Letter to Emma Smith, 4 June 1834

occasionaly the history of the Book of Mormon, roving over the mounds of that once  beloved people of the Lord, picking up their skulls & their bones, as a proof of its  divine authenticity, and gazing upon a country the fertility, the splendour and  the goodness so indescribable, all serves to pass away time unnoticed, and in  short were it not at every now and then our thoughts linger with inexpressible  anxiety for our wives and our children our kindred according to the flesh who  are entwined around our hearts; And also our brethren and friends; our whole  journey would be as a dream, and this would be the happiest period of all our  lives. We learn this journey how to travel, and we look with pleasing anticip ation for the time to come, when we shall retrace our steps, and take this journey  again in the enjoyment and embrace of that society we so much love, which  society can only cause us to have any desire or lingering thoughts of that which is  below. We have not as yet heard any thing from Lyman [Wight] and Hyrum [Smith] and do not  expect to till we get to salt river Church, which is only fifty miles from  this place. Tell Father Smith and all the family, and brother Oliver [Cowdery] to be  comforted and look forward to the day when the trials and tribulations of this life  will be at an end, and we all enjoy the fruits of our labour if we hold out  faithful to the end which I pray may be the happy lot of us all.
From your’s in the bonds of affliction.
Joseph Smith Jr.
N.B. The enclosed bill we could not get changed and is of no use to us now, and  we send to you & sister [Rebecca Swain] Williams to be divided between you, that you may be able  to procure such necessaries as you need &c.
I embrace this opportunity to fill up this sheet to you, my beloved companion, not  that I have anything important to communicate, but remembering your request  to write to you while on the road, but as I write every week to brother Oliver, you will  know all the particulars of our journey. In consequence of my being away from  the encampment last sunday (the cause you will see in my next to Oliver) did not  write to him as usual but shall now embrace the first opportunity to bring up my  journal which you will find some what more interesting, than any previous to it—
I want you to make use of the money I send you in wisdom, for such things as  you need, and make yourselves as comfortable and contented as you can and  continue to pray to the Lord to hasten the day when we shall be permitted to behold  each other’s face again and enjoy the blessing of the family circle in peace and in  righteousness, and be prepared to meet every event that awaits us in life.
Tell the children to remember that passage of scripture which says, “children  obey your parents in all things”, for this is right, and God will bless them. I [p. 58]
JS, letter, Pike County, IL, to Emma Smith, Kirtland, OH, 4 June 1834; handwriting of James Mulholland; in JS Letterbook 2, pp. 56–59; JS Collection, CHL.