Lucy Mack Smith, History, 1844–1845

  • Source Note
  • Historical Introduction
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the boat would have to stay here a good while any way ! said <​my son​> just then in whisper do see the confusion yonder won’t you go and settle stop it I looked roun and saw a number of the brethren and sisters engaged in warm debating and others grumbling and murmuring Some young ladies flirting with gentlemen passengers who were strangers to them and not members of the church whilst I might safely say hundreds of spectaters were on the shore and on other boats gazing upon the exhibition of clamor and vanity among the Mormon company with great interest I was ashamed mortified at their impudence and inconsideration and impudence and that they should in their folly expose the church and cause of christ to ridicule I stepped into their midst Brethren and sisters, said I are we not call ourselves latter day saints and proffes to have come out from among the world for the purpose of serving God with a determination to serve him. with our whole might mind and strength at the expense of all earthly things and will you suffer yourselves to begin at the very first sacrafice of comfort to complain and Murmur like the children of Israel and even worse for here are my sisters fretting for the want of their rocking chairs and brethren from you I expected assistance and looked for some firmness in you but instead of that you are complaining that you have left a good house and now you have no home to go to and do not know as you shall have when you get to <​the end of​> your journey And more than all you do not know but you will all starve to death before you get away from I where is your faith where is your confidence in God and I would Who in the company has been hungry who has lacked any thing which they to make them comfortable as our circumstances would admit of have I not with set food before every day and made you all as welcome as my own children a that if you <​those​> had who had not provided for yourselves might have lack nothing at all [p. [12], bk. 11]
the boat would have to stay here a good while any way ! said my son just then in whisper do see the confusion yonder won’t you go and stop it I looked and saw a number of the brethren and sisters engaged in warm debating and others grumbling and murmuring Some young ladies flirting with gentlemen passengers who were strangers to them and not members of the church whilst I might safely say hundreds of spectaters were on the shore and on other boats gazing upon the exhibition of clamor and vanity among the Mormon company with great interest I was mortified at their inconsideration and impudence that they should in their folly expose the church and cause of christ to ridicule I stepped into their midst Brethren and sisters, said I we call ourselves latter day saints and proffes to have come out from among the world for the purpose of serving God with a determination to serve him. with our whole might mind and strength at the expense of all earthly things and will you suffer yourselves to begin at the very first sacrafice of comfort to complain and Murmur like the children of Israel and even worse for here are my sisters fretting for the want of their rocking chairs and brethren from you I expected assistance and looked for some firmness in you but instead of that you are complaining that you have left a good house and now you have no home to go to and do not know as you shall have when you get to the end of your journey And more than all you do not know but you will all starve before you get away from Who in the company has been hungry who has lacked any thing to make them comfortable as our circumstances would admit of have I not set food before every day and made you all as welcome as my own children that those who had not provided for yourselves might lack nothing [p. [12], bk. 11]
Page [12], bk. 11