Lucy Mack Smith, History, 1844–1845

  • Source Note
  • Historical Introduction
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with its ordinary disadvantages could ever have done Thus my older children became confirmed in habits of gentleness piety and reflection which were under these circumstances more easily impressed upon the minds of those who came after them and I have often thought it would have been more difficult to have brought them into the channel in they were reared in had they not inherited much of the disposition of thier excelent mother whose prayers and alms our first was from came up dialy before that all seeing eye that rests upon all his works.
The oldest <​son​> jason was a studious lad and manly boy and before he atained his 16th year he became what is termed a Seeker a beleiver in the power of God manifest through the medium of prayer and faith he held that there was no church in existence which held to the pure principles of the Gospel but labored incessantly to convince the people that by an exercise of prayer the blessings and privileges of the a[n]cient diciples of jesus might be obtained and eventualy would be. At the age of 20 he became a minister of the gospel. Shortly after this he became enamored of a beautiful young and wealthy young woman by the name of Esther Bruce of the State of new Hamshire of whom he was passionately fond; she seemed also to have the most fervent attachment for him They were engaged to be married and every preparation was being made for their approaching nuptials when I received word <​a letter​> from stating that a heavy debt that had been due me for a long time was collected and ready for me it was agreed that the marriage of my son should be deferred and he should accompany me to he left his betrothed with a heavy heart but with this arrangement, that he was to write to her and his sisters conjointly once in 3 months Shortly after his departure or in due time a letter arrived, which She received most joyfully but the it was never followed by another from [p. 5, bk. [1]]
with its ordinary disadvantages could ever have done Thus my older children became confirmed in habits of gentleness piety and reflection which were under these circumstances more easily impressed upon the minds of those who came after them and I have often thought it would have been more difficult to have brought them into the channel they were reared in had they not inherited much of the disposition of thier excelent mother whose prayers and alms came up dialy before that all seeing eye that rests upon all his works.
The oldest son jason was a studious manly boy and before he atained his 16th year he became what is termed a Seeker a beleiver in the power of God manifest through the medium of prayer and faith he held that there was no church in existence which held to the pure principles of the Gospel but labored incessantly to convince the people that by an exercise of prayer the blessings and privileges of the ancient diciples of jesus might be obtained and eventualy would be. At the age of 20 he became a minister of the gospel. Shortly after this he became enamored of a beautiful and wealthy young woman by the name of Esther Bruce of the State of new Hamshire of whom he was passionately fond; she seemed also to have the most fervent attachment for him They were engaged to be married and every preparation was being made for their approaching nuptials when I received a letter from stating that a heavy debt that had been due me for a long time was collected and ready for me it was agreed that the marriage of my son should be deferred and he should accompany me to he left his betrothed with a heavy heart but with this arrangement, that he was to write to her and his sisters conjointly once in 3 months Shortly after his departure or in due time a letter arrived, which She received most joyfully but it was never followed by another from [p. 5, bk. [1]]
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