Personal Glimpses of the Prophet Joseph Smith complied by Hyrum L Andras and Helen May Andrus

Personal Glimpses of the Prophet Joseph Smith complied by  Hyrum L Andras and Helen May Andrus

-this adds to quotes from the book “they knew the prophet”.

-One family was promised by Joseph Smith that the mob wouldn’t hurt them, 3 torches were put to their home but none would light the home on fire.

-One boy was clubbed all the way home because he believed in the prophet Joseph Smith. This boy also was a target for an assassin to drown in a river, but the assassin said the boy could go after the boy insisted he had done no evil to him.

-Joseph Smith once quickly disguised himself when a mob approached as an old lady to be able to escape from the mob.

-Joseph Smith as General rode a black horse and wore a tall feather in his hat as he lead his men sword in hand.

-Once Joseph Smith entered the room you knew it; his gaze seemed to pierce you, his humility and innocence shone.

-Joseph Smith quoted scriptures in greek hebrew latin and german.

-Joseph Smith told the people you don’t know me and never will till you see me weighed in the balance.

-Joseph Smith said I wish I could release my feelings; there are things I could tell you which some on the stand would kill me were I to speak.

-The prophet had 24 youth who could go up a mount and speak with God face to face as did Moses on Mt. Sinai to help find the Saints a place to locate; One boy prayed weather he should accept the calling when he was asked to be a part of the group, he stood to object and a voice told him stay and rest a while though no one was close to him to speak it. He was also shown a vision of the USA as it would be in the future, entirely as the Garden of Eden, and other travels he was to do were shown to him, including how he would have to pass by guards who would ask him passwords, the which would come to him by inspiration as he approached the guards.

-This gospel gathers up some of the meanest creatures of this creation and some of the finest (JS)

-JS after had given the authority to the twelve said I’m going to rest now a while; they didn’t quite understand what he meant.

-On the way to Carthage Joseph Smith rode over to his farm workers and said “How are you boys!” He noticed them even in this dire moment; he loved to be among the farm animals; he was the lover of a good horse; he told those soldiers that were marching him to Carthage, “Gentlemen, these are my friends!” then he told them their names, shook the hands of the farm workers and bid them a good day and farewell. The farm workers of Joseph called him the most frank man they had ever known

-Joseph rebuked a guy, and the guy wanted to fight him, so Joseph went ahead and fought him.

-Egyptian mummies were kept in the prophets home.

-A boy would sit in the prophets lap and look in the Urim and Thumim

-Porter Rockwell would come to Joseph’s home and if he would wave his hat it meant all is well if not it meant a mob was coming; there was a book shelf that would appear full, they would put such in front of a cellar in which Joseph would go hide.

-Sara Elizabeth Homes a young gall would sit on the porch of Joseph Smith’s home and watch for mobs.

-Not in the form of a dove but the sign of a dove did the Holy Ghost ascend upon Jesus at his baptism.

-JS said the German rendition of the bible is better than the Saint James version.

-At the time of the tower of Babel when the tongues were confounded, each tongue had a part of the pure language, and when the pure language is restored, it will have a part of each language (as we now know them) JS says.

-JS said I am an innocent man. If I have to go I will go like a man, if I have to die I will die like a man.

-When JS was going to be in very dangerous circumstances he was going to go into hiding but his friends didn’t want him to so he said ‘if my life is of no worth to my friends it is of no worth to myself’ and he didn’t go into hiding.

-JS was so considerate and manly and sympathetic you couldn’t help but like him.

-JS would play ball with the boys for a considerable amount of time then he would say ‘well boys I must go home and work’ then the rest of the boys would go at the same time. This showed his considerable influence.

-JS said that the Constitution of the USA is part of his religion and a good part too.

-JS said if needed he could go and lead the abled bodied men and the world would see what they could do.

-JS said ‘brethren if any of you have anything against me come and tell me and make it right do not be backward come publicly or privately be satisfied that I talked to you about anything against me.

-JS said when your enemies call for quarters be sure you give them the same and you’ll have power over the world.

