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“Extract, from the Private Journal of Joseph Smith Jr.,” July 1839

“Extract, from the Private Journal of Joseph Smith Jr.,” July 1839

nearly all that they possessed be driven from their homes, and forced to wander as strangers in a strange country, in order, that they might save themselves and their little ones, from the destructions they were threatened with in Missouri

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: yet, as far as I was concerned, I felt perfectly calm, and resigned to the will of my heavenly Father. I knew my innocency, as well as that of the saints; and that we had done nothing to deserve such treatment from the hands of our oppressors: consequently, I could look to that God, who has the hearts of all men in his hands, and who had saved me frequently from the gates of death, for deliverance: and notwithstanding that every avenue of escape seemed to be entirely closed, and death stared me in the face, and that my destruction was determined upon, as far as man was concerned; yet, from my first entrance into the camp, I felt an assurance, that I with my brethren and our families should be delivered. Yes, that still small voice, which has so often whispered consolation to my soul, in the depth of sorrow and distress, bade me be of good cheer, and promised deliverance, which gave me great comfort: and although the heathen raged, and the people imagined vain things, yet the Lord of hosts, the God of Jacob, was my refuge; and when I cried unto him in the day of trouble, he delivered me; for which I call upon my soul, and and all that is within me, to bless and praise his holy name: For although I was “troubled on every side, yet not distressed; perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not forsaken; cast down, but not destroyed.”
The conduct of the saints under their accumulated wrongs and sufferings, has been praise-worthy; their courage, in defending their brethren from the ravages of mobs; their attachment to the cause of truth, under circumstances the most trying and distressing, which humanity can possibly endure; their love to each other; their readiness to afford assistance to me, and my brethren who were confined in a dungeon; their sacrifices in leaving the state of Missouri

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, and assisting the poor widows and orphans, and securing them houses in a more hospitable land; all conspire to raise them in the estimation of all good and virtuous men; and has secured them the favor and approbation of Jehovah; and a name, as imperishable as eternity. And their virtuous deeds, and heroic actions, while in defence of truth and their brethren: will be fresh and blooming; when the names of their oppressors shall either be entirely forgotten, or only remembered, for their barbarity and cruelty. Their attention and affection to me, while in prison, will ever be remembered by me; and when I have seen them thrust away, and abused by the jailor and guard, when they came to do any kind offices, and to cheer our minds while we were in the gloomy prison house, gave me feellings, which I cannot describe, while those who wished to insult and abuse us, by their threats and blasphemous language, were applauded and had every encouragement given them.
However, thank God, we have been deliverd; and although, some of our beloved brethren, have had to seal their testimony with their blood; and have died martyrs to the cause of truth; yet,
 
Short, though bitter was their pain;
Everlasting is their joy.
 
Let us not sorrow as “those without hope,” the time is fast approaching, when we shall see them again; and rejoice together, without being affraid of wicked men: Yes, those who have slept in Christ, shall he bring with him, when he shall come to be glorified in his saints, and admired by all those who believe: but to take vengeance upon his enemies, and all those who obey not the gospel. At that time, the hearts of the widow and fatherless shall be comforted; and every tear shall be wiped from off their faces.
The trials they have had to pass through, shall work together for their good, and prepare them for the society of those, who have come up out of great tribulation; and have washed their robes, and made them white in the blood of the Lamb. Marvel not then, if you are persecuted, but remember the words of the Savior, “The servant is not above his Lord, if they have persecuted me, they will persecute you also;” and that all the afflictions through which the saints have to pass, are in fulfillment of the words of [p. 8]
nearly all that they possessed be driven  from their homes, and forced to wan der as strangers in a strange country,85

See Exodus 2:22.  


 in order, that they might save them selves and their little ones, from the  destructions they were threatened with  in Missouri

Area acquired by U.S. in Louisiana Purchase, 1803, and established as territory, 1812. Missouri Compromise, 1820, admitted Missouri as slave state, 1821. Population in 1830 about 140,000; in 1836 about 240,000; and in 1840 about 380,000. Mormon missionaries...

