Journal, 1832–1834

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Joseph Smith 1832 . < 3–4 > [front cover]
27 November 1832 • Tuesday
Joseph Smith Jrs— Record Book Baught for to note all the minute circumstances that comes under my observation
Joseph Smith Jrs Book for Record Baught on the 27th of November 1832 for the purpose to keep a minute acount of all things that come under my obsevation &c— —
oh may God grant that I may be directed in all my thaughts O bless thy Servent Amen [p. 1]
28 November 1832 • Wednesday
November 28th this day I have [spent?] in reading and writing this Evening my mind is calm and serene for which I thank the Lord
29 November 1832 • Thursday
November 29th this day road from to to see my Sister and also came to see my Sister and found them all [well?]
this Evening Brother Prophcyed tha[t] next spring I should go to the city of to establish a and within one year I should go to the city of the Lord spare me the life of thy servent Amen [p. 2]
30 November 1832 • Friday
November 30th 1830 [1832] this day returned home to found all well to the Joy and satisfaction of my soul on my return home stopped at Mr Kings bore testmony to him and Family &c—
1 December 1832 • Saturday
December 1th <bore testimony to mr Gilmore> wrote and corrected revelations &c
2 December 1832 • Sunday
December 2th the sabath went to went to meeting &c
3 December 1832 • Monday
December 3d with my own also came to see me from the East & braught news from Brother and &c. also held a in the Evening Br Jese and Mogan and was excommunicated from the church &c— [p. 3]
4 December 1832 • Tuesday
December 4th this day I been unwell done but litle been at home all day regulated some of my things this Evening feel better in my mind then I have for a few days back Oh Lord deliver out thy servent out of temtations and fill his heart with wisdom and understanding
5 December 1832 • Wednesday
December 5th this day wrote leters copying letters and translating and in evening held a council to advise with Brother it was ordered by the council that he should be a companion with Brothe[r] in the work of the ministry
6 December 1832 • Thursday
December 6th translating and received a Revelation explaining the Parable the wheat and the tears [tares] &c [p. 4]

Editorial Note
Ten months passed before JS wrote another entry. In that period he dictated several revelations as he continued revising the Bible, completing his work in July 1833. Organizing and meeting with the School of the Prophets occupied much of his time from January through April. In June, JS and the presidency developed plans for temples in and and for expanded Mormon settlement in each city. In August, JS learned that during the previous month vigilantes had destroyed the church’s printing office and store in and that the Missouri Latter-day Saints had signed an agreement to evacuate Jackson County by spring 1834. In September, JS helped organize efforts in Kirtland to resume the church’s printing operations. JS renewed his journal keeping in October 1833 as he prepared to proselytize in northeastern Pennsylvania, western , and . After he returned to Kirtland a month later, journal entries continued for several weeks.

4 October 1833 • Friday
October 4th <1833> makeing preperation to go East with
A request of Brother to call on his Brother in Law Peter Worrin upper Cannada
Richard Lyman request of
5 October 1833 • Saturday
5th this day to the East came to <stayed>
6–12 October 1833 • Sunday–Saturday
6th arrived at <on the sabbath > found the Brotheren in meeting spake to the people &c— and in the [p. 5] <Evening> held a meeting at a had a great congregation paid good attention Oh God Seal our te[s]timony to their hearts Amen continued at untill tuesday the 8th Journeyed that day to at taried there over night came the next day to a tavern the next day thursday the 10th we ar[ri]ved at es at the breatheren by a previous appointment met there for meeting we spake to them as the spirite gave [p. 6]
<Evening> held a meeting at a had a great congregation paid good attention Oh God Seal our te[s]timony to their hearts Amen continued at untill tuesday the 8th Journeyed that day to at taried there over night came the next day to a tavern the next day thursday the 10th we ar[ri]ved at es at the breatheren by a previous appointment met there for meeting we spake to them as the spirite gave [p. 6] utterence they were greatly gratifyed they appeared to be strong in the faith left there friday the 11 and came to the house of an infidel by the Name of Nash reasond with him but to no effect came Saturday the 12th [to?] the house of of I feel very well in my mind the Lord is with us but have much anxiety about my family &c;—
utterence they were greatly gratifyed they appeared to be strong in the faith left there friday the 11 and came to the house of an infidel by the Name of Nash reasond with him but to no effect came Saturday the 12th [to?] the house of of I feel very well in my mind the Lord is with us but have much anxiety about my family &c;—
13 October 1833 • Sunday
Sunday the 13th held a meeting hald at had a large congregation preached & I bear record to the people the Lord gave his spirit in [p. 7] marvilous man[n]er for which I am thankful to the god of Ab[r]aham Lord bless my family and preserve them
marvilous man[n]er for which I am thankful to the god of Ab[r]aham Lord bless my family and preserve them
14–18 October 1833 • Monday–Friday
Monday 14th at the same place this day expect to start for Lord be with us on our Journy Amen &c monday evening arived at had an appointment preached to a small congregation made an appointment for tuesday at 10 o clock the 15th the meeting was appointed to be held in the Presbeterian meeting house [p. 8] but when the hour arived the man who kept the key of the house refused to open the door the meeting was thus prevented we came immedeately away and left the people in great confusion journeyed till satturday friday 17 [18] Arived at ’s in having after we came into passed through a very fine country and f well cultivated and had many peculiar feelings in relation to both the country and people we were kindly received at s [p. 9]
but when the hour arived the man who kept the key of the house refused to open the door the meeting was thus prevented we came immedeately away and left the people in great confusion journeyed till satturday friday 17 [18] Arived at ’s in having after we came into passed through a very fine country and f well cultivated and had many peculiar feelings in relation to both the country and people we were kindly received at s [p. 9]
20–25 October 1833 • Sunday–Friday
On Sunday the 19th [20th] held meeting at on Sunday at 10 o clock to a very attentive congregation at candle lighting the same evening held meeting at where lived to a very large congregation which gave good heed to the things which were spoken what may be the result we cannot tell but the p[r]ospect is flattering this morning Monday the 20 [21] . enjoy pretty good [p. 10] health with good prospects of doing good calculate to stay in till the Monday of next week then the Lord willing will start for home. left tuesday and arived at the Village of held meeting at candle lighting the evening was very bad snowing vehemently we were publickly opposed by a Wesleyen Methodist he was very tumultious but destitute of reason or knawledge he would not [p. 11]
health with good prospects of doing good calculate to stay in till the Monday of next week then the Lord willing will start for home. left tuesday and arived at the Village of held meeting at candle lighting the evening was very bad snowing vehemently we were publickly opposed by a Wesleyen Methodist he was very tumultious but destitute of reason or knawledge he would not [p. 11] give us an oppertunity to reply this was on the 22nd we find that conviction is resting on the minds of some we hope that great good may yet be done in which O Lord grant for thy names sake. during our stay at we [had?] an interview with a Mr Wilkeson of the methodist order being a leader in that sect he could not stand against our words whether he will receive the the truth the Lord only knows he seemed to [be?] honest [p. 12]
give us an oppertunity to reply this was on the 22nd we find that conviction is resting on the minds of some we hope that great good may yet be done in which O Lord grant for thy names sake. during our stay at we [had?] an interview with a Mr Wilkeson of the methodist order being a leader in that sect he could not stand against our words whether he will receive the the truth the Lord only knows he seemed to [be?] honest [p. 12] Written at wednesday morning the 23 at the house of a Mr Bemer left s on thursday 24 came to held meeting at 1 o clock to spoke to a small congregation being a very wet day after meeting returned to and held meeting at at candle lighting to a large congregation one man declared his full beleif in the truth of the work is with who is also convinced to be on sunday great excitement [p. 13]