-JS said if you are called to fight make sure to not stain your garments with the blood of women and children.

-JS said our persecutions are like a wheel of fortune, that if the wheel is on top of us right now (being persecuted presently) then eventually the wheel will roll on and we will be on top of it.

-JS asked the people ‘are you willing to die for me?’ they all said yes. JS said ‘I am your father. Shall I not be your father?’ they all said yes. JS said ‘I am willing to lay down my life for you.

-JS said ‘I have unsheathed my sword and it shall never again be sheathed until there be vengeance upon all of our enemies. The earth shall tremble and the with earthquakes shall the earth be shaken and the seas will heave themselves beyond their bounds. These things shall be brought against your enemies for your preservation as the people of the Lord. Now I deliver myself up to their hands.’

-One man was about to die he was carried on a sheet to a place to be baptized he knew if he could be baptized he could live. When he was baptized he felt as good as he ever did.

-For D&C 104 it was a revelation Joseph got; someone walked in with Joseph in their arms he being limp; Joseph was in a revelation at the time.

-One family borrowed to Joseph 50 dollars, they told Joseph ‘if we don’t go then we won’t need the money.’ Joseph said ‘it is the will of the Lord that you should go. I don’t know how we will get the money, but it will come.’ Joseph was able to sell a half acre lot and said ‘I told you I would give you the money!’

-JS would teach and his face would seem almost transparent.

-JS said ‘if I would make known what God has revealed to me to some of these who pretend to be my friends they would seek my life’ (to kill it)

-JS was teaching so powerfully even the young boys came to hear; a policeman came to take them away but Joseph said ‘let the boys alone, they will learn something they will never forget.’ (Journal of Harvey Harris Cluff)

-JS had the people travel sometimes with arms, sometimes without. They didn’t travel on Sundays but stopped and held meetings.

-JS pre diced the cholera that was going to come upon them as a scourge right before it came. He tried to get rid of it.

-One man was screaming a prayer so all could hear, Joseph Smith told him not to pray like a jackass.

-JS said when a man crosses a place where much blood has been shed he will feel depressed and uncomfortable.

-The company found 3 rattlesnakes and were going to kill them but JS stopped them saying that the lion will lie down with the lamb when man ceases to wage war with the reptiles. Then the serpents disposition would change. They then carried the snakes across the creek on sticks. During the journey they didn’t kill any kind of game unless they needed it. There was a rattlesnake by the head of one sleeping the folks gathered round and were going to kill it but the man woke and said ‘no you shan’t kill it for he and i have had a good nap together. I will protect him.’

-Some were jesting with swords and one cut the skin from anthers hand and JS told them to be careful and control their spirits and never to hurt one another in such situations.

-JS got sweet bread from a cook while the others got sour bread; JS reproved the cook and chose rather to eat the sour with the rest.

-Some said they didn’t think a college could change people as much as did this camp.

-Whenever spys came into the camp they picked out the weakest one in the camp to quiz.

-They found what they thought to be turtle eggs; JS said don’t eat them, they could be of a poisonous reptile like snake eggs; they ate them anyway and got sick.

-JS had a faithful watchdog; people wanted to kill it for barking in the night; JS said ‘I will give you a sampling of the spirit that is among this camp. If a dog bites them they want to kill it. If a man offends him they want to kill him. That is the spirit which is keeping this world bad.’

-Martin Harris playing with a black snake to show how he had power over serpents as the scriptures said, he was bitten. JS said not to do that, that such protection is void when we egg on the danger.

The promise was only for when a man of God accidentally was bitten.

-At times they had to wade through mud and water waist deep and some without even stockings.

-They usually ate mush, and once when there was some ham but not enough for everyone they didn’t use it.

-They would gather dry leaves to make for a bed.

-They would wet the tent so that water would run over it.

-Water ran over some until their blankets were 6 inches in water.

-250 men came to attack the camp but a huge storm came; one was killed by lightning, another had his hand torn off by a horse; the men of Zions camp had all their pistols working dispute the rain. Had the storm been as strong in Zions camp falling branches would have no doubt killed many of the members of the camp. The enemies fled.

