Lucy Mack Smith, History, 1844–1845

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  • Historical Introduction
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them the substance of what is contained in the book of Mormon as also particularly the principles of religion which it contains. But added I the Universalists come here wonderfullly affraid that their religion will suffer loss— The Presbyterians are frightened least their salary will come down The Methodist’s come and they rage for they worship a God without body or parts and the doctrine we advocate comes in contact with their views
Well said the foremost gentleman with whom I was acquainted can we see the manuscript,
No sir you cannot see it we have done exhibiting the manuscript altogether I have told you what was in it and that must <​suffice​> He did not reply to this but said you & and and have belonged to our church a whole year and we respect you very highly but you say a great deal <​about the book which your son has found​> and believe much of what he tells you but we hate regret loos we cannot beare thoughts of loosing you and they do wish— I wish that if you do believe those things which your son that never would proclaim it or say anything about it I do wish you would not— Deacon Beckwith said even you should stick my body full of faggots and burn me at the stake I would declare that Jose[p]h has that record and that I know it to be true as long as God gave me breath— he then turned to his companions and said you see it is no use to say anything more to her— we cannont chan[g]e he[r] mind & then addressing me I see that it is not possible to persuade you out of your belief and I do not know that it is worth while to say any more about the matter— No sir said I it is <​of​> no use you cannot effect any thing by all that you can say— he then bid me farewell and went out to see & they asked him if he really did believe that his brother had got the record which he pretended to have— <​testified boldly to the truth and​> told him that if he would take the book of mormon when it was finished and read it asking God for a witness to the truth of [it] he would receive what he desired and now said he Deacon Beckwith just try it and see if I do <​not tell you truth.— They went to who quoted Isa[ia]h.​> The bargain which they made with entitled to use of the every day except sunday. [p. [8], bk. 9]
them the substance of what is contained in the book of Mormon particularly the principles of religion which it contains. But added I the Universalists come here wonderfullly affraid that their religion will suffer loss— The Presbyterians are frightened least their salary will come down The Methodist’s come and they rage for they worship a God without body or parts and the doctrine we advocate comes in contact with their views
Well said the foremost gentleman with whom I was acquainted can we see the manuscript,
No sir you cannot see it we have done exhibiting the manuscript altogether I have told you what was in it and that must suffice He did not reply to this but said you & and and have belonged to our church a whole year and we respect you very you say a great deal about the book which your son has found and believe much of what he tells you but we cannot beare thoughts of loosing you and they do wish— I wish that if you do believe those things that never would say anything about it I do wish you would not— Deacon Beckwith said even you should stick my body full of faggots and burn me at the stake I would declare that Joseph has that record and that I know it to be true as long as God gave me breath— he then turned to his companions and said you see it is no use to say anything more to her— we cannont change her mind & then addressing me I see that it is not possible to persuade you out of your belief and I do not know that it is worth while to say any more about the matter— No sir said I it is of no use you cannot effect any thing by all that you can say— he then bid me farewell and went out to see & they asked him if he really did believe that his brother had got the record which he pretended to have— testified boldly to the truth told him that if he would take the book of mormon when it was finished and read it asking God for a witness to the truth of [it] he would receive what he desired and now said he Deacon Beckwith just try it and see if I do not tell you truth.— They went to who quoted Isaiah. The bargain which they made with entitled to use of the every day except sunday. [p. [8], bk. 9]
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