Lucy Mack Smith, History, 1844–1845

  • Source Note
  • Historical Introduction
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a citizen of the place where we had landed came into the boat and enquired what proffession was we were— I told him that we were mormons or latter day saints Ah! said he that is a denomination which I never heard of before. Do they ever preach? They do said <replied> I. Have you any preachers on board said he that would preach for us while you are stopping here— I told him that there were some elders our in our company and I would speak to them about the matter and then went immediatly to Brothers and to and asked them if they would preach that day the They were glad of an opportunity of addressing the People and gave out an appointment for meeting at one O.clock P.M.
We were grounded on the edge of a beautiful green where our congregation collected at the appointed hour of 100 persons we had a very pleasant meeting and our faint hearted brethren and sisters were much strengthend by The people were anxious to have us <the elders> preach again but the canal was repaired by 11 o’clock the next morning we proceeded on our journey. We arrived at on Friday about an hour and a half before sunset it was the 5th day from after we set out from Waterloo— Here we met the brethren from who had been detained <a week> here in this place as was customary in this season of the year to await for the opening of Navigation to open— and as and were directed to be in in april they went the remainder of the journey by land— I enquired of the brethren how long <if> they had if they told the people that they were Mormons They seemed surprized at the qu[e]stion and replied No by no Means and do not you do it for the World for if you <do> you will not get a boat nor a house and here you must stay or go back I told them I would let the people know exactly who I was and what I professed and if you said I are ashamed of christ you not be prospered as much as I Shall and we will get to before you [p. [6], bk. 11]
a citizen of the place where we had landed came into the boat and enquired what proffession we were— I told him that we were mormons or latter day saints Ah! said he that is a denomination which I never heard of before. Do they ever preach? They do replied I. Have you any preachers on board said he that would preach for us while you are stopping here— I told him that there were some elders in our company and I would speak to them about the matter and went immediatly to Brothers and and asked them if they would preach that day the They were glad of an opportunity of addressing the People and gave out an appointment for meeting at one O.clock P.M.
We were grounded on the edge of a beautiful green where our congregation collected at the appointed hour of 100 persons we had a very pleasant meeting and our faint hearted brethren and sisters were much strengthend The people were anxious to have the elders preach again but the canal was repaired by 11 o’clock the next morning we proceeded on our journey. We arrived at on Friday about an hour and a half before sunset it was the 5th day after we set out from Waterloo— Here we met the brethren from who had been detained a week in this place to await for Navigation to open— and as and were directed to be in in april they went the remainder of the journey by land— I enquired of the brethren if they told the people that they were Mormons They seemed surprized at the question and replied No by no Means and do not you do it for the World for if you do you will not get a boat nor a house and here you must stay or go back I told them I would let the people know exactly who I was and what I professed and if you said I are ashamed of christ you not be prospered as much as I Shall and we will get to before you [p. [6], bk. 11]
Page [6], bk. 11