Lucy Mack Smith, History, 1845

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apart for this ministry mision, with the necessary clothing; which  was no easy task as the most of it, had to be manu factured out of the raw material. ’s health was  at this time quite delicate; yet she did not favor herself  on this account; but whatever her hands found to do, she  did with her might, untill she went so far beyond her  strength, that she brought upon herself a heavy fit of  sickness, which lasted for weeks. And, although her strength  was exhausted, still her spirits were the same; which in  fact, was always the case with her under the most trying circu[m] stances: And I have never seen a woman in my life, who  would endure every species of fatigue and hardship, from  month to month, and from year to year, with that un flinching courage, zeal and patience, which she has al ways done; for I know that which she has had to  endure; that she has been tossed upon the ocean of unc ertainty; that She has breasted the storm of persecution,  and buffeted the rage of man men and devils, untill she  has been swallowed up in a sea of trouble which have  borne down almost any other woman. It may be that  many I may yet have to encounter the same— I pray God  that this may not be the case; but should it be; may  they have grace given them according to their day, even  as has been the case with her. But to return.
“As soon as those men, designated in the revela tion, were prepared to leave home, they started on their  mission, preaching and baptizing on their way wherev er an opportunity offered. On their rout they passed  through ; where they preached a short time, a nd raised up a church of 20 or 30 members. Before  leaving this place, they addressed a letter to Joseph  desirering him to send an Elder to preside over the  Branch which they had raised up. Accordingly, Joseph [p. 190]
apart for this mision, with the necessary clothing; which was no easy task as the most of it, had to be manufactured out of the raw material. ’s health was at this time quite delicate; yet she did not favor herself on this account; but whatever her hands found to do, she did with her might, untill she went so far beyond her strength, that she brought upon herself a heavy fit of sickness, which lasted for weeks. And, although her strength was exhausted, still her spirits were the same; which in fact, was always the case with her under the most trying circumstances: And I have never seen a woman in my life, who would endure every species of fatigue and hardship, from month to month, and from year to year, with that unflinching courage, zeal and patience, which she has always done; for I know that which she has had to endure; that she has been tossed upon the ocean of uncertainty; that She has breasted the storm of persecution, and buffeted the rage of men and devils, untill she has been swallowed up in a sea of trouble which have borne down almost any other woman. It may be that many may yet have to encounter the same— I pray God that this may not be the case; but should it be; may they have grace given them according to their day, even as has been the case with her. But to return.
“As soon as those men, designated in the revelation, were prepared to leave home, they started on their mission, preaching and baptizing on their way wherever an opportunity offered. On their rout they passed through ; where they preached a short time, and raised up a church of 20 or 30 members. Before leaving this place, they addressed a letter to Joseph desirering him to send an Elder to preside over the Branch which they had raised up. Accordingly, Joseph [p. 190]
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