Lucy Mack Smith, History, 1844–1845

  • Source Note
  • Historical Introduction
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which we had suffered while the work was in progress the my heart beat quick and my pulse rose high <​and​> in spite of my best efforts to the contrary my mind was aggitated and I felt every nervous sensation which I experienced at the time it the circumstances took place a
at last as if led by an invisalbe spirit I came to the time in the mesenger from Waterloo informed me that the translation actualy completed my Soul swelled with joy that could scarcly heigtened except by the reflection that the record which had cost so much labor and sufferring and anxiety were now <​in reality​> being beneath my own head that this identicle work had not only been the object which we as a family had pursued so eagerly but that Prophets of ancient days and angels even the Gr[e]at God had <​had​> his eye upon it. and said I to myself Shall I fear what man can do will not the angels watch over the precious relict of the worthy dead and the hope of the living and I am I indeed the mother of a prophet of the God of Heaven— the honored instrument in performing so great work— I felt th I was in the purview of angels and my bounded at the thought of the grat condescension of the A[l]mighty— thus I spent the night surrounded by enemies and yet in an extacy of happiness and truly I can say that “my soul did magnify and my spirit rejoiced in God my savior”—
On the fourth day the 3 men appointed <​delegated​> out <​by​> the council came to perform the work assigned them they began
we hear you have a gold bible and we came to see you <​if​> be so kind as to show it to us
No gentlemen said I we have not <​got​> any <​no​> gold bible and neither have we ever had any thing of the kind but we have a translation of some gold plates which was sent to the world to bring the plainess of the Gospel to the children of men and also to give a history of the people that used to inhabit this country and I then proceeded to give [p. [7], bk. 9]
which we had suffered while the work was in progress my heart beat quick and my pulse rose high and in spite of my best efforts to the contrary my mind was aggitated and I felt every nervous sensation which I experienced at the time the circumstances took place
at last as if led by an invisalbe spirit I came to the time in the mesenger from Waterloo informed me that the translation actualy completed my Soul swelled with joy that could scarcly heigtened except by the reflection that the record which had cost so much labor and sufferring and anxiety were now in reality being beneath my own head that this identicle work had not only been the object which we as a family had pursued so eagerly but that Prophets of ancient days and angels even the Great God had had his eye upon it. and said I to myself Shall I fear what man can do will not the angels watch over the precious relict of the worthy dead and the hope of the living and am I indeed the mother of a prophet of the God of Heaven— the honored instrument in performing so great work— I felt I was in the purview of angels and my bounded at the thought of the grat condescension of the Almighty— thus I spent the night surrounded by enemies and yet in an extacy of happiness and truly I can say that “my soul did magnify and my spirit rejoiced in God my savior”—
On the fourth day the 3 men delegated by the council came to perform the work assigned them they began
we hear you have a gold bible and we came to see you if be so kind as to show it to us
No gentlemen said I we have got no gold bible but we have a translation of some gold plates which was sent to the world to bring the plainess of the Gospel to the children of men and to give a history of the people that used to inhabit this country I then proceeded to give [p. [7], bk. 9]
Page [7], bk. 9