Lucy Mack Smith, History, 1844–1845

  • Source Note
  • Historical Introduction
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the counsel of God unto your own condemnation. for every man shall have the desires of his heart if he desires this truth the way is open to all and <​if he will​> he may hear and live Whereas <​if​> treat they <​the​> truth with contempt and trample upon the sym simplicity of the word of God they will shut the gate of Heaven against themselves. And now brethren and sisters if you will all of you raise your desires to Heaven that the Ice may give way before us and we be set at liberty to go on our way as sure as the Lord lives it shall be done I and at that moment a noise was heard like bursting thunder and the captain cried out every man to his post and the ice parted leaving barely a pathway for the boat and that was so narrow that as it passed through the buckets were torn from the water wheel with a this with the noise of the ice the confusion of the spectaters the word of command from the capt. <​and​> the hoarse answering of the sailors was truely dreadful— <​and our boat and one other had just time enough to get through and the the ice closed again and remained & .3 weeks longer​> I heard one man on shore say there goes the Mormon company and that Boat is sunk in the water 9 inches deeper than it ever was before and Mark it she sinks there is nothing surer— (and here let me remark that it was done and the publication overtook us shortly after we got to ) after we left the wharf and got through the passage into the Lake I spoke to and requested him to call the brethren and sisters together that we had seen a great manifestation of the power of God in our behalf and <​as​> it was near time for prayers; I thought it would be well to sing a little and then have a kind of prayer meeting so that all could pray that felt disposed to so to do— We then sang and when commenced praying but by the time we had got half through when I received a message from the Capt. Who sent his mate to request the saints me to have the saints stop praying for says he if you do not we shall all go to Hell together we [p. [2], bk. 12]
the counsel of God unto your own condemnation. for every man shall have the desires of his heart if he desires this truth the way is open to all and if he will he may hear and live Whereas if treat they the truth with contempt and trample upon the simplicity of the word of God they will shut the gate of Heaven against themselves. And now brethren and sisters if you will all of you raise your desires to Heaven that the Ice may give way before us and we be set at liberty to go on our way as sure as the Lord lives it shall be done and at that moment a noise was heard like bursting thunder and the captain cried out every man to his post and the ice parted leaving barely a pathway for the boat and that was so narrow that as it passed through the buckets were torn from the water wheel this with the noise of the ice the confusion of the spectaters the word of command from the capt. and the hoarse answering of the sailors was truely dreadful— and our boat and one other had just time enough to get through and the the ice closed again and remained & .3 weeks longer I heard one man on shore say there goes the Mormon company and that Boat is sunk in the water 9 inches deeper than it ever was before and Mark it she sinks there is nothing surer— (and here let me remark that it was done and the publication overtook us shortly after we got to ) after we left the wharf and got through the passage into the Lake I spoke to and requested him to call the brethren and sisters together that we had seen a great manifestation of the power of God in our behalf and as it was near time for prayers; I thought it would be well to sing a little and then have a kind of prayer meeting so that all could pray that felt disposed so to do— We then sang and commenced praying but by the time we had got half through when I received a message from the Capt. Who sent his mate to request me to have the saints stop praying for says he if you do not we shall all go to Hell together we [p. [2], bk. 12]
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