Lucy Mack Smith, History, 1845

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receive a reward in heaven. This dying blessing, and also your patriarchal blessing, I seal upon your head in the name of Jesus Even so; Amen.”
After this he spoke to me again and said: “; do you not know that you are one of the most singular women in the world?” “No,” I replied, “I do not.” “Well I do,” he continued;— “you have brought up my children for me by the fireside, and, when I was gone from home, you comforted them— You have brought up my chidren; and could always comfort them when I could not— we have often wished, that we might both die at the same time; but you must not desire to die when I do; for you must stay to comfort the children when I am gone— so do not mourn but try to be comforted— your last days shall be your best days, as to being driven; for you shall have more power over your enemies than you have had— Again I say be comforted.”
He then paused for some time, being exhausted. After which he said, in a tone of surprize: I can see and hear, as well as ever I could.— (A second pause of considerable length]- “I see — (Third pause) “I shall live seven or eight minutes.” Then straightening himself, he laid his hands together; after which he began to breathe shorter; and in about eight minutes his breath stopped, without a struggle or a sigh <​and his spirit took its flight to <​the​> regions of where the justified spirits ones rest from their labors​> He departed so calmly, that, for sometime, we could not believe, but that he would breathe again.—— did not arrive until the evening of the second day after his decease Still we were compelled to attend to his obsequies the day after his decease, or run the risk of seeing Joseph and torn from their ’s corpese before it was interred, and carried away by their enemies to prison. After we had deposited his last remains in its narrow house, my sons fled from the , and I returned to my desolate home; and I then thought, that the [p. 301]
receive a reward in heaven. This dying blessing, and also your patriarchal blessing, I seal upon your head in the name of Jesus Even so; Amen.”
After this he spoke to me again and said: “; do you not know that you are one of the most singular women in the world?” “No,” I replied, “I do not.” “Well I do,” he continued;— “you have brought up my children for me by the fireside, and, when I was gone from home, you comforted them— You have brought up my chidren; and could always comfort them when I could not— we have often wished, that we might both die at the same time; but you must not desire to die when I do; for you must stay to comfort the children when I am gone— so do not mourn but try to be comforted— your last days shall be your best days, as to being driven; for you shall have more power over your enemies than you have had— Again I say be comforted.”
He then paused for some time, being exhausted. After which he said, in a tone of surprize: I can see and hear, as well as ever I could.— (A second pause of considerable length]- “I see — (Third pause) “I shall live seven or eight minutes.” Then straightening himself, he laid his hands together; after which he began to breathe shorter; and in about eight minutes his breath stopped, without a struggle or a sigh and his spirit took its flight to the regions where the justified ones rest from their labors He departed so calmly, that, for sometime, we could not believe, but that he would breathe again.—— did not arrive until the evening of the second day Still we were compelled to attend to his obsequies the day after his decease, or run the risk of seeing Joseph and torn from their ’s corpese before it was interred, and carried away by their enemies to prison. After we had deposited his last remains in its narrow house, my sons fled from the , and I returned to my desolate home; and I then thought, that the [p. 301]
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