Lucy Mack Smith, History, 1845

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their enemies: which opposition was so great, that we were  compelled to keep a guard upon <around> the walls every night <much of the time> after  they were commenced, untill they were completed; and they “Gave  no sleep to their eyes, nor slumber to their eyelids, until they  found a place for the Lord, a habitation for the mighty God  of Jacob”
and were then boarding with  me; they devoted their whole <much of> time to making and mending clothes  for the men, who were employed on the house. There was but  one main spring to all our thoughts and actions; and that was,  the building of the .
I often wonder when I hear brethren and sisters complain at  the trifling inconveniences, which they have to suffer in these days;  and I think to myself, that salvation is worth as much now, as  it was in the commencment of the work. But “all like the  purchase, few the price would pay.” How often I have parted  every bed in the house for the accomodation of the brethren,  and then laid a single blanket on the floor for myself and   and , while Joseph and slept upon the  same floor, with nothing but their cloaks for both beds  and bedding.
At this time <In Jany. 1832>, , my ’s brother was  lying very low with the consumption; <in , New York.> and although he was un unable <hardly able> to stand upon his feet without assistance, he resolved  upon being baptized; which he <was> accordingly did <done> <on the> <10th Jan 7 1832> and <he> was imme diately healed. In a short time he removed his family to , where he settled himself with the church. Not lo ng after arrived, my oldest daughter, was taken sick, her symptoms soon became so alarmi ng, that her sent for a physician, who, after atten ding upon her some time, pronounced her beyond the reach of m edicine, and therefore discontinued his visits. As she did  not speak nor turn herself in bed, many supposed her to be [p. 227]
their enemies: which opposition was so great, that we were compelled to keep a guard around the walls much of the time , untill they were completed; and they “Gave no sleep to their eyes, nor slumber to their eyelids, until they found a place for the Lord, a habitation for the mighty God of Jacob”
and were then boarding with me; they devoted their much of time to making and mending clothes for the men, who were employed on the house. There was but one main spring to all our thoughts and actions; and that was, the building of the .
I often wonder when I hear brethren and sisters complain at the trifling inconveniences, which they have to suffer in these days; and I think to myself, that salvation is worth as much now, as it was in the commencment of the work. But “all like the purchase, few the price would pay.” How often I have parted every bed in the house for the accomodation of the brethren, and then laid a single blanket on the floor for myself and and , while Joseph and slept upon the same floor, with nothing but their cloaks for both beds and bedding.
In Jany. 1832, , my ’s brother was lying very low with the consumption; in , New York. and although he was hardly able to stand upon his feet without assistance, he resolved upon being baptized; was done on the 10th and he was immediately healed. In a short time he removed his family to , where he settled himself with the church. Not long after arrived, my oldest daughter, was taken sick, her symptoms soon became so alarming, that her sent for a physician, who, after attending upon her some time, pronounced her beyond the reach of medicine, and therefore discontinued his visits. As she did not speak nor turn herself in bed, many supposed her to be [p. 227]
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