Lucy Mack Smith, History, 1845

  • Source Note
  • Historical Introduction
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want you to go on and finish the house, and take care of them in their old age— and do not any more let them work hard, as they are now in old age”
He then called to him and said: , you must be a good girl, and do all you can for and — Never forsake them— they have worked hard, and they are now getting old— Be kind to them, and remember what they have done for us.”
In the latter part of the same night fourth night he called for all the children, and exhorted them sepparately in the same strain as above. On coming to Joseph he said: “I am now going to die, the distress which I suffer, and the feelings which <​that​> I have, tell me, my time is very short.— I want you to be a good boy, and do every thing that lays in your power to obtain the record— Be faithful in receiving instruction, and in keeping every commandment that is given you— your brother must leave you; but remember the example which he has set for you, and set the same example for the children that are younger than yourself— and always be kind to and .”
He then asked me to take his little sister, , up, and bring her to him, for he wished to see her;— (he was always very fond of her, and was in the habit of taking her up and caressing her; which would naturally make her very fond of him) So I went to her and said: , wanted to see you.’ At this she started from her sleep, and screamed out; “, ; (she could not talk plain, being very young;) I took her to him, and when she got within reach of him, she sprang from my arms, and caught him round the neck, [p. 91]
want you to go on and finish the house, and take care of them in their old age— and do not any more let them work hard, as they are now in old age”
He then called to him and said: “, you must be a good girl, and do all you can for and — Never forsake them— they have worked hard, and they are now getting old— Be kind to them, and remember what they have done for us.”
In the latter part of the fourth night he called for all the children, and exhorted them sepparately in the same strain as above. On coming to Joseph he said: “I am now going to die, the distress which I suffer, and the feelings that I have, tell me, my time is very short.— I want you to be a good boy, and do every thing that lays in your power to obtain the record— Be faithful in receiving instruction, and in keeping every commandment that is given you— your brother must leave you; but remember the example which he has set for you, and set the same example for the children that are younger than yourself— and always be kind to and .”
He then asked me to take his little sister, , up, and bring her to him, for he wished to see her;— (he was always very fond of her, and was in the habit of taking her up and caressing her; which would naturally make her very fond of him) So I went to her and said: ‘, wanted to see you.’ At this she started from her sleep, and screamed out; “, ; (she could not talk plain, being very young;) I took her to him, and when she got within reach of him, she sprang from my arms, and caught him round the neck, [p. 91]
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