Lucy Mack Smith, History, 1845

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devil. He said if a man arose in meeting to speak, and was seized with a kind of paroxism, that drew his face and limbs in a violent and an unnatural manner which made him appear to be in pain; and gave utterance to strange sounds, which were incoprehensible to his audience, they might rely upon it, that he had the spirit of God the Devil. But, on the contrary when a man speaks by the spirit of God, he speaks from the abundance of his heart— his mind is filled with intelligence; and even should he be excited, it does not cause him to do any thing unseemly or ridiculous. He then called upon <​one of​> the brethren to speak, who arose and made the attempt; but was immediately seized with a kind of spasm, which drew his face, arms and fingers in a most astonishing manner. , by Joseph’s request, laid hands on the man; Whereupon he sunk back in a state of complete exhaustion. Joseph then called upon another man to speak; [6 words illegible] who stood in an open window— this man also attempted to speak; but was thrown forward into the house prostrate, unable to utter a sylable. He was <​also​> administered to; and the same effects followed as in the first instance.
These together with a few other examples of the s[a]me kind, convinced the brethren of the mistake under which they had been laboring; and they all rejoiced in the goodness of God, in once more condescending to lead the children of men by revelation and the gift of the Holy Ghost. [p. 193]
devil. He said if a man arose in meeting to speak, and was seized with a kind of paroxism, that drew his face and limbs in a violent and an unnatural manner which made him appear to be in pain; and gave utterance to strange sounds, which were incoprehensible to his audience, they might rely upon it, that he had the spirit of the Devil. But, on the contrary when a man speaks by the spirit of God, he speaks from the abundance of his heart— his mind is filled with intelligence; and even should he be excited, it does not cause him to do any thing unseemly or ridiculous. He then called upon one of the brethren to speak, who arose and made the attempt; but was immediately seized with a kind of spasm, which drew his face, arms and fingers in a most astonishing manner. , by Joseph’s request, laid hands on the man; Whereupon he sunk back in a state of complete exhaustion. Joseph then called upon another man to speak; who stood in an open window— this man also attempted to speak; but was thrown forward into the house prostrate, unable to utter a sylable. He was also administered to; and the same effects followed as in the first instance.
These together with a few other examples of the same kind, convinced the brethren of the mistake under which they had been laboring; and they all rejoiced in the goodness of God, in once more condescending to lead the children of men by revelation and the gift of the Holy Ghost. [p. 193]
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