Lucy Mack Smith, History, 1844–1845

  • Source Note
  • Historical Introduction
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was constantly flowing and it needed a great deal of cleaning  out before it could be made to answer his purpose at all  he worked alone in this cellar sometime and the dampness of the place  and his labor together caused him to take a severe cold with which  he was sick some time when he had but he continued his work until  he had got his press into started and a few numbers of the paper  printed when he went to to see his family after  this he returned to but found the distress so great thatr  no buisness could be done— after his arrival in he  wrote the following letter to his which shows pretty clearly the  situation of the church at that time as well as his affectionate disposition  which was always breathed in every word he spoke to his family and stam ped on every line he wrote to them when absent from them which has  also been manifest in other letters which I have before transcr ibed
July 25
July 25 1839
Beloved
I am in tolerable health and have  just risen from my knees imploring the throne of Grace  in your behalf and that of our family— That God would  preserve your health and give you every blessing and protect  you by day and by night—
When I arrived here there had been nothing done in the office  as has been sick every day since I left and  is sick yet. I have done but little labor since I returned  for I have been striving against the destroyer and atten ding upon the sick continually There is not well ones  enough to take care of the sick There has been but one  death however since I returned and that was of a child  but one week old. and are both sick—  Clarine ’s has been nigh unto death  is better. Last tuesday I administered to 16 souls and have  since administered to a great many in company with and some notable miracles were wrought under  our hands I never had so great power over disease as  I have had this week and For this let God be Glorified  The Devil is determined to destroy the saints here— there is now [p. [10], bk. 17]
was constantly flowing and it needed a great deal of cleaning out before it could be made to answer his purpose at all he worked alone in this cellar sometime and the dampness of the place and his labor together caused him to take a severe cold with which he was sick some time but he continued his work until he had got his press started and a few numbers of the paper printed when he went to to see his family after this he returned to but found the distress so great thatr no buisness could be done— after his arrival in he wrote the following letter to his which shows pretty clearly the situation of the church at that time as well as his affectionate disposition which was always breathed in every word he spoke to his family and stamped on every line he wrote to them when absent from them which has also been manifest in other letters which I have before transcribed
July 25 1839
Beloved
I am in tolerable health and have just risen from imploring the throne of Grace in your behalf and that of our family— That God would preserve your health and give you every blessing and protect you by day and by night—
When I arrived here there had been nothing done in the office as has been sick every day since I left and is sick yet. I have done but little labor since I returned for I have been striving against the destroyer and attending upon the sick continually There is not well ones enough to take care of the sick There has been but one death however since I returned and that was of a child but one week old. and are both sick— ’s has been nigh unto death is better. Last tuesday I administered to 16 souls and have since administered to a great many in company with and some notable miracles were wrought under our hands I never had so great power over disease as I have had this week For this let God be Glorified The Devil is determined to destroy the saints here— there is now [p. [10], bk. 17]
Page [10], bk. 17