Lucy Mack Smith, History, 1844–1845

  • Source Note
  • Historical Introduction
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of june our company consisted my Niece  and — When we went on board the boat we  held a consultation to Determine whether it was best to say  much concerning the gospel at first it was concluded that  that we should be entirely still as to religion but finally   said that might say what she was dis posed to and if a difficulty arose that the Elders should to  assist her out of it We had not been long on board  when as I was setting one day on at the door of the  cabin very much engaged reading the Book of M ormon a lady accosted me thus What book have  you madam you seem very much engaged The Book  of Mormon I replied— The Book of Mormon said she  what work is that I then gave her a brief history  of the coming forth of the work She seemed hig[h]ly  delighted I said that it was a record of the India ns Is it possible said she <exclaimed> why My Husband is a  Missionary out now among the Indians and I am  going to how I do wish that I could get a book  to carry him Just then a Lady <who was a Doctors wife> came up very near  us with the appearance of wishing to hear our conver sation She paced to and fro before us for some time and  carried carrying herself daintily I assure you she was sump tuously dressed and in seeming absence of mind she allow ed her rich scarf to fall from one shoulder and thus  displayed the Splendid decorations a neck and bosom  so splendidly decorated as almost to dazzel the eyes  after a while She turned sharply upon me saying  Now I do not want to hear any more about that stuff  or the anything about Joe Smith who they say he is a  Mormon prophet and it is nothing but deception and  lies— there was one Mr. Mored who believed  that th in Joe Smith’s Doctrine and the mormons all think  that he can cure the sick and can raise the dead  so when s wife was sick he refused to sen d for a doctor although the poor woman wanted him  to do so— and so by his neglect his wife died [p. [9], bk. 12]
of june our company consisted my Niece and — When we went on board the boat we held a consultation to Determine whether it was best to say much concerning the gospel at first it was concluded that we should be entirely still as to religion but finally said that might say what she was disposed to and if a difficulty arose the Elders should assist her out of it We had not been long on board when as I was setting one day at the door of the cabin very much engaged reading the Book of Mormon a lady accosted me thus What book have you madam you seem very much engaged The Book of Mormon I replied— The Book of Mormon said she what work is that I then gave her a brief history of the coming forth of the work She seemed highly delighted I said that it was a record of the Indians Is it possible she exclaimed why My Husband is a Missionary out now among the Indians and I am going to how I do wish that I could get a book to carry him Just then a Lady who was a Doctors wife came up very near us with the appearance of wishing to hear our conversation She paced to and fro before us for some time carrying herself daintily I assure you she was sumptuously dressed and in seeming absence of mind she allowed her rich scarf to fall from one shoulder and thus displayed a neck and bosom so splendidly decorated as almost to dazzel the eyes after a while She turned sharply upon me saying Now I do not want to hear any more about that stuff or anything about Joe Smith who they say he is a Mormon prophet and it is nothing but deception and lies— there was one who believed in Joe Smith’s Doctrine and the mormons all think that he can cure the sick and can raise the dead so when s wife was sick he refused to send for a doctor although the poor woman wanted him to do so— and so by his neglect his wife died [p. [9], bk. 12]
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