Discourse, circa 24 June 1844, as Reported by Alfred Bell

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The last discourse that Joseph Smith delivered in on the top of a frame building close to the on the 24 of June 1844
Laying his hand on the head of saying
This day the Lord has shown to me that which he has never shown me before, that I have thousands of friends that never pretended friendship: while others have sought to crawl into [p. [7]] my bosom on account of my good feelings towards them, and now are vipers and seek my life and if they shall take it, they will persue you they will do it any how, when you are obliged to fight, be sure that you do not stain your hands in the blood of women & children, and when your enemies call for quarters be sure that you grant them the same, and [p. [8]] then you will gain power over the world, you will be forever called the and as I have had the honor of being your General and leader I feel to say a few word for your comfort & I wish to ascertain your interest and faith in your futur of mission of life that you are engaged in, even the same cause which the power of the priesthood sealed upon you and [p. [9]] Your calling to minister life and salvation to all nations on the face if the earth, although things appear at the present time bad, the work of our enemies that they hold at the present time overwhelming over us, but I will liken these things to a wheel of fortune if we are at this time under the wheel, it is sure to be rolling on And as sure [p. [10]] will the saints be some time on the top of this great wheel if they hold on to the object in view
Our enemies are after me to trust myself amongst them by their crouching the honor of the by the & authorites of . I will therefore say to you as Saints and Elders of Israel be not troubled nor give yourselves uneasiness so as to make rash [p. [11]] moves by which you may be cut short in your preaching the gospel to this generation, for you will be called upon to go forth and call upon the free men from to gather themselves in the strong holds of the and the red men from the west and all people from the North & from the South and from the East to go [p. [12]] to the west to establish themselves in the strong holds of their gathering places and there you will gather the red man to their centrefrom their scattered & dispersed situation to become the strong arm of Jehovah who will be a strong bulwark of protection from your foes.
These things I feel to tell you before hand that you may always be ready for [p. [13]] your duty, for at this time I need the best of friends to stand by me and on this occasion I would like to know of you all by your answering yes or no Are you willing to lay down your lives for me. (Pause) when the Answer was with unanimous voice “Yes” I am your father, shall I not be your father when all with loud exclamation said yes, when again he said then I am willing to lay down my [p. [14]] life for you, And if innocent blood is spilt on this occasion (drawing his sword out of its scabbard and raised it above his head) I will call upon the gods to bear witness of this, I will draw my sword and it shall never be sheathed again until vengeance is taken upon all your enemies and I will call upon the elements in your defense [p. [15]] the winds with the whirlwinds & the thunder and the lightnings & the hailstorms— the heavens shall tremble and with earthquakes shall the earth be shaken And the seas heaving themselves beyond their bounds these things shall be brought to bear against your enemies for your preservation as the people of the Lord
We have given up our Arms and they have [p. [16]] taken away our right of protection by Our City Charter and now they desire that I shall surrender myself into their hands which I have consented to do, I only go to return to you again
With his blessing upon us we were dismissed to go Home [p. [17]]
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