Lucy Mack Smith, History, 1845

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as it had been before this heavenly light had made its appearance.
“I lay musing on the singularity of the scene, and marveling greatly at what had been told me by this extraordinary messenger, when in the midst of my meditation, I suddenly discovered, that my room was again beginning to get lighted, an in and, in an instant, as it were, the same heavenly messenger, was again by my bedside. He commenced and related the very same things, which he had done at his first visit without the least variation, which having done, he informed me of great judgments. which were coming upon the earth, with great desolations by famine, sword, and pestilence; and that these grievous judgments would come on the earth in this generation. Having related these things, he again ascended as he had done before.”
When the angel ascended the second time, he left Joseph overwhelmed with astonishment, yet gave him but a short time to contemplate the things, which he had told him, when the angel made his reappearance and rehearsed the same things over, adding a few words of caution and instruction: thus, that he must beware of covetousness; and he must not suppose the record is to be brought forth with the view of getting gain; for this was not the case; but that it was to bring forth light and intelligence, which had for a long time been lost to the world: and, that when he went to get the plates, he must be on his guard, or his mind would be filled with darkness. The angel then told him to tell his all which he had both seen and heard. [p. 82]
as it had been before this heavenly light had made its appearance.
“I lay musing on the singularity of the scene, and marveling greatly at what had been told me by this extraordinary messenger, when in the midst of my meditation, I suddenly discovered, that my room was again beginning to get lighted, and, in an instant, as it were, the same heavenly messenger, was again by my bedside. He commenced and related the very same things, which he had done at his first visit without the least variation, which having done, he informed me of great judgments. which were coming upon the earth, with great desolations by famine, sword, and pestilence; and that these grievous judgments would come on the earth in this generation. Having related these things, he again ascended as he had done before.”
When the angel ascended the second time, he left Joseph overwhelmed with astonishment, yet gave him but a short time to contemplate the things, which he had told him, when the angel made his reappearance and rehearsed the same things over, adding a few words of caution and instruction: thus, that he must beware of covetousness; and he must not suppose the record is to be brought forth with the view of getting gain; for this was not the case; but that it was to bring forth light and intelligence, which had for a long time been lost to the world: and, that when he went to get the plates, he must be on his guard, or his mind would be filled with darkness. The angel then told him to tell his all which he had both seen and heard. [p. 82]
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