Lucy Mack Smith, History, 1844–1845

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  • Historical Introduction
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the church the next sabbath when the Sunday came &  the brethren were about to open the meeting he rose and  <related the what had occurred bettween him and and and>  said that he had been doing wrong and asked the forgiveness  of the church begging to be received again into their  confidence. He His he did not however tell them what  [t]he steps he had taken that he called wrong but they  would not doubt have readily forgiven him if he ha[d]  done so— his <conffession> was received but his party still continu ed obstinate and they met at s held  <secret> meetings and When the young Woman who was their  instructress was through giving revelations She would  Jump up and A and hop over the floor and dance  with all her might and boast of her great power and  her proselites would rehearse in the most vehement man ner how pure how holy they were and how Mighty  how great and how powerful they were going to be  and When we held <our next> prayer meetings they took no part with  us but after meeting was dismissed they arose and appoi ointed a meeting Made a Standing appointment for  Meetings to be held every thursday by the pure church  which <title> they themselves claimed to be they yet circulated  a paper to ascertain how many would follow them  and it was ascertained that a great poroportion  of those whom we considered good members were  decidedly in favor of the new party. <In> this spirit  Mr [blank] went to and  contaminated the minds of some of the brethren there  against joseph in order to destroy his influence with  them.— This schism and the rage of the Mob whom  we had contended with from the first made it nec essary to keep a more strict guard than ever at  the houses of those who were their chief objects of  vengeance and the brethren who are now complained  of by discontented members of the church would in their  days take their stations as <a> watch and stand night  after night through all weather on guard to protect  the lives of the presidency one whom was [p. [10], bk. 14]
the church the next sabbath when the Sunday came & the brethren were about to open the meeting he rose and related what had occurred bettween him and and and said that he had been doing wrong and asked the forgiveness of the church begging to be received again into their confidence. he did not however tell them what the steps he had taken that he called wrong but they would no doubt have readily forgiven him if he had done so— his conffession was received but his party still continued obstinate and they met at s held secret meetings and When the young Woman who was their instructress was through giving revelations She would Jump and hop over the floor and dance with all her might and boast of her great power and her proselites would rehearse in the most vehement manner how pure how holy they were and how Mighty how great and how powerful they were going to be and When we held our next prayer meetings they took no part with us but after meeting was dismissed they arose and Made a Standing appointment for Meetings to be held every thursday by the pure church which title they claimed they yet circulated a paper to ascertain how many would follow them and it was ascertained that a great poroportion of those whom we considered good members were decidedly in favor of the new party. In this spirit [blank] went to and contaminated the minds of some of the brethren there against joseph in order to destroy his influence with them.— This schism and the rage of the Mob whom we had contended with from the first made it necessary to keep a more strict guard than ever at the houses of those who were the chief objects of vengeance and the brethren who are now complained of by discontented members of the church would in their days take their stations as a watch and stand night after night through all weather on guard to protect the lives of the presidency one whom was [p. [10], bk. 14]
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