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: yet, as far as I was con cerned, I felt perfectly calm, and re signed to the will of my heavenly  Father. I knew my innocency, as  well as that of the saints; and that we  had done nothing to deserve such treat ment from the hands of our oppressors:  consequently, I could look to that God,  who has the hearts of all men in his  hands, and who had saved me frequent ly from the gates of death, for deliver ance: and notwithstanding that every  avenue of escape seemed to be entirely  closed, and death stared me in the face,  and that my destruction was determin ed upon, as far as man was concerned;  yet, from my first entrance into the  camp, I felt an assurance, that I with  my brethren and our families should  be delivered. Yes, that still small  voice, which has so often whispered  consolation to my soul, in the depth of  sorrow and distress, bade me be of good  cheer,86

See 1 Kings 19:12; Acts 23:11; and Book of Mormon, 1837 ed., 49 [1 Nephi 17:45].  


and promised deliverance, which  gave me great comfort: and although  the heathen raged, and the people im agined vain things,87

See Psalm 2:1; and Acts 4:25.  


yet the Lord of  hosts, the God of Jacob, was my re fuge;88

See Psalm 46:7, 11.  


and when I cried unto him in the  day of trouble, he delivered me; for  which I call upon my soul, and and all  that is within me, to bless and praise  his holy name:89

See Psalms 50:15; 103:1.  


For although I was  “troubled on every side, yet not distress ed; perplexed, but not in despair; per secuted, but not forsaken; cast down,  but not destroyed.”90

See 2 Corinthians 4:8–9.  


The conduct of the saints under  their accumulated wrongs and suffer ings, has been praise-worthy; their  courage, in defending their brethren  from the ravages of mobs; their attach ment to the cause of truth, under cir cumstances the most trying and dis tressing, which humanity can possibly  endure; their love to each other; their  readiness to afford assistance to me,  and my brethren who were confined in  a dungeon; their sacrifices in leaving  the state of Missouri

Area acquired by U.S. in Louisiana Purchase, 1803, and established as territory, 1812. Missouri Compromise, 1820, admitted Missouri as slave state, 1821. Population in 1830 about 140,000; in 1836 about 240,000; and in 1840 about 380,000. Mormon missionaries...

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, and assisting the  poor widows and orphans, and securing  them houses in a more hospitable land;  all conspire to raise them in the estima tion of all good and virtuous men; and  has secured them the favor and appro bation of Jehovah; and a name, as im perishable as eternity. And their vir tuous deeds, and heroic actions, while  in defence of truth and their brethren:  will be fresh and blooming; when the  names of their oppressors shall either  be entirely forgotten, or only remem bered, for their barbarity and cruelty.  Their attention and affection to me,  while in prison, will ever be remem bered by me; and when I have seen  them thrust away, and abused by the  jailor and guard, when they came to do  any kind offices, and to cheer our  minds while we were in the gloomy  prison house, gave me feellings, which  I cannot describe, while those who  wished to insult and abuse us, by their  threats and blasphemous language,  were applauded and had every encour agement given them.
However, thank God, we have been  deliverd; and although, some of our  beloved brethren, have had to seal their  testimony with their blood; and have  died martyrs to the cause of truth; yet,
 
Short, though bitter was their pain;
Everlasting is their joy.91

Quoted inexactly from Hannah More (1745–1833), “The True Heroes: or, The Noble Army of Martyrs.” The original lines are “Short tho’ bitter were their woes / Everlasting is their joy.” (Works of Hannah More,1:187.)  


 
Let us not sorrow as “those without  hope,” the time is fast approaching,  when we shall see them again; and re joice together, without being affraid of  wicked men: Yes, those who have  slept in Christ, shall he bring with him,92

See 1 Thessalonians 4:13–14.  


 when he shall come to be glorified in  his saints, and admired by all those who  believe: but to take vengeance upon his  enemies, and all those who obey not  the gospel. At that time, the hearts  of the widow and fatherless shall be  comforted; and every tear shall be  wiped from off their faces.
The trials they have had to pass  through, shall work together for their  good,93

See Romans 8:28; see also JS et al., Liberty, MO, to the church members and Edward Partridge, Quincy, IL, 20 Mar. 1839, in Revelations Collection, CHL [D&C 122:7].  


and prepare them for the society  of those, who have come up out of  great tribulation; and have washed  their robes, and made them white in  the blood of the Lamb.94

See Revelation 7:14.  


Marvel not  then, if you are persecuted, but re member the words of the Savior, “The  servant is not above his Lord, if they  have persecuted me, they will perse cute you also;”95

See John 15:20.  


and that all the afflic tions through which the saints have to  pass, are in fulfillment of the words of [p. 8]
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JS, “Extract, from the Private Journal of Joseph Smith Jr.,” in Times and Seasons (Commerce, IL), July 1839, vol. 1, no. 1, pp. 2–9; edited by Ebenezer Robinson and Don Carlos Smith; includes typeset signature. The copy used for transcription is currently part of a bound volume held at CHL.
The eight-page article is the second item in the first number of the Times and Seasons. This issue comprises eight leaves, making sixteen pages that measure 8⅝ x 5¼ inches (22 x 13 cm). The text on each page is set in two columns. It is unknown how long this copy of this issue of the Times and Seasons has been in church custody.

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