Lucy Mack Smith, History, 1845

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thou forsaken this family? <A voice replied, I have taken them to myself that they might have rest> was carried back to her room in a state of almost insensibility. Her oldest approached the corpse and dropped upon his knees, and laying his cheek against his father’s; then kissing him, he exclaimed: Oh, my father! my father!! As for myself, I was swallowed up in the depth of my afflictions; and though my soul was filled with horror past imagination; yet I was dumb until I arose again to contemplate the spectacle before me. Oh, at that moment how my mind flew through every scene of sorrow and distress, which we had passed together; in which they had shown the innocence and sympathy which filled their guileless hearts: and, as I looked uppon their peaceful, smiling countenances, I seemed to almost hear them say: , weep not for us; we have overcome the world by love; we carried to them the gospel, that their souls might be saved— they slew us for our testimony, and thus placed us beyond their power— their ascendancy is for a moment— ours is an eternal triumph.
I then thought upon the promise which I had received in , that, in five years Joseph should have power over all his enemies: The time had elapsed and the promise was fulfilled.
I left the scene and returned to my room, to ponder upon the calamities of my family. Soon after this said; “, I have had a dreadful distress in my side ever since I was chased by the mob, and I think I have received some injury which is going to make me sick.” And indeed he was then not able to sit up; for [p. 313]
thou forsaken this family? A voice replied, I have taken them to myself that they might have rest was carried back to her room in a state of almost insensibility. Her oldest approached the corpse and dropped upon his knees, and laying his cheek against his father’s; then kissing him, he exclaimed: Oh, my father! my father!! As for myself, I was swallowed up in the depth of my afflictions; and though my soul was filled with horror past imagination; yet I was dumb until I arose again to contemplate the spectacle before me. Oh, at that moment how my mind flew through every scene of sorrow and distress, which we had passed together; in which they had shown the innocence and sympathy which filled their guileless hearts: and, as I looked uppon their peaceful, smiling countenances, I seemed to almost hear them say: , weep not for us; we have overcome the world by love; we carried to them the gospel, that their souls might be saved— they slew us for our testimony, and thus placed us beyond their power— their ascendancy is for a moment— ours is an eternal triumph.
I then thought upon the promise which I had received in , that, in five years Joseph should have power over all his enemies: The time had elapsed and the promise was fulfilled.
I left the scene and returned to my room, to ponder upon the calamities of my family. Soon after this said; “, I have had a dreadful distress in my side ever since I was chased by the mob, and I think I have received some injury which is going to make me sick.” And indeed he was then not able to sit up; for [p. 313]
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