Lucy Mack Smith, History, 1844–1845

  • Source Note
  • Historical Introduction
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the house of another niece named Ruth Stanly wife of  [blank] Stanly and sister to Mrs Whitermore soon after  our arrival Mr Whitermore introduced me to Rev Mr  Ruggles who was the Pastor of the presbyterian church to  which Mr W belonged— And you said Mr Rugg les upon shaking hands with me are the Mother of  that poor silly foolish boy Joe Smith who pretended  to translate the Book of Mormon. I looked him  steadily in the face and replied I am sir the Mo ther of Joseph Smith but why may I ask do you call  him a foolish silly boy—
Because said his Reverence that he should immagine  that he was going to break down all the churches  with that simple <mormon> Book.
Did you ever read that book I enqured
No said he it is too far beneath me to be worthy  of my notice— Then I think sir I said you do  not abide by that scripture which saith search  all things— and Now sir let me tell you bol dly that the Book of Mormon contains the everlasting  Gospel and it was writen for the salvation of your soul  by the gift and power of the holy Ghost
Pooh said the Minister nonsense— but I have not fears  bu of any member of my church being lead away by any  such dodmatism [dogmatism] for they have too much inteligence  Now Mr. Ruggles said and I Spoke earnestly for  the spirit of God was upon me Mark my words as  true as God lives before 3 years we will have more  than one third of your church and sir whether you  believe it or not we will take the very deacon  too this produced a hearty laugh from the com pany which was quite a large one at the expense  of the revrend Minister— Not to be tedious I  will say that I remained in this section about 3 weeks  after our brethren left me making my whole stay 4 weeks  during which time I labored incessantly for the truths  sake and gained the hearts of many believers among [p. [2], bk. 13]
the house of another niece named Ruth Stanly wife of [blank] Stanly and sister to Mrs Whitermore soon after our arrival Mr Whitermore introduced me to Rev Mr Ruggles who was the Pastor of the presbyterian church to which Mr W belonged— And you said Mr Ruggles upon shaking hands with me are the Mother of that poor silly foolish boy Joe Smith who pretended to translate the Book of Mormon. I looked him steadily in the face and replied I am sir the Mother of Joseph Smith but why may I ask do you call him a foolish silly boy—
Because said his Reverence that he should immagine that he was going to break down all the churches with that simple mormon Book.
Did you ever read that book I enqured
No said he it is too far beneath me to be worthy of my notice— Then I think sir I said you do not abide by that scripture which saith search all things— and Now sir let me tell you boldly that the Book of Mormon contains the everlasting Gospel and it was writen for the salvation of your soul by the gift and power of the holy Ghost
Pooh said the Minister nonsense— but I have no fears of any member of my church being lead away by such dodmatism [dogmatism] for they have too much inteligence Now Mr. Ruggles said and I Spoke earnestly for the spirit of God was upon me Mark my words as true as God lives before 3 years we will have more than one third of your church and sir whether you believe it or not we will take the very deacon too this produced a hearty laugh from the company which was quite a large one at the expense of the revrend Minister— Not to be tedious I will say that I remained in this section about 3 weeks after our brethren left me making my whole stay 4 weeks during which time I labored incessantly for the truths sake and gained the hearts of many believers among [p. [2], bk. 13]
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