Lucy Mack Smith, History, 1844–1845

  • Source Note
  • Historical Introduction
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whom was and his wife— these were  anxious to have an Elder sent to them and  some of them said if I would use my influence  to I in <their> favor they would pledge themselves that  the man who came should not lack for anyth ing and Mr Cooper my Nep[h]ew of said that  if we would dress our elders in broadcloth instead  of home spun it would add greatly to their influ ence. I promised him that the next one who came  to preach to them should be more genteel.
This was just as I embarked for home where I  arrived in a few days in perfect health and  safety and found my family well— I me[n]tioned  the state of things where I had been to Joseph the  first opportunity he seemed pleased that I had  succeeded in preparing the way for a minister of  the Gospel and [blank] sent Brother   to labor with them but not untill  we had him fitted out as I promised Mr Cooper with  a suit of superfine broadcloth. He went into the midst  of Mr Ruggles’s church and converted 70 of his best  member and as I said he took the very deacon  to[o]— for although I did not know anything about the  situation of th His church he had a very intelligent  Deacon by the name of [Samuel] Bent who is now a high cou ncillor in and he told me the last time  I saw him which was not a week since that he  had never <not> forgotten my prophecy upon his head  Soon after Bro arrived <returned> a[t] home within a  month of the in less than a month after my retur <arrival>  and remained untill the next Oct when a revelation  was given commanding him <and > to <the town of> which  was near 30 Miles distant and warn the people in the  name of the Lord he <began to> make preparations for to set  out on this mission but before he was ready to start  a voice he heard a voice in the night which called  to him sayin[g] arise immediately and go forth [p. [3], bk. 13]
whom was and his wife— these were anxious to have an Elder sent to them and some of them said if I would use my influence in their favor they would pledge themselves that the man who came should not lack for anything and Mr Cooper my Nephew of said that if we would dress our elders in broadcloth instead of home spun it would add greatly to their influence. I promised him that the next one who came to preach to them should be more genteel.
This was just as I embarked for home where I arrived in a few days in perfect health and safety and found my family well— I mentioned the state of things where I had been to Joseph the first opportunity he seemed pleased that I had succeeded in preparing the way for a minister of the Gospel and [blank] sent Brother to labor with them but not untill we had him fitted out as I promised Mr Cooper with a suit of superfine broadcloth. He went into the midst of Mr Ruggles’s church and converted 70 of his best member and as I said he took the very deacon too— for although I did not know anything about the situation of His church he had a very intelligent Deacon by the name of Samuel Bent who is now a high councillor in and he told me the last time I saw him which was not a week since that he had never not forgotten my prophecy upon his head returned at home in less than a month after my arrival and remained untill the next Oct when a revelation was given commanding him and to the town of which was near 30 Miles distant and warn the people in the name of the Lord he began to make preparations to set out on this mission but before he was ready to start he heard a voice in the night which called to him saying arise immediately and go forth [p. [3], bk. 13]
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