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Interview, 21 August 1843, extract

Interview, 21 August 1843, extract

“. . . The Lord does reveal himself to me. I know it. He revealed himself to me first when I was about fourteen years old, a mere boy. I will tell you about it. There was a reformation among the different religious denominations in the neighborhood where I lived, and I became serious, and was desirous to know what Church to join. While thinking of this matter, I opened the Testament promiscuously on these words, in James, ‘Ask of the Lord who giveth to all men liberally and upbraideth not.’ I just determined I’d ask him. I immediately went out into the woods where my father

12 July 1771–14 Sept. 1840. Cooper, farmer, teacher, merchant. Born at Topsfield, Essex Co., Massachusetts. Son of Asael Smith and Mary Duty. Nominal member of Congregationalist church at Topsfield. Married to Lucy Mack by Seth Austin, 24 Jan. 1796, at Tunbridge...

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had a clearing, and went to the stump where I had stuck my axe when I had quit work, and I kneeled down, and prayed, saying, ‘O Lord, what Church shall I join.’ Directly I saw a light, and then a glorious personage in the light, and then another personage, and the first personage said to the second, “Behold my beloved Son, hear him.” I then, addressed this second person, saying, “O Lord, what Church shall I join.” He replied, “don’t join any of them, they are all corrupt.” The vision then vanished, and when I come to myself, I was sprawling on my back; and it was sometime before my strength returned. When I went home and told the people that I had a revelation, and that all the churches were corrupt, they persecuted me, and they have persecuted me ever since. They thought to put me down, but they hav’nt succeeded, and they can’t do it. When I have proved that I am right, and get all the world subdued under me, I think I shall deserve something. . . .” [p. [3]]
“. . . The Lord does reveal  himself to me. I know it. He revealed him self to me first when I was about fourteen years  old, a mere boy. I will tell you about it. There  was a reformation among the different religious  denominations in the neighborhood where I  lived, and I became serious, and was desirous  to know what Church to join. While think ing of this matter, I opened the Testament pro miscuously on these words, in James, ‘Ask of  the Lord who giveth to all men liberally and up braideth not.’ I just determined I’d ask him.  I immediately went out into the woods where  my father

12 July 1771–14 Sept. 1840. Cooper, farmer, teacher, merchant. Born at Topsfield, Essex Co., Massachusetts. Son of Asael Smith and Mary Duty. Nominal member of Congregationalist church at Topsfield. Married to Lucy Mack by Seth Austin, 24 Jan. 1796, at Tunbridge...

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had a clearing, and went to the  stump where I had stuck my axe when I had  quit work, and I kneeled down, and prayed,  saying, ‘O Lord, what Church shall I join.’  Directly I saw a light, and then a glorious per sonage in the light, and then another person age, and the first personage said to the second,  “Behold my beloved Son, hear him.” I then,  addressed this second person, saying, “O Lord,  what Church shall I join.” He replied, “don’t  join any of them, they are all corrupt.” The  vision then vanished, and when I come to my self, I was sprawling on my back; and it was  sometime before my strength returned. When I  went home and told the people that I had a re velation, and that all the churches were cor rupt, they persecuted me, and they have per secuted me ever since. They thought to put  me down, but they hav’nt succeeded, and they  can’t do it. When I have proved that I am  right, and get all the world subdued under me,  I think I shall deserve something. . . .” [p. [3]]
Interview, JS by David Nye White, Nauvoo

Principal gathering place for Saints following expulsion from Missouri. Beginning in 1839, LDS church purchased lands in earlier settlement of Commerce and planned settlement of Commerce City, as well as surrounding areas. Served as church headquarters, 1839...

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, IL, 21 Aug. 1843; in David Nye White, “The Prairies, Nauvoo, Joe Smith, the Temple, the Mormons, &c.” Pittsburgh Weekly Gazette, 15 Sept. 1843, p. [3]; photocopy at CHL.

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