Lucy Mack Smith, History, 1844–1845

Book 13

the elders visited them and <told them> the nature of their mission that  Mr Whitermore paid great attention to what I advanced as  did also my brothers Widow sister Mack for untill near tea  time when my sister Mack arose saying Sister Lucy [Mack Smith] you must  excuse me for I find my nerves are so discomposed that I cann ot bear conversation any longer as the subject is an entirely  new one it affects confuses my Mind Stop a moment said  I and she sat down I then repeated to her the same in sub stance which I had told her daughter the two days before  but added I if a company of fashionalbe people were to come  in now and begin to talk about parties balls and <the> latest style  of making dresses would that agitate you think you she smi led saying I do not know Sister Lucy as it would you know  those are very common things— I told her that I would excuse  her freely now to go <walk> where she liked but requested her  to think of what I had said to her— I then concluded to  say no more to her upon the subject of religion unless She  desired me to do so and finding that she and an I were to  occupy the same bed I even determined to desist from my  usual habit of praying at my bed side but retired to  another place and besought God to soften her heart to  the influence of the truth but had she not desired me <not>  to let her presence influence in the attendance of what I  considered to be my duty I should not have prayed knelt in  prayer after I entered my room when a short time after  we lay laid down to rest My sister said everything is still  now and I would be glad to hear you talk if you are  not too much fatigued. I should have no objections if  you did <do> not think that the subject of religion will  make you nervous said Oh not in the least she rep lied every there is no other noise now to confuse my mind — accordingly we commenced <a> conversation which lasted  till day light in which she heard and believed the  Gospel and never after lost her faith.
So in few days Mr Whitermore accompanied me [p. [1], bk. 13]
Lucy Mack Smith, History, 1844–1845; handwriting of Martha Jane Knowlton Coray and Howard Coray; 240 pages, with miscellaneous inserted pages; CHL.
Note: Lucy Mack Smith, the mother of Joseph Smith, dictated this rough draft version of her history to Martha Jane Knowlton Coray (with some additional scribal help from Martha’s husband, Howard) beginning in 1844 and concluding in 1845. In 1845, the Corays inscribed a fair copy of the history under Lucy’s direction.