Written at wednesday morning the 23 at the house of a Mr Bemer left s on thursday 24 came to held meeting at 1 o clock to spoke to a small congregation being a very wet day after meeting returned to and held meeting at at candle lighting to a large congregation one man declared his full beleif in the truth of the work is with who is also convinced to be on sunday great excitement [p. 13] prevailes in every place where we have been the result we leave in the hand of God. written at the house of in on friday morning the 24th [25th] this afternoon at Mr Pattricks expect to hold a Meeting this Evening &c— people very superstitious Oh God esta[b]lish thy word among this people held a meeting this Evenning had an attentive conngregation the spirit gave utterance [p. 14]
prevailes in every place where we have been the result we leave in the hand of God. written at the house of in on friday morning the 24th [25th] this afternoon at Mr Pattricks expect to hold a Meeting this Evening &c— people very superstitious Oh God esta[b]lish thy word among this people held a meeting this Evenning had an attentive conngregation the spirit gave utterance [p. 14]
26 October 1833 • Saturday
Saterday 25th [26th] held a meeting at the people very tender
27–28 October 1833 • Sunday–Monday
Sunday 26 [27] held a meeting in . to a large congregation twelve came forward and was and many more were deeply impressed appointed a meeting for this day monday the 27 [28] at the request of some who desires to be baptized at candle lighting held a meeting for we for the gift of the holy spirit had a good [p. 15] meeting the spirit was given in great to power to some and the rest had great pease peace may God carry on his work in this place till all shall know him Amen. Held meeting yesterday at 10 o clock after meeting two came forward and were baptized confirmed them at the watters edge held meeting last evening br to the office of had a good meeting one of the sisters got the [p. 16]
meeting the spirit was given in great to power to some and the rest had great pease peace may God carry on his work in this place till all shall know him Amen. Held meeting yesterday at 10 o clock after meeting two came forward and were baptized confirmed them at the watters edge held meeting last evening br to the office of had a good meeting one of the sisters got the [p. 16] gift of toungues which made the saints rejoice may God increse the gifts among them for his sons sake this morning we bend our course for home may the Lord prosper our journey Amen
gift of toungues which made the saints rejoice may God increse the gifts among them for his sons sake this morning we bend our course for home may the Lord prosper our journey Amen
29 October 1833 • Tuesday
Tuesday the 29th left for home
30–31 October 1833 • Wednesday–Thursday
30th continued on our Journy Wensday and on Thirsday 31st arrived at
1–4 November 1833 • Friday–Monday
Friday 32th Started from [p. 17] Friday, November 1. Left <Nove> , N. Y. at 8 o’clock A.M. and Monday the 4th at 10 , A.M. found my family all well according to the promise of the Lord . for which blessings I feel to thank his holy name ; Amen.
Friday, November 1. Left <Nove> , N. Y. at 8 o’clock A.M. and Monday the 4th at 10 , A.M. found my family all well according to the promise of the Lord . for which blessings I feel to thank his holy name ; Amen.
5–13 November 1833 • Tuesday–Wednesday
November 13th nothing of of note transpired from the 4th of Noveber u[n]til this day in the morning at 4 Oh clock I was awoke by Brother Davis knocking at <my> door saying Brother Joseph [p. 18] come git <up> and see the signs in the heavens and I arrose and beheld to my great Joy the stars fall from heaven yea they fell like hail stones a litteral fullfillment of the word of God as recorded in the holy scriptures and a sure sign that the coming of Christ is clost at hand Oh how marvellous are thy works Oh Lord and I thank thee for thy me[r]cy unto me thy servent Oh Lord save me in thy kingdom for Christ sake Amen [p. 19]
come git <up> and see the signs in the heavens and I arrose and beheld to my great Joy the stars fall from heaven yea they fell like hail stones a litteral fullfillment of the word of God as recorded in the holy scriptures and a sure sign that the coming of Christ is clost at hand Oh how marvellous are thy works Oh Lord and I thank thee for thy me[r]cy unto me thy servent Oh Lord save me in thy kingdom for Christ sake Amen [p. 19]
14–19 November 1833 • Thursday–Tuesday
November 19th from the 13th u[n]till this date of nothing of note has transpired since the great sign in the heavins this day my <hart> is somewhat sorrowfull but feel to trust in the Lord the god of Jacob I I have learned in my travels that man is trecheous [treacherous] and selfish but few excepted is a man whom I love but is not capab[le] of that pure and stedfast love for those who are his benefactors as should posess possess the breast of an man a of the [p. 20] this with some other little things such as a selfish and indipendance of mind which to[o] often manifest distroys the confidence of those who would lay down their lives for him but notwithstanding these things he is <a> very great and good man a man of great power of words and can <gain> the friendship of his hearrers very quick he is a man whom god will uphold if he will continue faithful to his calling O God grant that he may for the Lords sake Amen [p. 21]
this with some other little things such as a selfish and indipendance of mind which to[o] often manifest distroys the confidence of those who would lay down their lives for him but notwithstanding these things he is <a> very great and good man a man of great power of words and can <gain> the friendship of his hearrers very quick he is a man whom god will uphold if he will continue faithful to his calling O God grant that he may for the Lords sake Amen [p. 21] the man who willeth to do well we should extall his virtues and speak not of his faults behind his back a man who willfuly turneth away from his friend without a cause is not lightly <easily> to be fogiven <forgiven.> the kindness of a man <should> is never to be forgotten that person who never forsaketh his trust should ever have the highest place for regard in our hearts and our love should never fail but increase more and more and this my disposition and sentiment &c Amen [p. 22]
the man who willeth to do well we should extall his virtues and speak not of his faults behind his back a man who willfuly turneth away from his friend without a cause is not lightly <easily> to be fogiven <forgiven.> the kindness of a man <should> is never to be forgotten that person who never forsaketh his trust should ever have the highest place for regard in our hearts and our love should never fail but increase more and more and this my disposition and sentiment &c Amen [p. 22] is a man who is one of those men in whom I place the greatest confidence and trust for I have found him ever full of love and Brotherly kindness he is not a man of many words but is ever wining because of his constant mind he shall ever have place in my heart and is ever intitled to my confidence He is perfectly honest and upright , and seeks with all his heart to magnify his presidency in the church of ch[r]ist , but fails in many instances , in consequence of a lack <want> of confidence in himself : God grant that he may [p. 23]
is a man who is one of those men in whom I place the greatest confidence and trust for I have found him ever full of love and Brotherly kindness he is not a man of many words but is ever wining because of his constant mind he shall ever have place in my heart and is ever intitled to my confidence He is perfectly honest and upright , and seeks with all his heart to magnify his presidency in the church of ch[r]ist , but fails in many instances , in consequence of a lack <want> of confidence in himself : God grant that he may [p. 23] overcome all evil : Blessed be , for he shall never want a friend; and his generation after him shall flourish. The Lord hath appointed him an inheritance upon the land of . Yea, and his head shall blossom< . And he shall be> as an olive branch that is bowed down with fruit : even so ; Amen.
