Lucy Mack Smith, History, 1844–1845

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  • Historical Introduction
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from this awful disease among others who were called upon were and myself but we soon discovered that it was the judgement of the Almighty for when we laid our hands upon them in the name of the Lord in order that they might be healed the disease instantly fastened itself upon us and in a few minutes we were in awful distress— We made mute signals to each other and left the house for the purpose of going into some secluded place to join in prayer that God would deliver us from this awful influence— but before we could get a sufficient distance to be secure from interruption we were scarcely able to stand upon our feet and we were in terror least we should said in we were greatly alarmed fearing that we should be die in the this western wilderness so far from our families without even the priviledge <​blessing our children or​> of giving them one word of parting counsel cried out Joseph what shall we do must we be cut off from the face of the Earth by this horrid curse. Let us said I get down upon our knees and pray to God to remove the cramp and other distress which and restore us to health that we may return to our families in hea We did so but without receiving any benefit but still grew worse. We concluded however to make a second effort and when we kneeled again the cramp siezed the calves of my legs in a manner that was the most like the gathering the cords into bunches and then <​the​> oppereation extended in like manner all over my system I cried heartily unto God but the Heavens seemed sealed against us and every power that could render us any assistance locked <​shut​> within its gates the universe was still When we arose again I found was in the same situation with myself. We soo[n] came to the resolution of appealing to Go again to god for mercy and not to rise from our knees untill one or the other got a testimony that we should be healed and he who received the first intimation from the spirit should inform the other of the [p. [13], bk. 13]
from this awful disease among others who were called upon were and myself but we soon discovered that it was the judgement of the Almighty for when we laid our hands upon them in the name of the Lord in order that they might be healed the disease instantly fastened itself upon us and in a few minutes we were in awful distress— We made mute signals to each other and left the house for the purpose of going into some secluded place to join in prayer that God would deliver us from this awful influence— but before we could get a sufficient distance to be secure from interruption we were scarcely able to stand upon our feet and we were greatly alarmed fearing that we should die in this western wilderness so far from our families without even the priviledge blessing our children or of giving them one word of parting counsel cried out Joseph what shall we do must we be cut off from the face of the Earth by this horrid curse. Let us said I get down upon our knees and pray to God to remove the cramp and other distress and restore us to health that we may return to our families We did so but without receiving any benefit but still grew worse. We concluded however to make a second effort and when we kneeled again the cramp siezed the calves of my legs gathering the cords into bunches and then the oppereation extended in like manner all over my system I cried heartily unto God but the Heavens seemed sealed against us and every power that could render us any assistance shut within its gates the universe was still When we arose again I found was in the same situation with myself. We soon came to the resolution of appealing to again to god for mercy and not to rise from our knees untill one or the other got a testimony that we should be healed and he who received the first intimation from the spirit should inform the other of the [p. [13], bk. 13]
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