Lucy Mack Smith, History, 1844–1845

  • Source Note
  • Historical Introduction
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When they arived there Joseph was not at home wh as he had been so hurried with buisnes and writing &c that he could not proceed with the work as fast as it was necsary for him to do and <​there was also another disadvantage under which he had to labor​> had so much of her time taken up with her work that she could not write but little for him accordingly 2 or 3 days before the arrival of and he feeling it his priviledge to lay hold of the promise of the angel that the Lord would send him a scribe he called upon the His Heavenly Father for the promised assistance and was informed that the same should be forthcoming in a few days. As soon <​after​> was introduced to him he <​informed Joseph what his business was​> said Mr Smith I have come for the purpose of writing for you This was not at all expected to Joseph for although he had never seen before he knew that the Lord was able to perform and that he had been faithful to fulfill all his promises.) They then sat down and conversed togather untill late bed time and Joseph told His entire history as far as it was necessary for his information in those things which concerned him. They <​were​> soon deeply engaged in the work of writing and translation, and progressed rapidly; one morning however they sat down to their usual work when the first thing that presented itself to Joseph was a commandment from God that he and should repair to the water each of them be baptized they immediately went down to the susquehanah river and obeyed the comn mandate given them through the urim and Thumim as they were on their return to the house they oveheard in a secluded spot engaged in secret prayer They had now received authority to baptize and Joseph said that he considered it a sufficient testimony of th ’s honesty of heart and zeal for religion that they had found him privately bowing before the Lord in praye[r] that for himself he thought it was an evidence readiness for baptism was of the same opinion and they spoke to who went with them straightway to the water and was baptized After this they again went on with the translation as before. remained with his brother untill July or August whe he then went back to the state of and brought us news of their success and prosperity [p. [4], bk. 8]
When they arived there Joseph was not at home he had been so hurried with buisnes and writing &c that he could not proceed with the work as fast as it was necsary for him to do and there was also another disadvantage under which he had to labor had so much of her time taken up with her work that she could write but little for him accordingly 2 or 3 days before the arrival of and he feeling it his priviledge to lay hold of the promise of the angel that the Lord would send him a scribe called upon His Heavenly Father for the promised assistance and was informed that the same should be forthcoming in a few days. As soon after was introduced to him he informed Joseph what his business was They sat down and conversed togather untill late bed time and Joseph told His entire history as far as it was necessary for his information in those things which concerned him. They were soon deeply engaged in the work of writing and translation, and progressed rapidly; one morning however they sat down to their usual work when the first thing that presented itself to Joseph was a commandment from God that he and should repair to the water each of them be baptized they immediately went down to the susquehanah river and obeyed the mandate given them through the urim and Thumim as they were on their return to the house they oveheard in a secluded spot engaged in secret prayer They had now received authority to baptize and Joseph said that he considered it a sufficient testimony of ’s honesty of heart and zeal for religion that they had found him privately bowing before the Lord in prayer that for himself he thought it was an evidence readiness for baptism was of the same opinion and they spoke to who went with them straightway to the water and was baptized After this they again went on with the translation as before. remained with his brother untill July or August he then went back to the state of and brought us news of their success and prosperity [p. [4], bk. 8]
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