overcome all evil : Blessed be , for he shall never want a friend; and his generation after him shall flourish. The Lord hath appointed him an inheritance upon the land of . Yea, and his head shall blossom< . And he shall be> as an olive branch that is bowed down with fruit : even so ; Amen.
And again, blessed be , also, notwithstanding he shall be high and lifted up, yet he shall bow down under the yoke like unto an ass that [p. 24] coucheth beneath his burthen; that learneth his master’s <will> by the stroke of the rod: thus saith the Lord. Yet the Lord will have mercy on him, and he shall bring forth much fruit; even as the vin vine of the choice grape when her clusters are <is> ripe, before the time of the gleaning of the vintage: and the Lord shall make his heart merry as with sweet wine because of him who putteth forth his hand and lifteth him up from <out of> deep mire, and pointeth him out the way, and guideth his [p. 25]
coucheth beneath his burthen; that learneth his master’s <will> by the stroke of the rod: thus saith the Lord. Yet the Lord will have mercy on him, and he shall bring forth much fruit; even as the vin vine of the choice grape when her clusters are <is> ripe, before the time of the gleaning of the vintage: and the Lord shall make his heart merry as with sweet wine because of him who putteth forth his hand and lifteth him up from <out of> deep mire, and pointeth him out the way, and guideth his [p. 25] feet when he stumbles; and humbleth him in his pride. Blessed are his generations. Nevertheless, one shall hunt after them as a man hunteth after an ass that hath strayed in the wilderness, & straitway findeth him and bringeth him into the fold. Thus shall the Lord watch over his generation that they may be saved: even so; Amen.
feet when he stumbles; and humbleth him in his pride. Blessed are his generations. Nevertheless, one shall hunt after them as a man hunteth after an ass that hath strayed in the wilderness, & straitway findeth him and bringeth him into the fold. Thus shall the Lord watch over his generation that they may be saved: even so; Amen.
Retrospective Note regarding Baptisms
on the 13th and 14th days of October the I the following person in in viz [p. 26]
Andrew Rose
Harvey John Cooper
Mary Gates
Mary Birch [Burtch]
Elisabeth Gibbs
Phebe Cook
Margrett Birch [Margaret Burtch]
Esthe Birch [Esther Burtch]
25 November 1833 • Monday
25th Nove. Brothe[r] & [p. 27] returned from and of the riot in Zion with the inhabitants in pers[e]cuting the breth[r]en.
returned from and of the riot in Zion with the inhabitants in pers[e]cuting the breth[r]en.
4–6 December 1833 • Wednesday–Friday
the 4th Dec commenced distributing the type. and commenced setting on the 6 and being prepared to commenced commence our Labours in the printing buisness I ask God in the [p. 28] name of Jesus to establish it for ever and cause that his word may speedely go for[th] t[o] the Nations of the earth to the accomplishing of his great work in bringing about the
name of Jesus to establish it for ever and cause that his word may speedely go for[th] t[o] the Nations of the earth to the accomplishing of his great work in bringing about the
22 November 1833 • Friday
Nov 22d— 1833 my brother came to live with me and also Learn th[e] printing art [p. 29]
9 December 1833 • Monday
on the 9 of Dec bro came to board with me to board rent & Lodge at one dollar & twenty five cents p[er] week
11 December 1833 • Wednesday
Bro Wilbor [Wilbur] Denton came to board 11 Dec at one Dollar and twenty five cents p[e]r week
18 December 1833 • Wednesday
1833 Dec. 18 This day the Elders assembled togeth[er] in the [p. 30] and then proceded to bow down before the Lord and dedicate the printing press and all that pertains thereunto to God by mine own hand and confirmed by bro and and then proceded to take the first proof sheet of the star edited by Bro blessed of the Lord is nevertheless there are [p. 31]
and then proceded to bow down before the Lord and dedicate the printing press and all that pertains thereunto to God by mine own hand and confirmed by bro and and then proceded to take the first proof sheet of the star edited by Bro blessed of the Lord is nevertheless there are [p. 31] are two evils in him that he must needs forsake or he cannot altogeth[er] escape the buffettings of the advers[ar]y if he shall forsak these evils he shall be forgiven and shall be made like unto the bow which the Lord hath set in the heavens he shall be a sign and an ensign unto the nations behold he is blessed of the Lord for his constancy [p. 32]
are two evils in him that he must needs forsake or he cannot altogeth[er] escape the buffettings of the advers[ar]y if he shall forsak these evils he shall be forgiven and shall be made like unto the bow which the Lord hath set in the heavens he shall be a sign and an ensign unto the nations behold he is blessed of the Lord for his constancy [p. 32] and steadfastness in the work of the Lord wherefore he shall be blessed in his generation and they shall never be cut off and he shall be helped out of many troubles and if he keep the commandmend <commandments> and harken unto the <council of the> Lord his and his rest shall be glorious and again blessed of the Lord is and also and my brothers and my sisters for they shall [p. 33]
and steadfastness in the work of the Lord wherefore he shall be blessed in his generation and they shall never be cut off and he shall be helped out of many troubles and if he keep the commandmend <commandments> and harken unto the <council of the> Lord his and his rest shall be glorious and again blessed of the Lord is and also and my brothers and my sisters for they shall [p. 33] yet find redemption in the and their of[f]springs shall be a blessing a Joy and a comfort unto them blessed is for her soul is ever fill[ed] with benevolence and phylanthropy and notwithstanding her age yet she shall receive strength and shall be comferted in the midst of her house and she shall have eternal life and blessed is for the hand of the Lord shall be [p. 34]
yet find redemption in the and their of[f]springs shall be a blessing a Joy and a comfort unto them blessed is for her soul is ever fill[ed] with benevolence and phylanthropy and notwithstanding her age yet she shall receive strength and shall be comferted in the midst of her house and she shall have eternal life and blessed is for the hand of the Lord shall be [p. 34] over him for he shall see the affliction <of his children> pass away and when his head is fully ripe he shall behold himself as an olive tree whose branches are bowed down with much fruit he shall also possess a mansion on high blessed of the Lord is my brothe[r] for the integrity of his heart he shall be girt about with truth and faithfulness shall be the strength of his loins [p. 35]
over him for he shall see the affliction <of his children> pass away and when his head is fully ripe he shall behold himself as an olive tree whose branches are bowed down with much fruit he shall also possess a mansion on high blessed of the Lord is my brothe[r] for the integrity of his heart he shall be girt about with truth and faithfulness shall be the strength of his loins [p. 35] from generation to generation he shall be a shaft in the hand of his God to exicute Judgment upon his enemies and he shall be hid by the hand of the Lord that none of his secret parts shall be discovered unto his hu[r]t his name shall be accounted a blessing among men and when he is in trouble and great tribulation hath come upon him [p. 36]
