Lucy Mack Smith, History, 1844–1845

  • Source Note
  • Historical Introduction
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Book 4
Concerning us This astonished us very much <-[>and we  wondered in our hearts how these things could be  so why any one could have a disposition to take our  lives merely for a thing like this. The He then said  But <he continued> if we are wise and prudent in all things <that> which  <are> is revealed to <us> God is able to make all things known  to us do you believe it Said he to his why yes  certainly answered he has all power and  wisdom Knowledge and understanding and of course  can teach us all things if we are worthy and we  will try to live in such a [way?] as to deserve the fa The favor  of God that he may be pleased to instruct from day to  day— From this time forth Joseph continued to  receive instructions from time to time and every  evening we gathered our children togather And gave our  our time up to the discussion of those things which  he imparted <un> to us I think that <we> presented the most pecu liar aspect of any family that ever lived upon the Earth  all seated round in a circle sons and  Daughters listening in breathless anxiety to the <religious> teachings  of a boy 16 <19> yars of age who had never read the Bible throu gh by course in his life for Joseph was less inclined  to the study of books than any child we had but much  more given to reflection and deep study We were con vinced that God was about to bring to light something  that we might stay our minds upon some thing that  we could get a more definite idea of than anything  which had been taught us heretofore and we rejoiced  in it with exceeding great joy Uni the sweetest union  and happiness pervaded our house no jar nor discord  disturbed our peace and tranquility reigned in our midst  In the course of our evening conversations Joseph would give us  some of the most ammusing recitals which could be im magined he would de[s]cribe the ancient inhabitants [p. [1], bk. 4]
Book 4
But he continued if we are wise and prudent in that which are is revealed to us God is able to make all things known to us do you believe it Said he to his why yes certainly answered he has all power and wisdom Knowledge and understanding and of course can teach us all things if we are worthy and we will try to live in such a [way] as to deserve The favor of God — From this time forth Joseph continued to receive instructions from time to time and every evening we gathered our children togather I think that we presented the most peculiar aspect of any family that ever lived upon the Earth all seated in a circle sons and Daughters listening in breathless anxiety to the religious teachings of a boy 19 yars of age who had never read the Bible through by course in his life for Joseph was less inclined to the study of books than any child we had but much more given to reflection and deep study We were convinced that God was about to bring to light something that we might stay our minds upon some thing that we could get a more definite idea of than anything which had been taught us heretofore and we rejoiced in it with exceeding great joy the sweetest union and happiness pervaded our house no jar nor discord disturbed our peace and tranquility reigned in our midst In the course of our evening conversations Joseph would give us some of the most ammusing recitals which could be immagined he would describe the ancient inhabitants [p. [1], bk. 4]
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