Lucy Mack Smith, History, 1845

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in the midst of the church: My daughters  too were with me; and from thier society I deri ved great comfort.
The church at this time was in a state of  gloomy suspense; not knowing who was to take  the place of Joseph they were greatly wrought upon  with anxiety lest an imposter should arise and  decieve many.— Suddenly  made his appearance from , and rather  insinuated that the church ought to make choice  of him— not as president, but as guardian; for  Joseph, he said, was still president, and the  church was still president and the church must  be built up unto him.
But before he could cary his measures into  effect, the twelve, who had also been absent,  arrived; and assuming thier proper places, all  was set to rights.
, however, did not return till the  spring of 1845. when, with great difficulty, he  arrived with his wife in ; but she lived  only a short time after her arrival; for, in about  two weeks, to complete the sum of ’s  afflictions, he followed Caroline to the grave.  Her disease was brought on by her exposures in  ; she was therefore what might be term ed termed an indirect martyr to the cause  of Christ. This makes the sum of martyrs in  our family, no less than six in number.
Shortly after ’s return from the East,  he was ordained Patriach of the church in the  place of ; who held the keys of that  Priesthood previous to his death; after which, by  right it belonged to ; but, in consequence [p. 315]
in the midst of the church: My daughters too were with me; and from thier society I derived great comfort.
The church at this time was in a state of gloomy suspense; not knowing who was to take the place of Joseph they were greatly wrought upon with anxiety lest an imposter should arise and decieve many.— Suddenly made his appearance from , and rather insinuated that the church ought to make choice of him— not as president, but as guardian; for Joseph, he said, was still president, and the church was still president and the church must be built up unto him.
But before he could cary his measures into effect, the twelve, who had also been absent, arrived; and assuming thier proper place, all was set to rights.
, however, did not return till the spring of 1845. when, with great difficulty, he arrived with his wife in ; but she lived only a short time after her arrival; for, in about two weeks, to complete the sum of ’s afflictions, he followed Caroline to the grave. Her disease was brought on by her exposures in ; she was therefore what might be termed an indirect martyr to the cause of Christ. This makes the sum of martyrs in our family, no less than six in number.
Shortly after ’s return from the East, he was ordained Patriach of the church in the place of ; who held the keys of that Priesthood previous to his death; after which, by right it belonged to ; but, in consequence [p. 315]
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