Lucy Mack Smith, History, 1844–1845

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  • Historical Introduction
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1st vision of received the next month after was born
I seemed to be traveling in an open barren field I looked to the east to the west to the North and to the south I could see nothing but dead fallen timber not one a leaf not a tree not a spear of Grass could be seen in any direction no sound of any animate thing was to be heard in all the field no living thing niether animal or vegetable was there save myself and an attendant spirit that stood at my side of this personage I enquired the meaning of what I saw and why I was traveling in this gloomy place The go are He <​said​> this place field is the world which lies inanimate & dumb as to the things pertaining to the true religion or the order of Heavenly things all is darkness But travel on and by on a certain log by the wayside you will find a box whose contents will make you wise and if you eat the same you <​shall​> have wisdom and understanding I did as I was directed and presently came to box I took it and placed it under my left arm forced up the lid and began to taste of its contents when all maner of beasts and horned cattle and roaring animals rose up on every side and rushed upon me tearing the Earth tossing their horns in air belowing round him <​me​> threatning every moment to devour me <​me​> they came so close upon me that I was forced to drop the box and fly for my life although <​it​> the possesion of made me the happiest of anything <​of which​> I ever had possession I awoke trembling with terror
 
— and enquire for a Man by the name of Blake who had been <​was formerly​> Capt of a boat which belonged to <​my brother​> Gen [Stephen] Mack and upon my brothers decease he purchased the Same and <​boat which was plying the lake under his command​> still owned runing the Same [p. [5], [miscellany]]
1st vision of received the next month after was born
I seemed to be traveling in an open barren field I looked to the east to the west to the North and to the south I could see nothing but dead fallen timber not a leaf not a tree not a spear of Grass could be seen in any direction no sound of any animate thing was to be heard in all the field no living thing niether animal or vegetable was there save myself and an attendant spirit that stood at my side of this personage I enquired the meaning of what I saw and why I was traveling in this gloomy place He said this field is the world which lies inanimate & dumb as to the things pertaining to the true religion or the order of Heavenly things all is darkness But travel on and on a certain log by the wayside you will find a box whose contents will make you wise and if you eat the same you shall have wisdom and understanding I did as I was directed and presently came to box I took it and placed it under my left arm forced up the lid and began to taste of its contents when all maner of beasts horned cattle and roaring animals rose up on every side and rushed upon me tearing the Earth tossing their horns in air belowing round him me threatning every moment to devour me they came so close upon me that I was forced to drop the box and fly for my life although it made me the happiest of anything of which I ever had possession I awoke trembling with terror
 
— and enquire for a Man by the name of Blake who had was formerly Capt of a boat which belonged to my brother Gen Stephen Mack and upon my brothers decease he purchased the boat which was plying the lake under his command still [p. [5], [miscellany]]
Page [5], [miscellany]