the field and found that he had 2 heavy days work before him He then asked the lord to enable him to do this work sooner than the same work had ever been done on the farm before and he would receive it as an evidence that it was the will of God for him to engage in forwarding the work which was begun by Joseph Smith. he then fastened his horses to the harrow and drove round the whole field he continued on till noon driving all the way round at every circuit but when it came to be time to eat dinner he discovered to his surprize that he had harrowed in full half the wheat. after dinner he again went on as before and by evening he finnished the whole 2 days work [p. [8], bk. 8]
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