Revelation, 27 October 1835
- Source Note
On 27 October 1835, , wife of and sister-in-law to JS, gave birth to her first child, . Though the child would live a long life, Mary’s labor and delivery had complications. JS’s journal records that Mary was “confined an[d] in a verry dangerous situation,” and the Smith family feared for Mary’s life. These circumstances prompted the family to dispatch nine miles to , Ohio, to fetch , a member of the First Presidency and a practicing physician.Following ’s departure, JS “went out into the field and bowed before the Lord and called upon him in mighty prayer in her [’s] behalf.” As recorded in his journal, in response to his supplication JS received a revelation assuring him that would come and that the baby and the mother would survive. Williams arrived at ’s house about an hour later, and following another two hours of labor, Mary gave birth to .After the delivery, JS recounted the experience to his scribe, , who recorded the day’s events, including the revelation, in JS’s journal. Speaking of the revelation, the journal concluded, “Thus what God had manifested to me was fulfilled every whit.”
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