Lucy Mack Smith, History, 1845

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Shortly after my received the foregoing vision, there was a great revival in religion; which extended to all the denominations of Christians in the surrounding country in which we resided. Many of the worlds people becoming concerned about the salvation of their souls, came forward and presented themselves as seekers after religion; most of whom [2 words illegible] wished to unite with some church, but were not decided as to the particular faith, which they would subscribe to. When the meeting was about breaking up, and the candidates, and the various leading church members began to consult upon the subject of receiving the former into some church or churches, as the case might be, a terrible dispute arose, and there was great contention among them.
While these things were going forward, Joseph’s mind became considerably troubled excited upon the subject of religion; and the following extract from his history (Times & Seasons) will show, more clearly than I can express, the state of his feelings and the result of his reflections on this occasion:
“I was at this time in my 15th year, my ’s family was proselyted to the Presbyterian faith, and four of them joined that church, namely, my mother, , my brothers (, and , and my sister .
“During this time of great excitement my mind was called up to serious reflection, and great uneasiness; but though my feelings were deep and often pungent still I kept myself aloof from all those parties, though I attended their several meetings as often as occasion would permit: but in process of time my mind became somewhat partial to the [p. 73]
Shortly after my received the foregoing vision, there was a great revival in religion; which extended to all the denominations of Christians in the surrounding country in which we resided. Many of the worlds people becoming concerned about the salvation of their souls, came forward and presented themselves as seekers after religion; most of whom wished to unite with some church, but were not decided as to the particular faith, which they would subscribe to. When the meeting was about breaking up, and the candidates, and the various leading church members began to consult upon the subject of receiving the former into some church or churches, as the case might be, a terrible dispute arose, and there was great contention among them.
While these things were going forward, Joseph’s mind became considerably excited upon the subject of religion; and the following extract from his history (Times & Seasons) will show, more clearly than I can express, the state of his feelings and the result of his reflections on this occasion:
“I was at this time in my 15th year, my ’s family was proselyted to the Presbyterian faith, and four of them joined that church, namely, my mother, , my brothers (, and , and my sister .
“During this time of great excitement my mind was called up to serious reflection, and great uneasiness; but though my feelings were deep and often pungent still I kept myself aloof from all those parties, though I attended their several meetings as often as occasion would permit: but in process of time my mind became somewhat partial to the [p. 73]
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