Lucy Mack Smith, History, 1845

  • Source Note
  • Historical Introduction
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felt much like Paul when he made his defence before King Agrippa, and related the account of the vision he had when he “saw the a light and heard a voice.” But still there were but few who believed him; some said he was dishonest, others said he was mad; and he was ridiculed and reviled; but all this did not destroy the reality of his vision. He had seen a vision, he knew he had, and all the persecution under heaven could not make it otherwise, and though they should persecute him unto death yet he knew and would know unto his latest breath, that he had both seen a light and heard a voice speaking to him, and all the world could not make him think or believe otherwise.— So it was with me, I had actually seen a light, and in the midst of that light I saw two personages, and they did in reality speak unto me, or one of them did; and though I was hated and persecuted for saying that I had seen a vision; yet it was true, and while they were persecuting me, reviling me and speaking all manner of evil against me falsly for so saying, I was led to say in my heart, why persecute for telling the truth? I have actually seen a vision, and “who am I that I can withstand God, or why does the world think to make me deny, what I have actually seen; for I had seen a vision; I knew it, and I knew that God knew it, and I could not deny it, neither dare I do it, at least I knew, that by so doing I would offend God, and come under condemnation.”
From this time until the 21st of Sep. 1823, Joseph continued as usual to labor with his ; and nothing during this interval occured of very great importance; though he suffered, as one would naturally suppose every kind of opposition and persecution [p. 78]
felt much like Paul when he made his defence before King Agrippa, and related the account of the vision he had when he “saw a light and heard a voice.” But still there were but few who believed him; some said he was dishonest, others said he was mad; and he was ridiculed and reviled; but all this did not destroy the reality of his vision. He had seen a vision, he knew he had, and all the persecution under heaven could not make it otherwise, and though they should persecute him unto death yet he knew and would know unto his latest breath, that he had both seen a light and heard a voice speaking to him, and all the world could not make him think or believe otherwise.— So it was with me, I had actually seen a light, and in the midst of that light I saw two personages, and they did in reality speak unto me, or one of them did; and though I was hated and persecuted for saying that I had seen a vision; yet it was true, and while they were persecuting me, reviling me and speaking all manner of evil against me falsly for so saying, I was led to say in my heart, why persecute for telling the truth? I have actually seen a vision, and “who am I that I can withstand God, or why does the world think to make me deny, what I have actually seen; for I had seen a vision; I knew it, and I knew that God knew it, and I could not deny it, neither dare I do it, at least I knew, that by so doing I would offend God, and come under condemnation.”
From this time until the 21st of Sep. 1823, Joseph continued as usual to labor with his ; and nothing during this interval occured of very great importance; though he suffered, every kind of opposition and persecution [p. 78]
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