Lucy Mack Smith, History, 1845

  • Source Note
  • Historical Introduction
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The hand of friendship was extended on every side; and we blessed God with our whole heart, for his mercy which endureth forever: and not only temporal, but <​also​> Spiritual blessings were bestowed upon us; as the scripture which saith, “Your old men shall dream dreams.” was fulfilled in the case of my : about this time he had another Vision; which I shall here relate. This, with one more, is all of his that I shall obtrude upon the attention of my readers: although he had two others, but I cannot rem[em]ber them distinctly enough to rehearse them. The following, which was the sixth, ran thus:
“I thought I was walking alone, I was much fatigued, nevertheless I continued travelling. It seemed to me that I was going to meeting; that it was the day of judgment, and I was going to be judged. When I came in sight of the meeting house, I saw multitudes of people coming in every direction, and pressing with great anxiety towards the door of this great building; but I thought I should get there in time, hence there was no need of being in a hurry. But, on arriving at the door, I found it shut: I knocked for admission, and was informed by the porter, that I had come too late. I felt exceedingly troubled, and prayed earnestly for admittance. Presently I found that my flesh was perishing but:— I continued to pray; still my flesh was withered upon my bones. I was in a state of almost total despair, when the porter asked me, if I had done all that was necessary, in order to receive admission. I replied, that I had done all that was in my power to do. Then observed the porter, “Justice must be satisfied, after this, Mercy hath her claims.” It then occured to me to call upon God in the name of his son Jesus; and I cried out in the agony of my soul, “Oh Lord God, I beseech thee [p. 70]
The hand of friendship was extended on every side; and we blessed God with our whole heart, for his mercy which endureth forever: and not only temporal, but also Spiritual blessings were bestowed upon us; as the scripture which saith, “Your old men shall dream dreams.” was fulfilled in the case of my : about this time he had another Vision; which I shall here relate. This, with one more, is all of his that I shall obtrude upon the attention of my readers: he had two others, but I cannot remember them distinctly enough to rehearse them. The following, which was the sixth, ran thus:
“I thought I was walking alone, I was much fatigued, nevertheless I continued travelling. It seemed to me that I was going to meeting; that it was the day of judgment, and I was going to be judged. When I came in sight of the meeting house, I saw multitudes of people coming in every direction, and pressing with great anxiety towards the door of this great building; but I thought I should get there in time, hence there was no need of being in a hurry. But, on arriving at the door, I found it shut: I knocked for admission, and was informed by the porter, that I had come too late. I felt exceedingly troubled, and prayed earnestly for admittance. Presently I found that my flesh was perishing :— I continued to pray; still my flesh was withered upon my bones. I was in a state of almost total despair, when the porter asked me, if I had done all that was necessary, in order to receive admission. I replied, that I had done all that was in my power to do. Then observed the porter, “Justice must be satisfied, after this, Mercy hath her claims.” It then occured to me to call upon God in the name of his son Jesus; and I cried out in the agony of my soul, “Oh Lord God, I beseech thee [p. 70]
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