Lucy Mack Smith, History, 1845

  • Source Note
  • Historical Introduction
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“I struggled a little longer to obtain property in making adventures, then returned to my family after an absence of four years from them about pennyless. After this I determined to follow phantoms no longer; but devote the rest of my life to the service of God and my family.”
I shall now lay aside my ’s journal, as I have made such extracts as adapted to my purpose; and take up the history of his children
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Chapter 2
Chap. II.
 
History of Jason Mack
 
Jason, my oldest brother was a studious and manly boy. Before he attained his sixteenth year he became what was then called a Seeker; and believing, that, by prayer and faith the gifts of the gospel might be attained which were enjoyed by the ancient disciples of Christ, he labored almost incessantly to convert others to the same faith. He was also of the opinion, that God would, at some subsequent period, manifest his power as he anciently had done— in signs and wonders.
At the age of 20 he became a preacher of the gospel; and, in a short time after this he formed an acquaintaince with a young woman of wealthy parentage, by the name of Esther Bruce from the State of New Hamphshire. She was the pride of the place in which she resided, not [p. 8]
“I struggled a little longer to obtain property in making adventures, then returned to my family after an absence of four years from them about pennyless. After this I determined to follow phantoms no longer; but devote the rest of my life to the service of God and my family.”
I shall now lay aside my ’s journal, as I have made such extracts as adapted to my purpose; and take up the history of his children
[7 lines blank]
Chapter 2
Chap. II.
 
History of Jason Mack
 
Jason, my oldest brother was a studious and manly boy. Before he attained his sixteenth year he became what was then called a Seeker; and believing, that, by prayer and faith the gifts of the gospel might be attained which were enjoyed by the ancient disciples of Christ, he labored almost incessantly to convert others to the same faith. He was also of the opinion, that God would, at some subsequent period, manifest his power as he anciently had done— in signs and wonders.
At the age of 20 he became a preacher of the gospel; and, in a short time after this he formed an acquaintaince with a young woman of wealthy parentage, by the name of Esther Bruce from the State of New Hamphshire. She was the pride of the place in which she resided, not [p. 8]
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