Lucy Mack Smith, History, 1844–1845

  • Source Note
  • Historical Introduction
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with us The He would say I do not wish to prevent  you from going to meeting or joining any church  you like or any of the Family who desire the like  only do not ask me to go <do so> for I do not wish to go But  I will take my Bible and go out into the woods and  learn more in two hours than you could if you  were to go to meeting two years
My also declined go attending the meetings  after the first but did not object to myself and such  of the children as chose to go or to become <going or becoming> church  members doing as <if the> suited us <if we wished> Joseph also said I do  not want to to keep any of you from joining any  church you <if y> like but <it will do you no hurt to join them but> you will not Stay with them  long for you are mistaken in them you do not know  the wickedness of their hearts I will said he one day  give you an example and you may set it down  as a prophecy Now you look at deacon Joseph <Jessup> & you  heart heare him talk very piously well you think he  is a very good man but suppose that Mr.  (one of his poor neighbors) <who had 8 children)> owed him the value of  one cow well this man has eight small children  suppose the poor man should be taken sick &  die leaving his wife with one cow but destitute  of every means of support for herself and family  Now I tell you that deacon Joseph Jessup good <religious> as he is  would not hesitate to take the last cow from  the widow and orphans rather than loose the  debts although he has an abundance of every thing This seemed to us at that time impossi ble but it was not one year from the time  in which it was spoken when we saw the  very act <thing> that was told transpire before our eyes  After a short time however the first Shock <occasioned by s death> passed  off and we began to resume our usual avocations [p. [8], bk. 4]
with us He would say I do not wish to prevent you from going to meeting or joining any church you like or any of the Family who desire the like only do not ask me to do so for I do not wish to go But I will take my Bible and go out into the woods and learn more in two hours than you could if you were to go to meeting two years
My also declined attending the meetings after the first but did not object to myself and such of the children as chose going or becoming church members if we wished Joseph also said it will do you no hurt to join them but you will not Stay with them long for you are mistaken in them you do not know the wickedness of their hearts I will said he one day give you an example and you may set it down as a prophecy Now you look at deacon Jessup & you heare him talk very piously well you think he is a very good man but suppose that (one of his poor neighbors) owed him the value of one cow this man has eight small children suppose the poor man should be taken sick & die leaving his wife with one cow but destitute of every means of support for herself and family Now I tell you that deacon Joseph Jessup religious as he is would not hesitate to take the last cow from the widow and orphans rather than loose the debt although he has an abundance of everything This seemed to us at that time impossible but it was not one year from the time in which it was spoken when we saw the very thing that was told transpire After a short time the first Shock occasioned by s death passed off and we began to resume our usual avocations [p. [8], bk. 4]
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