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 po wers of darkness would strive with him on  this account more than any other to overthr ow him—. But to return to the <first> circumstance  which I commenced relating he did not re turn 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 seeming ly 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 dis tress about you these 3 hours after Joseph recover ed 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 pre text was its pretty well too if you are to be de tained 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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