Lucy Mack Smith, History, 1845

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despatched to take the presidency of the  church at ; and when he arrived there those  appointed to go to , proceeded on their mission  preaching and baptizing as before
In December the same year, Joseph appointed a mee ting at our house; and while he was presiding and came in and seated the mselves in the congregation. When Joseph had finished  his discourse, he gave all the privilege of speaking who  had any remarks to make. Upon this  rose and stated, that he had been to , with  the view of obtaining information respecting the doctrine  which we preached; that, not finding us, he had made  some enquiry of our neighbors concerning our character;  which they stated had been unimpeachable untill Joseph  deceived us relative to the Book of Mormon; he also said,  that he had walked over our farm, and observed the good  order and industry which it exhibited; and having seen  what we had sacraficed for the sake of our faith; also,  having heard that our veracity was not questioned upon  any other point than that of our religion, he believed  our testimony and was ready to be baptized, “if” said  he “brother Joseph will baptize me
“You are now” replied Joseph much fatigued, , and you had better rest to day, and be  baptized to morrow.”
“Just as brother Joseph thinks <best,> said , I  am ready at any time”
He was accordingly baptized the next day; and be fore he left, my returned home from prison,  bringing with him considerable clothing, which he had  earned at coopering in the jail yard.
The latter part of the same month, Joseph received [p. 191]
despatched to take the presidency of the church at ; and when he arrived there those appointed to go to , proceeded on their mission preaching and baptizing as before
In December the same year, Joseph appointed a meeting at our house; and while he was presiding and came in and seated themselves in the congregation. When Joseph had finished his discourse, he gave all the privilege of speaking who had any remarks to make. Upon this rose and stated, that he had been to , with the view of obtaining information respecting the doctrine which we preached; that, not finding us, he had made some enquiry of our neighbors concerning our character; which they stated had been unimpeachable untill Joseph deceived us relative to the Book of Mormon; he also said, that he had walked over our farm, and observed the good order and industry which it exhibited; and having seen what we had sacraficed for the sake of our faith; also, having heard that our veracity was not questioned upon any other point than that of our religion, he believed our testimony and was ready to be baptized, “if” said he “brother Joseph will baptize me
“You are now” replied Joseph much fatigued, , and you had better rest to day, and be baptized to morrow.”
“Just as brother Joseph thinks best, said , I am ready at any time”
He was accordingly baptized the next day; and before he left, my returned home from prison, bringing with him considerable clothing, which he had earned at coopering in the jail yard.
The latter part of the same month, Joseph received [p. 191]
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