-One man was more concerned with his food and his family than the welfare of Zion and was rebuked.

-The appearance of JS was very kind noble and compassionate.

-When people would hear JS explain the bible they would wonder why they had never considered it in that way or in that light.

-When JS would wrestle a certain man, the other guy would win when it was Joseph the man he was wrestling, but when it was Joseph the Prophet he was wrestling, yes when Joseph was thus under the spirit of the Lord, Joseph would always win.

-JS shook hands with the members of Zions camp and carefully took care to their comforts with a happy smile and a cheerful countenance.

-JS was the busiest man in the camp yet when he saw a child he would turn and say a word of comfort to them.

-JS would go to a little boy in the camp and say ‘is there no place for you my boy? If not we must make one.’

-JS was found of children. He would not cross a child without speaking to the child; even if one was across the street, if it was alone, he would cross the street to speak with the child.

-JS also helped the aged with his strong arm.

-They had come across a book they were going to write the history of the church on, well bound, good pages, but they counted the pages it had to see if it would be cheeper to buy the pages in a ream. This shows how poor they were.

-One wanted work JS told him ‘I’ll give you work enough for twenty men.’

-In the middle of a temple dedication prayer, the angel Peter came inside to approve of such. They felt an astonishing influence come over them during the prayer, a swift thing, which JS explained was Peter entering the temple for such.

-Some who had bodily afflictions had such glorious visions that they basically forgot about their bodily afflictions.

-One saw a vision of a grave opened up for him; he was very ill at the time of the vision; but then in the vision the earth filled up the grave instead of himself. From that time on he quickly recovered.

-The faithful in the church would inspire their children with much respect for the prophet.

-One boy at age 14 when the prophet JS was murdered, felt that he was willing to lay down his life for the kingdom as well, he felt that way the rest of his life.

-It was a privilege to look upon JS, a man who had seen angels.

-Wicked men hunted JS like a wild doe in the mountains and he had to flee before them into the holes and rocks and dens of the earth.

-Joseph Smith said to speak in your natural tone. Don’t do gestures that are unnatural.

-He taught that if we are all obedient, the word of God is truth, so we are all one man, and like the angels and have communion with them.

-phronology, Joseph Smith thought of, but was rebuked by the Lord. God said it’s of the devil. It was the works of the devil and there is no reality in such a science.

-He taught that this is not God’s first world, for Jesus teaches that he does nothing but what he has seen His Father do, so he must have seen the Father creating worlds.

-he said it’s not a vice for you to defend yourself when your country is attacked.

-he heard that one in coming to rescue him his horse got hurt and was breathing loud; Joseph said I will yet compensatate you for that service.

-2 men had arrested Joseph and abused his rights and so forth. He had them stay for dinner before he would let them leave and he introduced them to his children and treeted them just like anybody.

-Joseph Smith told the brethren that it was time that the prophecy of the hearts turning to the fathers it is time for such; he told them to pray for it until they receive it; one brother prayed for it each morning at a time set apart for such and he eventually a feeling encompassed him about how he is nothing compared to God and a conviction that to get salvation he needs to be exactly obedient.

-one man was getting after his cow. He said “Get on you old fool!”. Joseph Smith happened to be riding by. Joseph got off of his horse and came and patted the head of the cow and said, “you aren’t a fool are you little missy?” the man never forgot that and it would always make him cry when he told it to his grandchildren.

-he said that when the earth was created it was too big; in the days of Peleg it was decided, then again when the ten tribes went to the land of the north it was divided.

-Joseph Smith said that the earth will come into contact with more matter, another planet or something, and that will cause it to reel

-Joseph Smith loved fish and the outdoor life.

-one man had an unlawful cow; he asked Joseph Smith about it; Joseph said to return the cow to it’s rightful owner, and soon you will have cows more than you can feed. (from the life sketches of Moses Emit from BYU library)

-A storm was coming once when Joseph Smith was preaching, he told those in attendance to just stand up, and that everything would be alright. They did so, and the sun came out and all was well.