from generation to generation he shall be a shaft in the hand of his God to exicute Judgment upon his enemies and he shall be hid by the hand of the Lord that none of his secret parts shall be discovered unto his hu[r]t his name shall be accounted a blessing among men and when he is in trouble and great tribulation hath come upon him [p. 36] he shall remember the God of Jacob and he will shield him from the power of satan and he shall receive councl <councel> in the house of the most high that he may be streng[t]hened in hope that the goings <of his feet> may be established for ever blessed of the Lord is because the Lord shall say unto him Saml., Saml., therefore he shall be made a teache[r] in [p. 37]
he shall remember the God of Jacob and he will shield him from the power of satan and he shall receive councl <councel> in the house of the most high that he may be streng[t]hened in hope that the goings <of his feet> may be established for ever blessed of the Lord is because the Lord shall say unto him Saml., Saml., therefore he shall be made a teache[r] in [p. 37] the and the Lord shall mature his mind in Judgment and thereby he shall obtain the esteem and fellowship of his brethren and his soul shall be established and he shall benefit th[e] because he shall obtain answer to prayer in his faithfulness— is as the firce Lion [p. 38]
the and the Lord shall mature his mind in Judgment and thereby he shall obtain the esteem and fellowship of his brethren and his soul shall be established and he shall benefit th[e] because he shall obtain answer to prayer in his faithfulness— is as the firce Lion [p. 38] who devideth not the spoil because of his strength and in the pride of his heart he will neglect the more weightier weighty matters until his soul is bowed down in sorrow and then he shall return and call on th[e] name of his God and shall find forgivness and shall wax valient therefor he shall be saved unto the utter most and as the [p. 39]
who devideth not the spoil because of his strength and in the pride of his heart he will neglect the more weightier weighty matters until his soul is bowed down in sorrow and then he shall return and call on th[e] name of his God and shall find forgivness and shall wax valient therefor he shall be saved unto the utter most and as the [p. 39] roaring Lion of the forest in the midst of his prey so shall the hand of his generation be lifted up against those who are set on high that fight against the God of Israel fearless and unda[u]nted shall they be in battle in avenging the rongs of th[e] innocent and relieving the oppressed therfor the blessings of the God of Jacob [p. 40]
roaring Lion of the forest in the midst of his prey so shall the hand of his generation be lifted up against those who are set on high that fight against the God of Israel fearless and unda[u]nted shall they be in battle in avenging the rongs of th[e] innocent and relieving the oppressed therfor the blessings of the God of Jacob [p. 40] shall be in the midst of his house notwithstanding his rebelious heart and <now> O God let the residue of s house ever come up in remembrance before thee that thou mayest save them from the hand of the oppressor and establish their feet upon the rock of ages that they may have place in thy house and be saved in thy Kingdom [p. 41]
shall be in the midst of his house notwithstanding his rebelious heart and <now> O God let the residue of s house ever come up in remembrance before thee that thou mayest save them from the hand of the oppressor and establish their feet upon the rock of ages that they may have place in thy house and be saved in thy Kingdom [p. 41] and let all these things be even as I have said for Christs sake Amen
and let all these things be even as I have said for Christs sake Amen
19 December 1833 • Thursday
Dec 19 This day Bros and took their Journey to the Land of for the purpose of bearing dispatches to the Brethren in that place from Kirtland o may God grant it a blessing for Zion as a kind Angel from heaven Amen [p. 42]
16 January 1834 • Thursday
January 16th 1834 this night at Brother came from home Oh Lord keep us and my Family safe untill I can return to them again Oh my God have mercy on my Bretheren in for Christ Sake Amen
11 January 1834 • Saturday
January 11, 1834. This evening Joseph Smith Jr., , , , , and united in prayer and asked the Lord to grant the following petition: [p. 43]
Firstly, That the Lord would grant that our lives might be precious in his sight, that he would watch over our persons and give his angels charge concerning us and our families that no evil nor unseen hand might be permitted to harm us.
Secondly, That the Lord would also hold the lives of all the , and not suffer that any of them shall be taken.
Thirdly, That the Lord would grant that our brother Joseph might prevail over [p. 44] his enemy, even , who has threatened his life, whom brother Joseph has <caused to be> taken with a precept; that the Lord would fill the heart of the Court with a spirit to do justice, and cause that the law of the land may be magnified in bringing him to justice.
his enemy, even , who has threatened his life, whom brother Joseph has <caused to be> taken with a precept; that the Lord would fill the heart of the Court with a spirit to do justice, and cause that the law of the land may be magnified in bringing him to justice.
Fourthly, That the Lord would provide, in the order of his Providence, the of this Church with means sufficient to discharge every debt that the Firm owes, in due season, that [p. 45] the Church may not be braught into disrepute, and the saints be afflicted by the hands of their enemies.
the Church may not be braught into disrepute, and the saints be afflicted by the hands of their enemies.
Fifthly, That the Lord would protect our printing press from the hands of evil men, and give us means to send forth his word, even his gospel that the ears of all may hear it, and also that we may print his scriptures; and also that he would give those who were appointed to conduct the press, wisdom sufficient that the cause [p. 46] may not be hindered, but that men’s eyes may thereby be opened to see the truth.
may not be hindered, but that men’s eyes may thereby be opened to see the truth.
Sixthly, That the Lord would deliver , and in his scattered people, to possess it in peace; and also, while in their dispersion, that he would provide for them that they perish not with hunger nor cold. And finally, that God in the name of Jesus would gather his elect speedily, and unveil his face that his saints [p. 47] might behold his glory and dwell with him; Amen.
might behold his glory and dwell with him; Amen.
28 January 1834 • Tuesday
On the 13th of March A.D. 1833, came to my house; I conversed with him considerably about the book of Mormon. He was to the office of an in this Church under the hand of on the [blank] <18th> of March in the same year above written. According to my best recollection, I heard him say, in the [p. 48] course of conversing with him, that if he ever became convinced that the book of Mormon was false, he would be the cause of my destruction, &c.
course of conversing with him, that if he ever became convinced that the book of Mormon was false, he would be the cause of my destruction, &c.
