Lucy Mack Smith, History, 1844–1845

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  • Historical Introduction
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out to such as do then said he I took the money and soon had reason to rejoice that I did— After bidding him well our other acquaintances an affectionate farewell the boat was shoved from Shore and we were soon under fine headway I then began to think how it was best to set about the task which was laid upon me I called them all round me Now said I brothers and Sisters we have set out just as father Lehigh did to travel by the commandment of the Lord to a land that the Lord will show unto us if we are faithful and I want you all to be solemn and lift your hearts to God in prayer continualy that we may be prospered And for the present let the women <​sisters​> take seats on one side of the boat and the brethren on the other and we will sing a hymn they accordingly did as I desired but when we struck <​into​> the second hymn not the capt cried out to his mate do for Gods sake <​come here and​> take the helm and let me go for I must hear that singing when we finished the hym he expresssed his surprize and pleasure in the warmest terms and mentioned that his wife had left the boat because that he had taken a Mormon company on board which he regreted for he thought she would have enjoyed our society very much— At evening and asked me I thought it was best to have prayers twice a day This pleased me for it was what I intended before We seated ourselves and sang a hymn and the solemn Music rose in such sweet and melancholy on the clear air and and died away so beautifully upon the water that it melted every heart that heard it And when we bowed down before the Lord in prayer the Sun was just sinking our souls burned within us <​with love​> and we felt most sensibly that God Indeed bestowed his spirit upon his creature man even as in <​these last days as in​> former days When the evenings service was ended I went round among the brethren to ascertain how many of them had prepared themselves with food for the journey and to my surprize I discovered that there was no less than 20— who had not more than two meals <​victuals​> on hand These all I supported entirely <​by feeding them from meal to meal​> as well as 30 children from this clear to the end of the journey or they would have ben obliged to <​have​> turned back or have suffered or else suffer for the want of sust proper sustinance for those who [p. [3], bk. 11]
out to such as do then said he I took the money and soon had reason to rejoice that I did— After bidding him well our other acquaintances an affectionate farewell the boat was shoved from Shore and we were soon under fine headway I then began to think how it was best to set about the task which was laid upon me I called them all round me Now said I brothers and Sisters we have set out just as father Lehigh did to travel by the commandment of the Lord to a land that the Lord will show unto us if we are faithful and I want you all to be solemn and lift your hearts to God in prayer continualy that we may be prospered And for the present let the sisters take seats on one side of the boat and the brethren on the other and we will sing a hymn they accordingly did as I desired but when we struck into the second hymn the capt cried out to his mate do for Gods sake come here and take the helm and let me go for I must hear that singing when we finished the hym he expresssed his surprize and pleasure in the warmest terms and mentioned that his wife had left the boat because that he had taken a Mormon company on board which he regreted for he thought she would have enjoyed our society very much— At evening and asked me I thought it was best to have prayers twice a day This pleased me for it was what I intended before We seated ourselves and sang a hymn and the solemn Music rose in such sweet and melancholy on the clear air and and died away so beautifully upon the water that it melted every heart that heard it And when we bowed down before the Lord in prayer our souls burned within us with love and we felt most sensibly that God Indeed bestowed his spirit upon his creature man even as in these last days as in former days When the evenings service was ended I went round among the brethren to ascertain how many of them had prepared themselves with food for the journey and to my surprize I discovered that there was no less than 20— who had not more than two meals victuals on hand These all I supported entirely by feeding them from meal to meal as well as 30 children clear to the end of the journey or they would have ben obliged to have turned back or else suffer for the want of proper sustinance for those who [p. [3], bk. 11]
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