-Joseph Smith had a cheerful countenance and always seemed to be happy.

-when Joseph Smtih died, Brigham Young stood to speak. As he did, the voice of Joseph Smith was heard from him. Other accounts state that the face of Joseph Smith was also seen.

-JS had 48 lawsuits and none of them could bring any wrong against him.

-JS went to a cave where there were as many plates as could fill wagon loads; the sword of Leban was on the wall; it was bright as day; they didn’t know if the sunlight was there or if it was artificial light, they didn’t think about it.

-Joseph Smith said the good love me weak and humble as I am and the evil hate me. I will lead people to salvation if they will let me. I’ll take them by the hand like a child, and lead them like a father in the way that will bring them to salvation.

-Joseph Smith got revelation line upon line until he had everything he needed for the salvation of people.

-one man spoke of how it was worth traveling 400 miles to see the prophet.

-some went to find Joseph Smith and they thought he would just be sitting in some sanctum giving out spiritual blessings and instruction for the Kingdom but they were told when they went to his house that he was a half mile away chopping firewood. They had forgotten the temporal part. When he saw them he said “brethren I am glad to see you!” He threw down his axe and said “boys take care of my axe.” (an account from Joseph Young)

-Joseph Smith told Joseph Young how Sidney Rigdon will go to hell until the day of redemption since he is always trying to take my place.

-one man had to work his crops before he could go help with the publication of the Book of Mormon. He woke in the morning to go do that, and all of his cropping was done. He didn’t know who did it, but it was done just as he would’ve done it.

-as they were departing there was an old man sweating and he said “good morning gentlemen! It’s a warm morning!” he had a brown woolen clothe suit, was heady set, had a white beard. They invited him to come with him, but he said “I am going to cumorrah” and then he disappeared.

-on the way home with the plates Joseph got smacked by someone with a club demanding the plates, Joseph knocked the man down and ran home.

-Joseph Smith moved the plates from being under the floor the day before someone came and tore up his floor.

-“Damn him! Angels appearing to this day in age?! Damn him! He ought to be tarred and feathered for telling such a lie!” a man said of Joseph Smith.

-Abraham Lincoln said if you should tarr and feather all the liars you should soon run out of funds to purchase all the material. He said how it doesn’t matter what people believe, it doesn’t hurt you.

-Joseph Smith said that he was told to quit the company with the money diggers, that they were evil people and that he must have nothing more to do with them. He must not lie or swear or steal.

-Joseph was instructed that he was to look in the spectacles to see that man that would assist him and he did and he saw Martin Harris. Martin Harris said “you ought to be careful.” Joseph told him “I saw you standing before me as plainly as anything.” Harris then said “if it’s the devil’s work I want nothing to do with it, but if it’s the God’s work, I’ll help you get all the money you can to help put it forward. If the Lord shows me that this is his work, you can have all the money you need to put it forward [from me].” he prayed telling God that if he would make it known to him weather this was the work of God he would give all he had to put it forward. At that point it was made known unto him that this work was true.

-in translating the Book of Mormon, a sentence would appear. Joseph would read it. It would be written by a scribe. If it was written correctly, the sentence would disappear, and another would appear. If it was not written correctly, the sentence would not dissapear.

-during the translation of the Book of Mormon, they would go out and throw stones into the river for exercise; there was a stone Martin Harris found that looked like the one they were using to translate; Harris put it in place of the stone they were using to translate. Joseph looked down at the translation table with the stone on it for a time, he usually was quick but this time he paused. He told Harris, “All is as dark as Egypt! What have you done?” Harris said he had replaced the stone with a fake one to stop the mouths of fools who were claiming that Joseph Smith had merely been memorizing the sentences.

-The Spirit is able to make much known in a short amount of time. The world thinks that Joseph Smith’s publications are false for there is so much material in them, and normally it takes a long time to learn information.

-as they got visions they spoke of how doubt fled forever never to rise again. They said the words of the angel who came to give them the Priesthood were so lovely and powerful that no mortal could speak that way.

-One word from the mouth of the Savior from the bosom of eternity strikes all the evils down.

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