He was tried before a counsel of on the 21st day of June , 1833 , and his restored to him again, it <he> previously having been taken by the Church at <cut off from the> Church by the . He was finally cut off from the church [p. 49] few days after having his license restored , on the 21st of June . and then saught the distruction of the sainst [saints] in this place and more particularly myself and family and as the Lord has in his mercy Delivered me out of his hand . till the present and also the church that he has not prevailed viz th[e] 28 day of Jany [p. 50]
few days after having his license restored , on the 21st of June . and then saught the distruction of the sainst [saints] in this place and more particularly myself and family and as the Lord has in his mercy Delivered me out of his hand . till the present and also the church that he has not prevailed viz th[e] 28 day of Jany [p. 50] 1834 for which I off[e]r the gratitud of my heart to Allmighty God for the sam[e] and on this night and and my self bowed before the Lord being agre[e]d and united in pray that God would continu to deliver me and my brethr[e]n from <him> that he may not prevail again[st] us in the law suit that is pending [p. 51]
1834 for which I off[e]r the gratitud of my heart to Allmighty God for the sam[e] and on this night and and my self bowed before the Lord being agre[e]d and united in pray that God would continu to deliver me and my brethr[e]n from <him> that he may not prevail again[st] us in the law suit that is pending [p. 51] and also that God would soften down the hearts of J[osiah] Jones & [Azariah] Lyman and also [Andrew] Bardsley that they might obey the gospel or if they would not repent that the lord would send faithful saints to purchase their farms that may be strengthened and <its> the borders enlarged O Lord grant it for Christ Sake Amen [p. 52]
and also that God would soften down the hearts of J[osiah] Jones & [Azariah] Lyman and also [Andrew] Bardsley that they might obey the gospel or if they would not repent that the lord would send faithful saints to purchase their farms that may be strengthened and <its> the borders enlarged O Lord grant it for Christ Sake Amen [p. 52]
31 January 1834 • Friday
31 Janry 1834 it is my prayer to the Lord that three thousand subscriber may be added to the Star in the term of three yea[rs]

Editorial Note
On 17 February 1834, JS organized a high council, which would serve “the purpose of settling important difficulties which might arise in the church.” A week later, on 24 February, the high council met at JS’s home to hear a report from and , envoys representing the Latter-day Saints in . When Wight and Pratt relayed the plight of their fellow exiles and expressed the desire of the Missouri Saints to return to their properties, JS “arose and said that he was going to Zion to assist in redeeming it.” A revelation dated the same day instructed eight men to travel east in pairs to solicit funds and recruit volunteers for an expedition to Missouri to reinstate exiled Mormons to their homes and property. The eight “journeyed two and two in different routes.” The revelation appointed JS to travel with Parley P. Pratt, Lyman Wight with , with , and with . Journal keeping resumed in late February as JS began his journey. For the next three weeks, JS and Pratt traveled together through western Pennsylvania and . The missionary pairs reunited at a conference in , New York, in mid-March.

26–28 February 1834 • Wednesday–Friday
Wensdy <Febuary> 26th to obtain Thursday 27th startted Started Stayed at 28th Stayed at a strangers who entertained us very kindly <<in> >
1–2 March 1834 • Saturday–Sunday
March 1th arived at and on the 2d the Sabath preached in this place and I preached in the evening had a good [p. 53] meeting there is a small church in this place tha[t] seem to be strong in th[e] faith Oh may God keep them in the faith and save them and lead them to
meeting there is a small church in this place tha[t] seem to be strong in th[e] faith Oh may God keep them in the faith and save them and lead them to
3 March 1834 • Monday
March 3d this morning intend to Started on our Journy to <the> east <But did not start> O may God bless us with the gift of utterance to accomplish the Journy and the Errand on which we are sent and return s◊◊ to the land of [p. 54] and <find> my Family all well O Lord bless my little children with health and long life to do good in th generation for Christs sake sake Amen
and <find> my Family all well O Lord bless my little children with health and long life to do good in th generation for Christs sake sake Amen
Notes
Geauger [Geauga] Ohio
Erie Pensyvania [Pennsylvania]
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Chautauque N[ew] york
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Cateragus [Cattaraugus]
Genesee [actually Erie]
[p. 55]
Levingston [Livingston]
—— [actually Allegany]
Alleghany [actually Tioga]
Spafford <——> Onondaga
payed me on papers— $ 1.50

Editorial Note
The following section of the journal, through the beginning of the entry for 14 March, was kept by for both JS and himself as they traveled to . Pratt’s use of “I”—as in “I preached”—evidently refers to himself. Pratt refers to JS as “Brother Joseph” and never refers to himself in the third-person narrative voice.

Journal of and J[S]
4–6 March 1834 • Tuesday–Thursday
March 4th took our Journy from <accompanyed By > rode 33 miles arrived in [blank] <> staid all night with a , next morning went 4 m;s [miles] to found him and [p. 56] his house hold full of faith and of the holy spirit we cald the church together and Related unto them what had hapened to our Brethren in opened to them the prophesyes and revelations concerning the order of the to Zion and the means of her Redemtion and Brother Joseph Prophesyed to them and the spirit of the Lord came mightily upon them and with all redyness a the yo[u]ng and mid[d]le aged [p. 57]
his house hold full of faith and of the holy spirit we cald the church together and Related unto them what had hapened to our Brethren in opened to them the prophesyes and revelations concerning the order of the to Zion and the means of her Redemtion and Brother Joseph Prophesyed to them and the spirit of the Lord came mightily upon them and with all redyness a the yo[u]ng and mid[d]le aged [p. 57] same evening held 2 meetings 3 or 4 miles Apart. next day March 6th held another Meeting at the few un Believeers that atended were outragious and the meeting ended in complaet confusion
same evening held 2 meetings 3 or 4 miles Apart. next day March 6th held another Meeting at the few un Believeers that atended were outragious and the meeting ended in complaet confusion
7 March 1834 • Friday
we March 7 started towds on our Journy accompanyed By Leaving Brs and Mathews to Prepare <and gether up> the companys in the churches in that region and meet us in the first of May we arrived after dark to the [p. 58] county seat of cald triyed every tavern in the place But Being Court time we found no room But were compeled to ride on in a dark muddy rainy night we found shelter in rideing 1 mile Paid higher for our fare than tavern price
county seat of cald triyed every tavern in the place But Being Court time we found no room But were compeled to ride on in a dark muddy rainy night we found shelter in rideing 1 mile Paid higher for our fare than tavern price
8 March 1834 • Saturday
March 8th continued our journy came to to the house of were Invited to go to Esq <walkers—>to spend the Evening [p. 59] we found them verry friendly and somewhat Believeing tarryed all night
we found them verry friendly and somewhat Believeing tarryed all night
9–12 March 1834 • Sunday–Wednesday
sunday 9 held meeting in a school house had great attentian found a few desyples who were firm in faith and after meeting found many Believeing and could hardly get a way from them we apointed A meeting in for Monday 10th and are now at in the full Enjoyment of <all> the Blessings Both temporal and spiritual [p. 60] of which we stand in need or are found worthy to receive held meting on [illegible] Monday moved Preachd to crowd <congregation> at Eve preacht again to a hous crowded full to overflowing after meting I proposed if any wished to obey if they would make it manifest we would stay to administer at another meeting a young man of the methodist order arose and testified his faith in the fulness of <the> gospel and desired to Be we Appointed another meting and the next [p. 61]
of which we stand in need or are found worthy to receive held meting on [illegible] Monday moved Preachd to crowd <congregation> at Eve preacht again to a hous crowded full to overflowing after meting I proposed if any wished to obey if they would make it manifest we would stay to administer at another meeting a young man of the methodist order arose and testified his faith in the fulness of <the> gospel and desired to Be we Appointed another meting and the next [p. 61] day tuesday 11th held meeting and Baptised after which we rode 9 m;s [miles] Put up with . . . . . . . . <Stewards tavern> next day rode 36 m;s to s.
