Lucy Mack Smith, History, 1845

  • Source Note
  • Historical Introduction
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the end of their journey;— and why is it so? have any of you lacked? have not I set food before you every day, and m[a]de you who had not provided for yourselves, as welcome as my own children? Where is your faith? Where is your confidence in God? Can you not realize that all things were made by him, and, that he rules over the works of his own hands? and suppose that all the saints here should raise their hearts in prayer to God that the way might be opened before us, how easy it would be for him to cause the ice to break away; so that in a moments time we could be on our journey.”
Just then a man on shore cried, “Is the Book of Mormon true?”
“That book.” replied I “was brought forth by the power of God, and translated by the gift of the Holy Ghost; and, if I could make my voice <​to​> sound as loud as the trumpet of Micheal the Arch Angel, I would declare the truth from of the same from land to land, and from sea to sea, and the echo should reach to every Isle, untill every member of the family of Adam should be left without excuse; for I do testify that, God has revealed myself himself to man again in these last days, and has set his hand to gather his people upon a goodly land; and if they obey his commandments it shall be unto them for an inheritance; whereas, if they rebel against his law, his hand will be against them to scatter them abroad, and cut them off from the face of the Earth; and, that he has commenced a work which will prove a savior of life unto life, or of death to every one who stands here this day; of life unto life if you will receive it, or of death unto death, if you reject the counsel of God for every man shall have the desires of his heart— if he desires the truth he may hear and live; but, if he tramples upon the simplicity of the word of God he will shut the gate of Heaven against himself.”— Then turning to our own company I said, “Now brethren and sisters, if you will all of you, raise your desi [p. 202]
the end of their journey;— and why is it so? have any of you lacked? have not I set food before you every day, and made you who had not provided for yourselves, as welcome as my own children? Where is your faith? Where is your confidence in God? Can you not realize that all things were made by him, and, that he rules over the works of his own hands? and suppose that all the saints here should raise their hearts in prayer to God that the way might be opened before us, how easy it would be for him to cause the ice to break away; so that in a moments time we could be on our journey.”
Just then a man on shore cried, “Is the Book of Mormon true?”
“That book.” replied I “was brought forth by the power of God, and translated by the gift of the Holy Ghost; and, if I could make my voice to sound as loud as the trumpet of Micheal the Arch Angel, I would declare the truth of the same from land to land, and from sea to sea, and the echo should reach to every Isle, untill every member of the family of Adam should be left without excuse; for I do testify that, God has revealed himself to man again in these last days, and has set his hand to gather his people upon a goodly land; and if they obey his commandments it shall be unto them for an inheritance; whereas, if they rebel against his law, his hand will be against them to scatter them abroad, and cut them off from the face of the Earth; and, that he has commenced a work which will prove a savior of life unto life, or of death to every one who stands here this day; of life unto life if you will receive it, or of death unto death, if you reject the counsel of God for every man shall have the desires of his heart— if he desires the truth he may hear and live; but, if he tramples upon the simplicity of the word of God he will shut the gate of Heaven against himself.”— Then turning to our own company I said, “Now brethren and sisters, if you will all of you, raise your desi [p. 202]
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