Lucy Mack Smith, History, 1845

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with one mind. This seemed about right to me, and  I felt much inclined to join in with them: in fact,  the most of the family appeared quite disposed to unite  with the rest in the general union; but Joseph from the  first utterly refused, even to attend their meetings;  saying, “, I do not wish to prevent you from  going to meeting; or any of the rest of the family,  or even your joining any church you please; but do  not ask me to join them: I can take my Bible and  go into the woods, and learn more in two hours, than  you can learn at meeting in two years, if you should  attend all the time”.
In order to gratify me, my , accompanied  me to some two or three meetings; but peremptorily  refused going any more, either for my or any other per sons gratifycation.
Joseph, during this excitement, would say: that it  would do us no injury to join them; for, if we did  should, we would not continue with them long, for  we were mistaken in them, and did not know the  wickedness of their hearts. One day He said, he  would give us an example; and, that we might  set it down as a prophecy: thus, “you look at Deacon  Jessup,’ said he, “and you hear him talk very piously;  well, you think he is a very good man— Now, suppose  that one of his poor neighbors should owe him the  value of a cow; and, that this poor man had eight  <little> children, and he should be taken sick and die, leav ing his wife with one cow but destitute of every  other means of supporting them herself and family— Now  I tell you, that Deacon Jesup, religious as he is,  would not scruple to take the last cow from the poor  widow, in order to secure the debt; notwithstanding [p. 94]
with one mind. This seemed about right to me, and I felt much inclined to join in with them: in fact, the most of the family appeared quite disposed to unite with the rest in the general union; but Joseph from the first utterly refused, even to attend their meetings; saying, “, I do not wish to prevent you from going to meeting; or any of the rest of the family, or even your joining any church you please; but do not ask me to join them: I can take my Bible and go into the woods, and learn more in two hours, than you can learn at meeting in two years, if you should attend all the time”.
In order to gratify me, my , accompanied me to some two or three meetings; but peremptorily refused going any more, either for my or any other persons gratifycation.
Joseph, during this excitement, would say: that it would do us no injury to join them; for, if we did , we would not continue with them long, for we were mistaken in them, and did not know the wickedness of their hearts. He said, he would give us an example; and, that we might set it down as a prophecy: “you look at Deacon Jessup,’ said he, “and you hear him talk very piously; well, you think he is a very good man— Now, suppose that one of his poor neighbors should owe him the value of a cow; and, that this poor man had eight little children, and he should be taken sick and die, leaving his wife with one cow but destitute of every other means of supporting herself and family— Now I tell you, that Deacon Jesup, religious as he is, would not scruple to take the last cow from the poor widow, in order to secure the debt; notwithstanding [p. 94]
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