day tuesday 11th held meeting and Baptised after which we rode 9 m;s [miles] Put up with . . . . . . . . <Stewards tavern> next day rode 36 m;s to s.
13 March 1834 • Thursday
16 <13> thursday held meting I Preachd
14 March 1834 • Friday
friday 14th in s
15 March 1834 • Saturday
March 15th at s and Brother and arived at his house to <the> Joy of our Souls in
16 March 1834 • Sunday
Sunday 16th preached to a very large congregation <in >
17 March 1834 • Monday
Monday 17 Brother [p. 62] Bro preached in the afternoon
Bro preached in the afternoon
18 March 1834 • Tuesday
Tusdy 18th Stayed at all day
19 March 1834 • Wednesday
Wensday 19th Started for home arrived at tarried all night &c
20 March 1834 • Thursday
Thursday 20th Started on <our> Journy at noon took dinner at Brother s, and at night tryed three times to git keept in the name of Deciples , and could not be keept, [p. 63] after night we found a man who would keep us for mony thus we see that there <is> more place for mony than for Jesus < Deciples or> the Lamb of God , the name of the man is Wilson Rauben Wilson Reuben Wilson that would not keep us without mony < he lived in > &c .
after night we found a man who would keep us for mony thus we see that there <is> more place for mony than for Jesus < Deciples or> the Lamb of God , the name of the man is Wilson Rauben Wilson Reuben Wilson that would not keep us without mony < he lived in > &c .
21 March 1834 • Friday
March 21th came to a man by the name of Starks 6th miles East of [p. 64]
22 March 1834 • Saturday
22d came and tarri[e]d with in Co— of Cattaraugus
23 March 1834 • Sunday
23d came to s the same Co NY held a meeting &c.
24 March 1834 • Monday
24th this <day> am not able to start for home but feel determined to go on the morrow morning
25 March 1834 • Tuesday
25th came from to in [p. 65] came with me
came with me
26 March 1834 • Wednesday
26th Came from to Stayed with Elder Hunt on free cost
27 March 1834 • Thursday
27th came to found and came to within 16 miles from
28 March 1834 • Friday
28th found my Family all well and the Lord be praised for this blessing
29 March 1834 • Saturday
29th at home had much [p. 66] Joy with <my> Family
Joy with <my> Family
30 March 1834 • Sunday
30th Sabbath at home and went to hear Preach the word of life &c.
31 March 1834 • Monday
31th Monday this day came to to [at]tend the Court against &c
1 April 1834 • Tuesday
32d Tusday this day at Brother Riders and the Court has not braught on our tryal yet we are ingaged in makeing out some supenies [subpoenas] &c for witness &c <this> is [p. 67] this Aprel 1st Tusday my Soul delighteth in the Law of the Lord for he forgiveth my sins and <will> confound mine Enimies the Lord shall destroy him who has lifted his heel against me even that wicked man he <will> deliver him to the fowls of heaven and his bones shall be cast to the blast of the wind <for> he lifted his <arm> against the Almity therefore [p. 68]
this Aprel 1st Tusday my Soul delighteth in the Law of the Lord for he forgiveth my sins and <will> confound mine Enimies the Lord shall destroy him who has lifted his heel against me even that wicked man he <will> deliver him to the fowls of heaven and his bones shall be cast to the blast of the wind <for> he lifted his <arm> against the Almity therefore [p. 68] the Lord shall destroy him
the Lord shall destroy him
2–5 April 1834 • Wednesday–Saturday
Wednesday at , Thursday the same. Friday morning returned home. Saturday returned to <as witness for > in the evening returned home. , the State’s Att’y for called on me this evening: He is a gentlemanly appearing man , and treated me with respect.
7–9 April 1834 • Monday–Wednesday
on the 7th day of April Bros and myself meet [p. 69] in the councel room and bowed down befor the Lord and prayed that he would furnish the means to deliver the from debt and <be> set at liberty and also that I may prevail against that wicked and that he be put to shame accordingly on the 9 after an impartial trial the that the said was bound over under 200 dollers [p. 70]
in the councel room and bowed down befor the Lord and prayed that he would furnish the means to deliver the from debt and <be> set at liberty and also that I may prevail against that wicked and that he be put to shame accordingly on the 9 after an impartial trial the that the said was bound over under 200 dollers [p. 70] bond to keep the peace for six month and pay the cost which amounted to near three hundred dollers all of which was in answer to our prayer for which I thank my heavenly father
bond to keep the peace for six month and pay the cost which amounted to near three hundred dollers all of which was in answer to our prayer for which I thank my heavenly father
Remember to carry the bond between & and have them exchaingd when I go to
10 April 1834 • Thursday
on <Thursday> the 10 had a concel [council] [p. 71] of the at which it was agreed that the firm should be desolvd and each one have their stewardship set off to them
of the at which it was agreed that the firm should be desolvd and each one have their stewardship set off to them
11 April 1834 • Friday
Fryday 11 atten<ded> meeting <and restored Father Tyler to the Church>
12 April 1834 • Saturday
Satterday 12 went to the Lake and spent the day in fishing and visiting the brethren in that place and took my horse from and let have him to keep
13 April 1834 • Sunday
13 Sunday was sick and could not attend meeting [p. 72]
14 April 1834 • Monday
Monday 14 purch[as]ed som hay and oats and got them home
15–17 April 1834 • Tuesday–Thursday
Tuesday 15 drawed a load of hay & <on Wensday 16> plowed and sowed oats for and on Thursday the 17 attended a meeting agreeable to appoint at which time the important subject<s> of the and the building of the in [p. 73] by after which bro Joseph arose and requested the brethren and sisters to contr[i]bute all the money they could for the deliverence of Zion and receved twenty nine dollers and sixty eight cts
by after which bro Joseph arose and requested the brethren and sisters to contr[i]bute all the money they could for the deliverence of Zion and receved twenty nine dollers and sixty eight cts
18–19 April 1834 • Friday–Saturday
April 17 <18>, left in company with brothers , , <and> for to attend a . Travelled to ’ in [p. 74] and took dinner, after which we travelled on, and after dark were hailed by a man who desired to ride. We were checked by the Spirit and refused: he professed to be sick; but in a few minutes was joined by two others who followed us hard, cursing and swearing, but we were successful in escaping their hands through the providence of the Lord, and stayed at a tavern where we were treated with civility. Next morning, 19, started, and arrived at brother <in> [p. 75]
and took dinner, after which we travelled on, and after dark were hailed by a man who desired to ride. We were checked by the Spirit and refused: he professed to be sick; but in a few minutes was joined by two others who followed us hard, cursing and swearing, but we were successful in escaping their hands through the providence of the Lord, and stayed at a tavern where we were treated with civility. Next morning, 19, started, and arrived at brother <in> [p. 75] , Medina county, where we took dinner. Bro. was strong in the faith— he is a good man and may, if faithful, do much good. After resting awhile, we left, and soon arrived at brother , in , where we were received with kindness.
