Lucy Mack Smith, History, 1845

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church would turn away from Joseph was, because that he was in transgression himself; and would fall from his office on account of the same; that or would fill Joseph’s place: and that the one, who did not succeed him, would be councillor to him who did.
This girl soon became an object of great attention among those who were disaffected. , the ex justice of the peace, became her scribe; and wrote her revelations for her. , who lived in the same house with , soon imbibed the same spirit; and I was informed, that he said in one of their meetings, that he had “power to raise Joe. <​Joseph​> Smith to the highest heaven, or Sink him down to the lowest hell.”
Soon after this, came to our house, and I questioned him relative to what he had said concerning Joseph. I not having mentioned the matter to my , he did not understand what I meant at first; but after a little explanation, he warned to repent of the injudicious co[u]rse that he was taking, and speedily confess his sins to the church, or the judgements of God would overtake him. received this admontion, and acknowledging his fault agreed to confess to the brethren the first opportunity. but The next morning he was siezed with a violent pain in his eyes, and continued in great distress for two days. On the evening of the second day, he arose from his bed, and kneeling down, besaught the Lord to heal him; covenanting to make a full confession to the church at the meeting the next sunday.
Accordingly, the next sunday he arose and stated to the brethren, that he had done wrong; and asking their forgiveness, begged to be received again into their confidence. He did not however, state what he had done that was wrong; nevertheless his confession was received, and he was forgiven. But [p. 236]
church would turn away from Joseph was, because that he was in transgression himself; and would fall from his office on account of the same; that or would fill Joseph’s place: and that the one, who did not succeed him, would be councillor to him who did.
This girl soon became an object of great attention among those who were disaffected. , , became her scribe; and wrote her revelations for her. , who lived in the same house with , soon imbibed the same spirit; and I was informed, that he said in one of their meetings, that he had “power to raise Joseph Smith to the highest heaven, or Sink him down to the lowest hell.”
Soon after this, came to our house, and I questioned him relative to what he had said concerning Joseph. I not having mentioned the matter to my , he did not understand what I meant at first; but after a little explanation, he warned to repent of the injudicious course that he was taking, and speedily confess his sins to the church, or the judgements of God would overtake him. received this admontion, and acknowledging his fault agreed to confess to the brethren the first opportunity. The next morning he was siezed with a violent pain in his eyes, and continued in great distress for two days. On the evening of the second day, he arose from his bed, and kneeling down, besaught the Lord to heal him; covenanting to make a full confession to the church at the meeting the next sunday.
Accordingly, the next sunday he arose and stated to the brethren, that he had done wrong; and asking their forgiveness, begged to be received again into their confidence. He did not however, state what he had done that was wrong; nevertheless his confession was received, and he was forgiven. But [p. 236]
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