Lucy Mack Smith, History, 1844–1845

  • Source Note
  • Historical Introduction
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Lord and I am determined to be the first at the work In a  few minutes the fence was removed the young wheat cut and the  ground in order for the foundation and <early> Monday morning the  brethren were out drawing stone of the wall and commenced  digging away the Earth where the stone were to be laid  Early Monday Morning the brethren were out with their teams  laboring with great ambition at digging a trench for the wall  quarying stone and hauling them to the place wher they  were to be used— although there was but <about> 30 families in   <at that time as there had many of the brethren gone to > the work never stopped or stood still for the want  of Means or men laborers but they suffered much from fatigue and  uneasiness for as soon as the work was commenced our ene mies began to swear that we should not finish it but  the brethren were faithful to their charge and they would  take turns in watching the walls and of those that then  Stood upon guard Some are yet living  and   my sons also took their turn and  stood upon the walls and very of stood 3 nigts in the  week— but oh how many of those affectionate  brethren that spent so many <spent> days and nights watch ing by th for the enemy least they should steal  into the town unawares and Murder the prophet and  his counsill and tear down their foundation of the  but they clung fast by the walls and gave no quet  “sell ‘sleep too their eyes nor’ peaceful slumber to their  eyelid untill ‘they found’ a place for the Lord an  habitation for the mighty God of Jacob but now  they lie full low <and> their bodies are mouldering to dust  and their spirits have returned to God who gave it  But their good <works> have followed them and <for> they did not  turn therefrom but continued faithful to the end  While others Alas! have <are> buried in far more gross and dr eadful darkness for they have forsaken the truth and  taken to themseves the God of this world and given heed  to vanity and his things wherein their there is no profit  Says the Saviour if the light which is in you  become darkness how great is that darkness [p. [2], bk. 14]
Lord and I am determined to be the first at the work In a few minutes the fence was removed the young wheat cut and the ground in order for the foundation of the wall and commenced digging away the Earth where the stone were to be laid Early Monday Morning the brethren were out with their teams laboring with great ambition at digging a trench for the wall quarying stone and hauling them to the place wher they were to be used— although there was but about 30 families in at that time as there had many of the brethren gone to the work never stopped or stood still for the want of Means or laborers but they suffered much from fatigue and uneasiness for as soon as the work was commenced our enemies began to swear that we should not finish it but the brethren were faithful to their charge and they would take turns in watching the walls of those that then Stood upon guard Some are yet living and my sons also took their turn and stood upon the walls and very of stood 3 nigts in the week— but oh how many of those affectionate brethren spent days and nights watching for the enemy least they should steal into the town unawares and Murder the prophet and his counsill and tear down the foundation of the but they clung fast by the walls and gave no quet ‘sleep to their eyes nor’ peaceful slumber to their eyelid untill ‘they found’ a place for the Lord an habitation for the mighty God of Jacob but now they lie full low and their bodies are mouldering to dust and their spirits have returned to God who gave it But their good works have followed them for they did not turn therefrom but continued faithful to the end While others Alas! are buried in far more gross and dreadful darkness for they have forsaken the truth and taken to themseves the God of this world and given heed to vanity and his things wherein there is no profit Says the Saviour if the light which is in you become darkness how great is that darkness [p. [2], bk. 14]
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