, Medina county, where we took dinner. Bro. was strong in the faith— he is a good man and may, if faithful, do much good. After resting awhile, we left, and soon arrived at brother , in , where we were received with kindness.
We soon retired to the wilderness where we united in prayer and suplication for the blessings of the Lord to be given unto his church: We called upon the Father in the name of Jesus to go with the breth[r]en who were [p. 76] , to give brother Joseph strength, and wisdom, and understanding sufficient to lead the people of the Lord, and to gather back, and establish the saints upon the land of their inheritances, and organize them according to the will of heaven, that they be no more cast down forever. We then united and : Brothers , , and laid hands upon bro. Joseph, and upon him all the blessings necessary to qualify him to do <stand> before the Lord in his high calling; and [p. 77]
, to give brother Joseph strength, and wisdom, and understanding sufficient to lead the people of the Lord, and to gather back, and establish the saints upon the land of their inheritances, and organize them according to the will of heaven, that they be no more cast down forever. We then united and : Brothers , , and laid hands upon bro. Joseph, and upon him all the blessings necessary to qualify him to do <stand> before the Lord in his high calling; and [p. 77] he return again in peace and triumph, to enjoy the society of his breth[r]en. Brothers Joseph, , and then laid hands upon , and confirmed upon him the blessings of wisdom and understanding sufficient for his station; that he be qualified to assist in arranging the church covenants which are to be soon published; and to have intelligence in all things to do the work of printing. Brother Joseph, , then laid [p. 78]
he return again in peace and triumph, to enjoy the society of his breth[r]en. Brothers Joseph, , and then laid hands upon , and confirmed upon him the blessings of wisdom and understanding sufficient for his station; that he be qualified to assist in arranging the church covenants which are to be soon published; and to have intelligence in all things to do the work of printing. Brother Joseph, , then laid [p. 78] hands upon , and confirmed upon him the blessings of wisdom and knowledge to over the church in the abscence of brother Joseph, and to have the spirit to assist in conducting the Star, and to arrange the Church covenants, and the blessing of old age and peace, till is built up & established, till all his enemies are under his feet, and of a crown of eternal life at the <in the> Kingdom of God with us. [p. 79]
hands upon , and confirmed upon him the blessings of wisdom and knowledge to over the church in the abscence of brother Joseph, and to have the spirit to assist in conducting the Star, and to arrange the Church covenants, and the blessing of old age and peace, till is built up & established, till all his enemies are under his feet, and of a crown of eternal life at the <in the> Kingdom of God with us. [p. 79] We, Joseph, , and then laid hands upon , and confirmed the blessing of wisdom to preach the gospel, even till is <it> spreads to the islands of the seas, and to be spared to see th[r]eescore years and ten, and see Zion built up and established forever, and even at last to receive a crown of life. Our hearts rejoiced, and we were [p. 80]
We, Joseph, , and then laid hands upon , and confirmed the blessing of wisdom to preach the gospel, even till is <it> spreads to the islands of the seas, and to be spared to see th[r]eescore years and ten, and see Zion built up and established forever, and even at last to receive a crown of life. Our hearts rejoiced, and we were [p. 80] comforted with the Holy Spirit, Amen.
comforted with the Holy Spirit, Amen.
20 April 1834 • Sunday
18 20th. Sunday, Brother entertained a large congregation of saints, with an interesting discourse upon the “ of the fulness of times,” &c.
21–22 April 1834 • Monday–Tuesday
21. and had a glorious time, some few volunteered , and others donated $66.37. for the benefit of the scattered breth[r]en in .
Returned to on the 22d and found all well. [p. 81]
23 April 1834 • Wednesday
23. Assembled in council with breth[r]en , , , , and and united in asking the Lord to give bro. influence over our bro. , and obtain from him the money which he has gone to borow for us, or cause him to come to this place & give it himself.
30 April 1834 • Wednesday
April 30th this day paid the amount <sum> of fifty dollers on the following memorandom to the [p. 82] following persons viz
following persons viz
$15,00
7,00
10,00
5,00
5,00
5,00
3,00
$50,00
Record of Donations
Money received of the following brethren consecrated for the
By Lette[r] from East $10.,,
Do [ditto] " 50,,
Do " 100,,
[p. 83]
By Letter $07,,,
.5’’ ’’
.5’’ ’’
.5’’ ’’
Received of 47=00
Recived of Dexter Stillman 10=
Do. of 5=00
Do of 7=60
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Editorial Note
JS and other volunteers of the armed expeditionary force that had been recruited for “the restoration and redemption of Zion” departed for on 5 May 1834. A smaller contingent started from Pontiac, Michigan, and joined them at Allred settlement, Monroe County, Missouri. After learning on 15 June that Missouri governor would not order the state’s militia to escort the Mormons to their lands as the Mormons had hoped, JS’s company, now numbering some two hundred, nevertheless continued their march to , Missouri. Their approach prompted negotiations between Mormons exiled from Jackson County—now living in Clay County—and Jackson County residents. Compromise proved impossible given the entrenched positions of both sides: the Mormons insisted on maintaining their rights to return to their property and refused to sell, and Jacksonites refused to have the Mormons live among them. Local residents also prepared for armed confrontation with the advancing Mormons. When questioned about his intentions, JS disavowed any military offensive, and no armed confrontation materialized.
