Lucy Mack Smith, History, 1845

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About this time my ’s mind became much excited upon the subject of religion; yet, he would not subscribe to any particular system of faith, but contended for the ancient order, as established by our Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ, and his Apostles. One night he retired to his bed in a very thoughtful state of mind, contemplating the confusion and discord that reigned in the religious world. He soon fell asleep; and before he awoke he had the following Vision; which I <​shall​> relate in his own words as he told it to me the next morning:—
“I seemed’ said he, “to be travelling in an open barren field; and I turned my eyes towards the East, the west, the North, and the South, but could see nothing save dead fallen timber: not a vestige of life, either animal or vegetable could be seen; besides, to render the scene still more dreary, the most death-like silence prevailed: no sound of any thing animate could be heard in all the field. I was alone in this gloomy desert, with the exception of an attendant spirit; who kept constantly by my side. Of him I inquired the meaning of what I saw; and why I was thus travelling in such a dismal place. He answered thus: ‘this field is the world which now lieth inanimate and dumb in regard to the true religion, or plan of salvation; but travel on, and, by the way-side, you will find on a certain log, a box; the contents of which, if you eat thereof, will make you wise, and give unto you wisdom and undertstanding.’ I carefully observed what was told me by my guide; and proceeding a short distance, I came to the Box. I took it immediately and placed it under my left arm; then, with eagerness, raised the lid, and began to taste its contents. Upon this all manner of beasts, horned [p. 52]
About this time my ’s mind became much excited upon the subject of religion; yet, he would not subscribe to any particular system of faith, but contended for the ancient order, as established by our Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ, and his Apostles. One night he retired to his bed in a very thoughtful state of mind, contemplating the confusion and discord that reigned in the religious world. He soon fell asleep; and before he awoke he had the following Vision; which I shall relate in his own words as he told it to me the next morning:—
“I seemed’ said he, “to be travelling in an open barren field; and I turned my eyes towards the East, the west, the North, and the South, but could see nothing save dead fallen timber: not a vestige of life, either animal or vegetable could be seen; besides, to render the scene still more dreary, the most death-like silence prevailed: no sound of any thing animate could be heard in all the field. I was alone in this gloomy desert, with the exception of an attendant spirit; who kept constantly by my side. Of him I inquired the meaning of what I saw; and why I was thus travelling in such a dismal place. He answered thus: ‘this field is the world which now lieth inanimate and dumb in regard to the true religion, or plan of salvation; but travel on, and, by the way-side, you will find on a certain log, a box; the contents of which, if you eat thereof, will make you wise, and give unto you wisdom and undertstanding.’ I carefully observed what was told me by my guide; and proceeding a short distance, I came to the Box. I took it immediately and placed it under my left arm; then, with eagerness, raised the lid, and began to taste its contents. Upon this all manner of beasts, horned [p. 52]
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