Lucy Mack Smith, History, 1845

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upon my mind to leave the book with her. I made her  a present of it, and told her that the spirit forbade my  taking it away. She burst into tears, and requested me  to pray with her. I did so; and afterwards explained  to her, the most profitable manner of reading the book  which I had left with her; which was to ask God,  when she read it, for a testimony of the truth of what  she had read; and she would receive the spirit of  God. After which I left her and returned home.
“I shall now turn aside from my narrative, and  give a history of the above book. When retur ned home, his wife requested him to read it, informing  her him very particularly with regard to what  had said to her, relative to obtaining a testimony of  the truth of it. This he for a while, refused to do; but  finally yielded to her persuasions; and took the book  and commenced perusing the same, calling upon God  for the testimony of his spirit: The result of which  was, they were in a short time both baptized. They  gave the book to , Mr<s> Green’s brother  who read it and commenced preaching it forthwith.
It was next handed to ; and  from him to Mrs. [Fanny Young] Murray, his sister; who is also the  mother of ’s wife. They all received  the work without hesitancy, and rejoiced in the truth  thereof. , at the time, was in ,  preaching the Methodist doctrine; but, as soon as became convinced of the truth of the gos pel, as contained in the Book of Mormon, he went  straightway to his brother , and persuaded him  to cease preaching methodism, and embrace the tru th; as set forth in the Book of Mormon which he  carried with him. Thus, was this book, the means of [p. 187]
upon my mind to leave the book with her. I made her a present of it, and told her that the spirit forbade my taking it away. She burst into tears, and requested me to pray with her. I did so; and afterwards explained to her, the most profitable manner of reading the book which I had left with her; which was to ask God, when she read it, for a testimony of the truth of what she had read; and she would receive the spirit of God. After which I left her and returned home.
“I shall now turn aside from my narrative, and give a history of the above book. When returned home, his wife requested him to read it, informing him very particularly with regard to what had said to her, relative to obtaining a testimony of the truth of it. This he for a while, refused to do; but finally yielded to her persuasions; and took the book and commenced perusing the same, calling upon God for the testimony of his spirit: The result of which was, they were in a short time both baptized. They gave the book to , Mrs Green’s brother who read it and commenced preaching it forthwith.
It was next handed to ; and from him to Mrs. [Fanny Young] Murray, his sister; who is also the mother of ’s wife. They all received the work without hesitancy, and rejoiced in the truth thereof. , at the time, was in , preaching the Methodist doctrine; but, as soon as became convinced of the truth of the gospel, as contained in the Book of Mormon, he went straightway to his brother , and persuaded him to cease preaching methodism, and embrace the truth; as set forth in the Book of Mormon which he carried with him. Thus, was this book, the means of [p. 187]
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