Lucy Mack Smith, History, 1844–1845

  • Source Note
  • Historical Introduction
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this Joseph <then> went to on <the same> buisness. On the ensuing Sunday after in speaking <of the bank affair> reflected somewhat sharply upon This incensed bro and he made an attempt to go into the stand where my stood declaring that he would speak to the people but told him that he would not be interrupted and seeing that intended to force his way My called upon the justice of the peace to still him— but paid no attention and made a move to pull out of the stand at this who was the only <oldest> one of My sons who were present sprang from his seat and caught in his arms and carried him half way out of <across> the and would have put him out of the room entirely had not Spro stepped forward and drawing the sword from his cane presented saying that if he advanced one step farther he would run him through and before had time to turn there was several around him threatening to handle severely if he laid hands upo[n] again at this juncture I left the sick and grieved at heart and more distressed as I found that although their did not a great number take an active part against the Church yet there were many who were undecided and this plainly showed me the seeds of the apostacy which Joseph had prophecied would take place were already sown in the breasts of a greater number than I could have have immagined before could have been affected by it. The same week a young woman who lived with and who pretended to be able to diccover [discover] hiden things and to prophecy by looking through a certain black stone which She had found— revealed to and others Some facts which gave them a new Idea of things altogether. the circumstances of this were as follows— requested her to look through this stone and tell him what Joseph meant by one third of the church [p. [8], bk. 14]
Joseph then went to on the same buisness. On the ensuing Sunday in speaking of the bank affair reflected somewhat sharply upon This incensed and he made an attempt to go into the stand where my stood declaring that he would speak to the people told him that he would not be interrupted and seeing that intended to force his way My called upon the justice of the peace to still him— but paid no attention and made a move to pull out of the stand at this who was the oldest one of My sons who were present sprang from his seat and caught in his arms and carried him half way across the and would have put him out of the room entirely had not stepped forward and drawing the sword from his cane presented saying that if he advanced one step farther he would run him through and before had time to turn there was several around him threatening to handle severely if he laid hands upon again at this juncture I left the sick and grieved at heart and more distressed as I found that although their did not a great number take active part against the Church yet there were many who were undecided and this plainly showed me the seeds of the apostacy which Joseph had prophecied would take place were already sown in the breasts of a greater number than immagined before could have been affected by it. The same week a young woman who lived with and who pretended to be able to diccover [discover] hiden things and to prophecy by looking through a certain black stone which She had found— revealed to and others Some facts which gave them a new Idea of things altogether. the circumstances of this were as follows— requested her to look through this stone and tell him what Joseph meant by one third of the church [p. [8], bk. 14]
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