Lucy Mack Smith, History, 1844–1845

  • Source Note
  • Historical Introduction
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thing could occur that would break up our friends hip for each other or distress us in the least But  brethren beware for I tell you this I[n] the name of the  Lord that if there is an evil in this very congregation  which if is not repented of will result in something very  an apostasy making one third of you who are here  this day so much my enemies that you will have  a desire to take my life and even would do so if  God permitted the deed— But brethren I call  upon now to repent while there is room for repentan ce— and cease all your hardness and turn from  those principles of dishonesty and death which you  are harboring in your bosoms before it is eternally  to[o] late for there is yet room for repentance
He continued to labor in this way with them appealing  to them in the most feeling and solemn manner  untill his he was i <untill> Thy The exertion of his mind and the fatig ue of speaking quite fatigued him and sat down exhau sted leaving almost every one in the in tears.
The following week was much given to surmises  and speculations as to who would be the traitors &  why they should be so &c— &c. in a short time however  Joseph left and went to to be absent a  while on buisness he had not been gone many days <before he went>  when <however> a difficulty there was a difficulty broke out about  the bank which the brethren had established in  and it semed that a quantity of Money had been  taken away by fraud When Joseph discovered this  he demanded a search warrant of Esqr — this was flatly refused by said upo[n] which Joseph if said if you will give me  a warrant I can get the money but if you do not  I will break you of your office well break it is then  said and we will strike hands upon it  very well said Joseph from henceforth I drop you  from my quorum in the name of the Lord and   in wrath replied Amen— Soon after <this>  <Joseph entered a complaint against him on which account his magistracy was giv[en] to this> [p. [7], bk. 14]
thing could occur that would break up our friendship for each other or distress us in the least But brethren beware for I tell you In the name of the Lord that there is an evil in this very congregation which if is not repented of will result in making one third of you who are here this day so much my enemies that you will have a desire to take my life and even would do so if God permitted the deed— But brethren I call upon now to repent while there is room for repentance— and cease all your hardness and turn from those principles of dishonesty and death which you are harboring in your bosoms before it is eternally too late for there is yet room for repentance
He continued to labor in this way with them appealing to them in the most feeling and solemn manner untill The exertion of his mind and the fatigue of speaking quite fatigued him and sat down exhausted leaving almost every one in the in tears.
The following week was much given to surmises and speculations as to who would be the traitors & why they should be so &c— &c. in a short time however there was a difficulty broke out about the bank which the brethren had established in and it semed that a quantity of Money had been taken away by fraud When Joseph discovered this he demanded a search warrant of Esqr — this was flatly refused by said upon which Joseph said if you will give me a warrant I can get the money but if you do not I will break you of your office well break it is then said and we will strike hands upon it very well said Joseph from henceforth I drop you from my quorum in the name of the Lord and in wrath replied Amen— Joseph entered a complaint against him on which account his magistracy was given to [p. [7], bk. 14]
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