Discourse, 9 April 1842, as Reported by Wilford Woodruff

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Joseph Smith spoke upon the occasion with much feelings & interest among his remarks he said it is a vary solomn & awful time I never felt more solomn it calles to mind the death of my oldest who died in & my Youngest Brother who died in It has been hard for me to live on earth & see those young men upon whome we have leaned upon as a support & comfort taken from us in the midst of their youth, yes it has been hard to be reconciled to these things I have sometimes felt that I should have felt more reconciled to have been called myself if it could have been the will of God, yet I know we ought to be still & know it is of God & be reconciled all is right it will be but a short time before we shall all in like manner be called, It may be the case with me as well as you Some has supposed that Br Joseph could not die but this is a mistake it is true their has been times when I have had the promise of my life to accomplish such & such things, but having accomplish[ed] those things I have not at present any lease of my life & am as liable to die as other men [p. [144]] I can say in my heart that I have not done any thing against that I am sorry for & I would ask any of his Companions if they have done any thing against him that they are sorry for. or that they would not like to meet at the bar of God if so let it prove as a warning to all men to deal justly before God & with all men then we shall be clear in the day of judgment When we loose a near & dear friend upon whom we have set our hearts we can never feel the same afterwards Knowing that if we set our hearts upon others they may in like manner be taken from us President Smith made many other interesting remarks[.] [p. [145]]


  1. 1

    Alvin Smith died in Palmyra, New York, on 19 November 1823 at the age of twenty-five. (Morgan, Cemetery Records, Palmyra, Wayne, New York, 2; Joseph Smith Sr., “To the Public,” Wayne Sentinel [Palmyra, NY], 29 Sept. 1824, [3].)  

    Morgan, Sara, comp. Cemetery Records, Palmyra, Wayne, New York. Salt Lake City: Genealogical Society, 1945. Copy at FHL.

    Wayne Sentinel. Palmyra, NY. 1823–1852, 1860–1861.

  2. 2

    Don Carlos Smith died in Nauvoo, Illinois, on 7 August 1841 at the age of twenty-five. (“Death of General Don Carlos Smith,” Times and Seasons, 16 Aug. 1841, 2:503.)  

    Times and Seasons. Commerce/Nauvoo, IL. Nov. 1839–Feb. 1846.

  3. 3

    See Psalm 46:10; and Revelation, 16–17 Dec. 1833 [D&C 101:16].  

  4. 4

    In a sermon delivered to the Female Relief Society of Nauvoo three weeks later, JS again candidly expressed sentiments about his own mortality. On a few prior occasions, JS suggested that his life was preserved so that he could accomplish the Lord’s work on earth. In November 1835, for example, JS told the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, “I supposed I had established this church on a permanent foundation when I went to the Missourie and indeed I did so, for if I had been taken away it would have been enough, but I yet live, and therefore God requires more at my hands.” (Discourse, 28 Apr. 1842; JS, Journal, 12 Nov. 1835.)  

  5. 5

    See Book of Mormon, 1840 ed., 138, 570 [Jacob 6:13; Moroni 10:27].