Lucy Mack Smith, History, 1844–1845

  • Source Note
  • Historical Introduction
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dead and we could not make the last payment we  also planted a large orchard and made every possible  preparation for ease to when advanced age should  deprive us of the ability to make those p[h]ysical exertions  <of> which we were then capable of.
Now I shall change my theme for the present but let  not my reader suppose that because I shall pursue another  topic for a season that we stopt our labor and went <at> tryin g to win the faculty of Abrac drawing Magic circles  or sooth saying to the neglect of all kinds of buisness we  never during our lives suffered one important interest to  swallow up every other obligation but whilst we worked  with our hands we endeavored to remmember the service  of & the welfare of our souls.
About this The 3 harvest time had now arrived since we  opened our new farm and all the our sons were actively  employed in assisting their to cut down the grain  and storing it away in order, for winter One evening  we were sitting till quite late conversing upon the  subject of the diversity of churches that had risen up  in the world and the many thousand opinions in exis tence as to the truths contained in scripture  Joseph who never said many words upon any subject  but always seemed to reflect more deeply than com mon persons of his age upon everything of a religious  nature This After we ceased conversation he went to  bed <and was pondering in his mind which of the churches were the true one.> an but he had not laid there long till <he saw> a bright  <light> entered the room where he lay he looked up and  saw an angel of the Lord stood <standing> by him The angel spoke  I perceive that you are enquiring in your mind which is  the true church there is not a true church on Earth No  not one Nor <and> has not been since Peter took the Keys <of the Melchesidec priesthood after the order of God> into the  Kingdom of Heaven the churches that are now upon the Ear th are all man made churches. Joseph there is a record for  you and you must get it one day get it There is a record for [p. [10], bk. 3]
dead and we could not make the last payment we also planted a large orchard and made every possible preparation for ease when advanced age should deprive us of the ability to make those physical exertions of which we were then capable .
I shall change my theme for the present but let not my reader suppose that because I shall pursue another topic for a season that we stopt our labor and went at trying to win the faculty of Abrac drawing Magic circles or sooth saying to the neglect of all kinds of buisness we never during our lives suffered one important interest to swallow up every other obligation but whilst we worked with our hands we endeavored to remmember the service of & the welfare of our souls.
The 3 harvest time had now arrived since we opened our new farm and all our sons were actively employed in assisting their to cut down the grain and storing it away in order, One evening we were sitting till quite late conversing upon the subject of the diversity of churches that had risen up in the world and the many thousand opinions in existence as to the truths contained in scripture Joseph never said many words upon any subject but always seemed to reflect more deeply than common persons of his age upon everything of a religious nature After we ceased conversation he went to bed and was pondering in his mind which of the churches were the true one. but he had not laid there long till he saw a bright light enter the room where he lay he looked up and saw an angel of the Lord standing by him The angel spoke I perceive that you are enquiring in your mind which is the true church there is not a true church on Earth No not one and has not been since Peter took the Keys of the Melchesidec priesthood after the order of God into the Kingdom of Heaven the churches that are now upon the Earth are all man made churches. There is a record for [p. [10], bk. 3]
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