Lucy Mack Smith, History, 1844–1845

  • Source Note
  • Historical Introduction
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<but we found the balls that were discharged from his piece the next day in the head & neck of a cow that stood opposite the wagon in a dark corner> This is but one of many instances which I have passed over in order to be brief in my recital
It is true he was now a man grown and capable of using suficient judgment to keep out of common difficulties but we were now aware that God intended him for a Good and and important work consequently we expected that the powers of darkness would strive with him on this account more than any other to overthrow him—. But to return to the <first> circumstance which I commenced relating he did not return home till the night was considerably advanced his and were together I no one else was present when he entered the house he seemed threw himself into a chair seemingly much exhausted he was <as> pale as ashes his exclaimed Joseph why have <you> staid so late has anything happened you we have been in distress about you these 3 hours after Joseph recovered himself a little he said I have had the severest chastisement that I ever had in my life Chastisement indeed! said Well upon my word I would like to [know?] who has been takeing you to task and what their pretext was its pretty well too if you are to be detained till this time of night to take lectures for your bad practises— Joseph smiled to see his so hasty and indignant. said he it was the angel of the Lord. he says I have been negligent that the time has now come when the record should be brought forth and that I must be up and doing that I must set myself about the things which God has commanded me to do but give yourself no uneasiness as to this [p. [5], bk. 5]
It is true he was now a man grown and capable of using suficient judgment to keep out of common difficulties but we were now aware that God intended him for a Good and an important work consequently we expected that the powers of darkness would strive with him on this account more than any other to overthrow him—. But to return to the circumstance which I commenced relating he did not return home till the night was considerably advanced his and were together no one else was present when he entered the house he threw himself into a chair seemingly much exhausted he was as pale as ashes his exclaimed Joseph why have you staid so late has anything happened you we have been in distress about you these 3 hours must be up and doing that I must set myself about the things which God has commanded me to do but give yourself no uneasiness as to this [p. [5], bk. 5]
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