Lucy Mack Smith, History, 1844–1845

  • Source Note
  • Historical Introduction
Page [6], bk. 8
image
strengthened me in this hour of trial for I was not then so much accostomed to such things as I was afterwards firs this was the first time that a suit was ever brought before any court which affected any of my Children and I trembled for the is[s]ue but I retired by myself and bowed to a secluded place and bowed myself before God and poured out my whole soul in impassioned entreaties for the safety of my son I continued my suplication for some time at length the spirit fell upon me so powerfully that every feeling of foreboding or distress was entirely removed and and a voice spoke to me saying not one hair of his head shall be harmed. I was satisfied and rose up and went into the house I never had felt as happy in my life as I did then I sat down and began to read but my feelings were to[o] intense to permit me to do so My daughterinlaw came into the room soon after as She turned her eyes upon me she stopped short saying why what is the Matter I never saw you look so strange in my life I told her I never had been so happy before indeed said <​I​> my heart was <​is​> so light and my mind so completely at rest that it did <​does​> not seem to me as though I should ever have any more trouble while I lived and I have got a witness from the Lord that Joseph’[s] enemies would <​will​> have no power over him for I have received a promise that he shall be protected Overpowered by the strength of my feelings I burst into tears and sobbed aloud
I will now relate the proceedings of the court after the setting of the same the witness were sworn The 1st. Witness testified that Joseph Smith told him that the box which he had contained nothing but sand and he only said it was gold plates to deceive the people 2nd. Witness Swore that Joseph Smith told upon a certain occasion that it was nothing but a box of lead and he was determined to use it as he saw fit
3rd. Witness declared under oath that he enquired of Joseph Smith what he had in that box and Joseph [said?] to him that there was [p. [6], bk. 8]
strengthened me in this hour of trial for I was not then so much accostomed to such things as I was afterwards this was the first time that a suit was ever brought before any court which affected any of my Children and I trembled for the issue but I retired to a secluded place and bowed myself before God and poured out my whole soul in impassioned entreaties for the safety of my son I continued my suplication for some time at length the spirit fell upon me so powerfully that every feeling of foreboding or distress was entirely removed and a voice spoke to me saying not one hair of his head shall be harmed. I was satisfied and rose up and went into the house I never had felt as happy in my life as I did then I sat down and began to read but my feelings were too intense to permit me to do so My daughterinlaw came into the room soon after as She turned her eyes upon me she stopped short saying why what is the Matter I never saw you look so strange in my life I told her I never had been so happy before said I my heart is so light and my mind so completely at rest that it does not seem to me as though I should ever have any more trouble while I lived I have got a witness from the Lord that Joseph’s enemies will have no power over him I have received a promise that he shall be protected Overpowered by the strength of my feelings I burst into tears
I will now relate the proceedings of the court after the setting of the same the witness were sworn The 1st. Witness testified that Joseph Smith told him that the box which he had contained nothing but sand and he only said it was gold plates to deceive the people 2nd. Witness Swore that Joseph Smith told upon a certain occasion that it was nothing but a box of lead and he was determined to use it as he saw fit
3rd. Witness declared under oath that he enquired of Joseph Smith what he had in that box and Joseph [said] to him that there was [p. [6], bk. 8]
Page [6], bk. 8