In mid-June a cholera epidemic began to make inroads among JS’s company. On 22 June, JS announced a revelation postponing the redemption of Zion “for a little season.” Zion would be redeemed only after the Latter-day Saints purchased additional land in and vicinity; after their leading elders were “endowed with power from on high” in ; and after the Mormons in found “favor in the eyes of the people, until the army of Israel becomes very great.” Thus JS maintained long-term hopes for a temporarily failed enterprise. The cholera-decimated Mormon troops were dispersed and soon discharged to remain in or—in most cases—to return eastward to their homes. JS organized a standing high council for the Missouri Mormons and selected a number of Missouri church leaders to be endowed in the then under construction in . JS and other members of the Camp of Israel expedition, which later became known as Zion’s Camp, returned to Ohio in early August. While JS did not keep a personal record during this time, he assigned to send periodic reports of their journey to in Kirtland. However, no such reports have survived. JS later oversaw the creation of a history that drew on others’ accounts to create a narrative of the journey.
In the wake of the failure to effect a return of Mormon refugees to , the Latter-day Saints’ highest priorities became completing the construction of their in and purchasing land in the vicinity of Jackson County. Both endeavors were understood to be prerequisites to returning to their Zion; both would impose great financial burdens.

21 August 1834 • Thursday
August 21st 1834. This day brother returned from and told us concerning the plague, and after much consultation we agreed that should go to and commence administering to the sick, for the purpose of obtaining means <blessings for them, and> for the work of <glory of> the Lord: Accordingly, we, Joseph, , and Oliver [Cowdery] united in prayer before the Lord for this thing. [p. 85]
Now, O Lord, grant unto us this <those> blessing<s>, in the name of Jesus Christ, and thy name shall have the glory forever; Amen.
30 August 1834 • Saturday
August 30, 1834. Received of the chu[r]ch by the hand of from the east of money $3,00
4 September 1834 • Thursday
Sept. 4, 1834. This day said that if he could obtain the management of his property in one year he would put it in for the printing of the word of the Lord. [p. 86]

Editorial Note
On 5 September 1834, JS left with to attend a conference of elders in , Ohio. In the second half of October, JS was again away from Kirtland, this time to visit the Latter-day Saints in Pontiac, Michigan. When in Kirtland, he continued to work on the church’s printing concerns and on building the .
On the evening of 28 November 1834, the day before this journal resumes, JS attended a high council meeting and heard from members of the Tippets family, who were en route to . In response to a December 1833 revelation that instructed church branches to “gather together all their moneys” and send “honorable men” to purchase lands in , the church in , New York, had sent the Tippetses with a letter to JS and $848.40 in donations of cash and property. The high council recommended that the migrants winter in and requested temporary financial help from them. and Caroline Tippets lent $430, to be paid back in the spring when they would resume their journey. This short-term financial assistance brought renewed hope and prompted the recording of prayers and resolutions.

29 November 1834 • Saturday
November 29. 1834. This evening Joseph and united in prayer for the continuance of blessings, after giving thanks for the relief which the Lord had lately sent us by opening the hearts of certain brethren from the east to loan us $430.
After conversing and rejoicing before the Lord on this occasion we agreed to enter into the following covenant with the Lord, viz:=
That if the Lord will [p. 87]
prosper us in our business, and open the way before <us> that we may obtain means to pay our debts, that we be not troubled nor brought into disrepute before the world nor his people, that after that of all that he shall give us we will give a tenth, to be bestowed upon the poor in his church, or as he shall command, and that we will be faithful over that which he has entrusted to our care and that we [p. 88]
may obtain much: and that our children after us shall remember to observe this sacred and holy covenant: after us: And that our children and our children’s may know of the same we here subscribe our names with our own hands before the Lord:
Joseph Smith Jr
.
And now, O Father, as thou didst prosper our father Jacob, and bless [p. 89] him with protection and prosperity where ever he went from the time he made a like covenant before and with thee; and as thou didst,— even the same night, open the heavens unto him and manifest great mercy and favor, and give him promises, so wilt thou do by us his sons; and as his blessings prevailed above the blessings of his Progenitors into the utmost bounds of the [p. 90]
him with protection and prosperity where ever he went from the time he made a like covenant before and with thee; and as thou didst,— even the same night, open the heavens unto him and manifest great mercy and favor, and give him promises, so wilt thou do by us his sons; and as his blessings prevailed above the blessings of his Progenitors into the utmost bounds of the [p. 90] everlasting hills, even so may our blessings prevail above <like> his; and may thy servants be preserved from the power and influence of wicked and unrighteous men; may every weapon formed against us fall upon the head of him who shall form it; may we be blessed with a name and a place among thy saints here, and thy sanctified when they shall rest. Amen. [p. 91]
everlasting hills, even so may our blessings prevail above <like> his; and may thy servants be preserved from the power and influence of wicked and unrighteous men; may every weapon formed against us fall upon the head of him who shall form it; may we be blessed with a name and a place among thy saints here, and thy sanctified when they shall rest. Amen. [p. 91]
30 November 1834 • Sunday
Sabbath evening, November 30, 1834. While reflecting upon the goodness and mercy of the Lord, this evening, a prophecy was put into our hearts, that in a short time the Lord would arrange his providences in a merciful manner and send us assistance to deliver us from debt and bondage. [p. 92]
5 December 1834 • Friday
Friday Evening, December 5, 1834. According to the directions of the Holy Spirit breth[r]en Joseph Smith jr. , , and , assembled to converse upon the welfare of the church, when brother was of the under the hands of brother Joseph Smith jr. Saying, “My brother, in the name of Jesus Christ who died was crucified for the sins of the world, I upon thee, and ordain thee an assistant President of the high and holy p[r]iesthood in [p. 93]
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Joseph Smith
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Editorial Note
Except for a few notes jotted in the back, this journal ends with the preceding 5 December 1834 entry. “Chapter 1” of JS’s 1834–1836 history consisted of a narrative in journal format for 5 and 6 December 1834, recorded by ; but that approach was then terminated. Not until late September 1835, nearly ten months later, did JS again keep a journal. Two priorities loomed in the intervening months: the redemption of Zion in and building a in for the promised endowment of power. During the interim, JS also expanded church leadership by forming the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles and another organization called the Quorum of the Seventy, responsible for traveling and preaching. Men who had served in the expedition to Missouri made up most of the initial membership of both entities. When JS’s journal keeping resumed, it was more persistent, resulting in a coherent six-month narrative leading up to and including the empowerment in the House of the Lord in Kirtland, which the Latter-day Saints understood to be a prerequisite for the redemption of Zion.
The final three pages of this journal contain notes related to the events recorded in preceding journal entries. Subscriptions to The Evening and the Morning Star that were evidently solicited during JS’s 26 February–28 March 1834 mission are recorded on these pages. Following the subscriptions, a note was inscribed, apparently in preparation for the conference held 20–21 April 1834 at , Ohio.

Subscriptions to The Evening and the Morning Star
Please to send the Paper that Has forme[r]ly Be[e]n sent to John C◊◊p◊◊to send it Now to Nathan Chase at Cat[t]araugas County NY
Recieve of Elisha C Hubbard one Dollar for Papers < NY>
[illegible] [1/4 page blank] [p. 103]