Lucy Mack Smith, History, 1844–1845

  • Source Note
  • Historical Introduction
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your mind <but you must keep your mind always staid upon God that that no evil may come into your heart> Joseph then promised to do as he was told by the angel and rose up and went to his brother and requested to go <-[> to the house and ask his to come to the field for Said he I have something to tell him when his went to him Joseph rehearsed to him all that he had and seen and heard When they came into the house in the evening <> They told made known to the whole family the wonderful things which Joseph had made known to him They Joseph told the whole family the wonderful things which had had been made known to Joseph When Joseph came in the evening he told all the <whole> family all that he had made known to his in the field. we sat up up very late and listened attentively to all that he had to say to us but his mind had been so exercised that he became very much fatigued When saw this he said now brother let us go to bed and we will get up early in the morning and go to work so as to finish our days labor by an an hour before sunset & if will get our suppers early we will then have a fine long evening to <and> all set down and hear you talk The next day they <we> worked with great ambition <*> <by sunset were ready to be seated and give our atten undivide[d] to Josephs recitals. and this pro before he began to explain to us the instructions which he had received he told charged us <not> to not to mention what he told us out of the family as the world was so wicked that if they when they did come to a knowledge of these things they would try to take our lives and as soon as we obtained the plates our names would be cast out as evil by all people> and were ready by sunset to give our whole attention to the discoursing discourse of my son pertaining the obtaining of the plates the goodness of God his knowledge and power our a own liabillity to error and transgression and the great salvation that lay before the faithful Now said he and the angel of the Lord says that we must be careful not to proclaim these things or to mention them abroad For we do not any of us know the wickedness of the world which is so sinful and that where when we get the plates they will want to kill us for the sake of the gold if they know we had <have> them and as soon as they do find that we pretend to have any such thing our names will be cast out as evil and we shall be scoffed at and I and all maner of evil spoken [p. [12], bk. 3]
your mind but you must keep your mind always staid upon God that no evil may come into your heart Joseph then promised to do as he was told by the angel and rose up and went to his brother and requested to go -[ to the house and ask his to come to the field for Said he I have something to tell him when his went to him Joseph rehearsed to him all that he had and seen and heard When Joseph came in the evening he told the whole family all that he had made known to his in the field. we sat up very late and listened attentively to all that he had to say to us but his mind had been so exercised that he became very much fatigued When saw this he said now brother let us go to bed and we will get up early in the morning and go to work so as to finish our days labor by an hour before sunset & if will get our suppers early we will then have a fine long evening and all set down and hear you talk The next day we worked with great ambition * by sunset were ready to be seated and give our undivided to Josephs recitals. before he began to explain to us the instructions which he had received he charged us not to mention what he told us out of the family as the world was so wicked that when they did come to a knowledge of these things they would try to take our lives and as soon as we obtained the plates our names would be cast out as evil by all people and were ready by sunset to give our whole attention to the discourse of my son pertaining the obtaining of the plates the goodness of God his knowledge and power our own liabillity to error and transgression and the great salvation that lay before the faithful Now said he and the angel of the Lord says that we must be careful not to proclaim these things or to mention them abroad For we do not any of us know the wickedness of the world which is so sinful that when we get the plates they will want to kill us for the sake of the gold if they know we have them and as soon as they do find that we pretend to have any such thing our names will be cast out as evil and we shall be scoffed at and all maner of evil spoken [p. [12], bk. 3]
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