Lucy Mack Smith, History, 1845

  • Source Note
  • Historical Introduction
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from the different orders of religion.
On the evening, of the 21st <​September​> 1823, he retired to his bed in quite a serious and contemplative state of mind; he shortly betook himself to prayer and supplication to Almighty God, for a manifestation of his standing before him; and while thus engaged, he received the following vision (Extract from his history, Times & Seasons).
“While I was thus in the act of calling upon God, I discovered a light appearing in the room, which continued to increase until the room was lighter than at noonday, when immediately a personage appeared at my bedside, standing in the air; for his feet did not touch the floor. He had on a loose robe of most exquisite whiteness. I[t] was a whiteness beyond anything earthly I had ever seen; nor do I believe that any earthly thing could be made to appear so exceedingly white and brilliant; his hand<​s​> were naked and his arms also a little above the wrist: So also were his feet naked, as were his legs a little above the ankles. His head and neck were also bare. I could discover that he had no other clothing on but this robe, as it was open, so that I could see into his bosom. Not only was his robe exceedingly white, but his whole person was glorious beyond description, and his countenance truly like lightning. The room was exceedingly light, but not so very bright, as immediately around his person. When I first looked upon him I was afraid but the fear soon left me. He called me by name, and said unto me that he was a messenger sent from the presence of God to me, and, that his name was Nephi. That God had a work for me to do, and that my name should be had for good and evil, among all nations, kindreds, and tongues; [p. 79]
from the different orders of religion.
On the evening, of the 21st September 1823, he retired to his bed in quite a serious and contemplative state of mind; he shortly betook himself to prayer and supplication to Almighty God, for a manifestation of his standing before him; and while thus engaged, he received the following vision (Extract from his history, Times & Seasons).
“While I was thus in the act of calling upon God, I discovered a light appearing in the room, which continued to increase until the room was lighter than at noonday, when immediately a personage appeared at my bedside, standing in the air; for his feet did not touch the floor. He had on a loose robe of most exquisite whiteness. It was a whiteness beyond anything earthly I had ever seen; nor do I believe that any earthly thing could be made to appear so exceedingly white and brilliant; his hands were naked and his arms also a little above the wrist: So also were his feet naked, as were his legs a little above the ankles. His head and neck were also bare. I could discover that he had no other clothing on but this robe, as it was open, so that I could see into his bosom. Not only was his robe exceedingly white, but his whole person was glorious beyond description, and his countenance truly like lightning. The room was exceedingly light, but not so very bright, as immediately around his person. When I first looked upon him I was afraid but the fear soon left me. He called me by name, and said unto me that he was a messenger sent from the presence of God to me, and, that his name was Nephi. That God had a work for me to do, and that my name should be had for good and evil, among all nations, kindreds, and tongues; [p. 79]
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