History, 1838–1856, volume D-1 [1 August 1842–1 July 1843]

  • Source Note
  • Historical Introduction
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<​August 23​> he died, He was the oldest, and the noblest of my ’s family. He was one of the noblest of the sons of men: Shall his name not be recorded in this book? Yes, ; let it be had here, and be handed down upon these sacred pages, for ever and ever. In him there was no guile. He lived without [HC 5:126] spot from the time he was a child. From the time of his birth, he never knew mirth. He was candid and sober and never would play; and minded his ; and ; in toiling all day. He was one of the soberest of men, and when he died the Angel of the Lord visited him in his last moments. These childish lines I record in remembrance of my child hood scenes. My brother , whose name I desire to record also, was a noble boy. I never knew any fault in him, I never saw the first immoral act, or the first irreligious, or ignoble disposition in the child, from the time that he was born ’till the time of his death; he was a lovely, a good natured, a kind hearted, and a virtuous, and a faithful upright child, and where his soul goes let mine go also. He lays by the side of my . Let my Father, , and , and children that I have buried be brought and laid in the Tomb I have built. Let my and my brethren, and my Sisters be laid there also; and let it be called the Tomb of Joseph, a descendant of Jacob; and when I die, let me be gathered to the Tomb of my . There are many souls, whom I have loved stronger than death; to them I have proved faithful; to them I am determined to prove faithful, until God calls me to resign up my breath. O, thou who seeth, and knoweth the hearts of all men; thou eternal, omnipotent, omniscient, and omnipresent Jehovah, God; thou Eloheim, that sitteth, as sayeth the psalmist, enthroned in Heaven; look down upon thy servant Joseph, at this time, and let faith on the name of thy son Jesus Christ, to a greater degree than thy servant ever yet has enjoyed, be conferred upon him; even the faith of Elijah; and let the lamp of eternal life, be lit up in his heart, never to be taken away; and let the words of Eternal life, be poured upon the soul of thy servant; that he may know [HC 5:127] thy will, thy statutes, and thy commandments, and thy—— judgments to do them. As the dews upon Mount Hermon may the distillations of thy divine grace, glory and honor in the plentitude of thy mercy, and power and goodness be poured down upon the head of thy servant O Lord God, my heavenly Father, shall it be in vain, that thy servant must needs be exiled from the midst of his friends; or be dragged from their bosoms, to clank in cold and iron chains; to be thrust within the dreary prison walls; to spend days of sorrow, and of grief and misery there, by the hand of an infuriated,—— incensed and infatuated foe; to glut their infernal and insatiable desire upon innocent blood; and for no other cause on the part of thy servant, than for the defence of innocence, and thou a just God will not hear his cry? O, no, thou wilt hear me; a child of woe, pertaining to this mortal life; because of sufferings here, but not for condemnation that shall come upon him in Eternity; for thou knowest O God, the integrity of his heart. Thou hearest me, and I knew that thou wouldst hear me, and mine enemies shall not prevail; they all shall melt like wax before thy face; and as the mighty floods, and waters roar, or as the billowing earth quakes, devouring gulf; or rolling Thunders loudest peal; or vivid [p. 1383]
August 23 he died, He was the oldest, and the noblest of my ’s family. He was one of the noblest of the sons of men: Shall his name not be recorded in this book? Yes, ; let it be had here, and be handed down upon these sacred pages, for ever and ever. In him there was no guile. He lived without [HC 5:126] spot from the time he was a child. From the time of his birth, he never knew mirth. He was candid and sober and never would play; and minded his ; and ; in toiling all day. He was one of the soberest of men, and when he died the Angel of the Lord visited him in his last moments. These childish lines I record in remembrance of my child hood scenes. My brother , whose name I desire to record also, was a noble boy. I never knew any fault in him, I never saw the first immoral act, or the first irreligious, or ignoble disposition in the child, from the time that he was born ’till the time of his death; he was a lovely, a good natured, a kind hearted, and a virtuous, and a faithful upright child, and where his soul goes let mine go also. He lays by the side of my . Let my Father, , and , and children that I have buried be brought and laid in the Tomb I have built. Let my and my brethren, and my Sisters be laid there also; and let it be called the Tomb of Joseph, a descendant of Jacob; and when I die, let me be gathered to the Tomb of my . There are many souls, whom I have loved stronger than death; to them I have proved faithful; to them I am determined to prove faithful, until God calls me to resign up my breath. O, thou who seeth, and knoweth the hearts of all men; thou eternal, omnipotent, omniscient, and omnipresent Jehovah, God; thou Eloheim, that sitteth, as sayeth the psalmist, enthroned in Heaven; look down upon thy servant Joseph, at this time, and let faith on the name of thy son Jesus Christ, to a greater degree than thy servant ever yet has enjoyed, be conferred upon him; even the faith of Elijah; and let the lamp of eternal life, be lit up in his heart, never to be taken away; and let the words of Eternal life, be poured upon the soul of thy servant; that he may know [HC 5:127] thy will, thy statutes, and thy commandments, and thy—— judgments to do them. As the dews upon Mount Hermon may the distillations of thy divine grace, glory and honor in the plentitude of thy mercy, and power and goodness be poured down upon the head of thy servant O Lord God, my heavenly Father, shall it be in vain, that thy servant must needs be exiled from the midst of his friends; or be dragged from their bosoms, to clank in cold and iron chains; to be thrust within the dreary prison walls; to spend days of sorrow, and of grief and misery there, by the hand of an infuriated,—— incensed and infatuated foe; to glut their infernal and insatiable desire upon innocent blood; and for no other cause on the part of thy servant, than for the defence of innocence, and thou a just God will not hear his cry? O, no, thou wilt hear me; a child of woe, pertaining to this mortal life; because of sufferings here, but not for condemnation that shall come upon him in Eternity; for thou knowest O God, the integrity of his heart. Thou hearest me, and I knew that thou wouldst hear me, and mine enemies shall not prevail; they all shall melt like wax before thy face; and as the mighty floods, and waters roar, or as the billowing earth quakes, devouring gulf; or rolling Thunders loudest peal; or vivid [p. 1383]
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