Lucy Mack Smith, History, 1845

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which appeared to me about as thick as a spider’s web, and he told me, that I must return again to warn the people to prepare for death— that I must exhort them to be watchful, as well as prayerful; and I must declare faithfully unto them their accountability before God, and the certainty of their being called to stand before the judgment seat of Christ:— And, that if I would do so, my life should be prolonged.”
After which she spoke much to the people upon the uncertainty of life. When she sat down her husband and sister, as well as those who were with her during the last night of sickness, arose and [2 words illegible] C◊◊cring testified to her appearance just before her sudden recovery. Of these things she continued to speak boldly for the space of three years; at the end of which she was seized with the consumption, which terminated her earthly existence.
A short time before Lovisa was healed, in the miraculous manner, as above stated, Lovina was taken with a severe cough; which ended in consumption. She lingered three years. During this time she spoke with much calmness of her approaching disolution, contemplating death with all that serenity, which is characteristical of the last moments of those, who fear God and walk uprightly before him. She conjured her young friends to remember, that life upon this earth cannot be eternal: hence the necessity of looking beyond ‘this vail of tears to a glorious inheritance’, ‘where moths do not corrupt, nor thieves break through and steal.’
The care of Lovina during her illness devolved chiefly upon myself. Which task, though a melancholy one, I cheerfully performed; and, although she [p. 14]
which appeared to me about as thick as a spider’s web, and he told me, that I must return again to warn the people to prepare for death— that I must exhort them to be watchful, as well as prayerful; and I must declare faithfully unto them their accountability before God, and the certainty of their being called to stand before the judgment seat of Christ:— And, that if I would do so, my life should be prolonged.”
After which she spoke much to the people upon the uncertainty of life. When she sat down her husband and sister, as well as those who were with her during the last night of sickness, arose and testified to her appearance just before her sudden recovery. Of these things she continued to speak boldly for the space of three years; at the end of which she was seized with the consumption, which terminated her earthly existence.
A short time before Lovisa was healed, in the miraculous manner, as above stated, Lovina was taken with a severe cough; which ended in consumption. She lingered three years. During this time she spoke with much calmness of her approaching disolution, contemplating death with all that serenity, which is characteristic of the last moments of those, who fear God and walk uprightly before him. She conjured her young friends to remember, that life upon this earth cannot be eternal: hence the necessity of looking beyond ‘this vail of tears to a glorious inheritance’, ‘where moths do not corrupt, nor thieves break through and steal.’
The care of Lovina during her illness devolved chiefly upon myself. Which task, though a melancholy one, I cheerfully performed; and, although she [p. 14]
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