LEAVES FROM MY JOURNAL.
and , and returned to . We had accomplished
the mission without a dog moving his tongue at us, or any
man saying, "Why do you do so?"
We crossed the on the steam ferry, entered
on the 2nd of May, and all had the joy of reaching
our families once more in peace and safety.
There was an incident connected with our journey that is
worthy of record. While we were on our way to fulfill the
revelation, , the Prophet, and his companions in chains
had been liberated, through the blessings of God, from their
enemies and prison, and they passed us. We were not far
distant from each other, but neither party knew it. They were
making their way to their families in Illinois, while we were
traveling to the into the midst of our enemies. So they
came home to their families and friends before our return.
May the 3rd was a very interesting day to me, as well as to
others. In company with five others of the quorum of the
Twelve, I rode four miles out of town to Mr. , to
visit Brother Joseph Smith and his family.
Once more I had the happy privilege of taking Brother
Joseph by the hand. Two years had rolled away since I had
seen his face. He greeted us with great joy, as did and , all of whom had escaped from their
imprisonment together. They had been confined in prison six
months, and had been under sentence of death three times;
yet their lives were in the hands of God, and He had delivered
them, and they were now mingling with their wives, children
and friends, and out of the reach of the mob. Joseph was
frank, open and familiar as usual, and our rejoicing was great.
No man can understand the joyful sensations created by
such a meeting, except those who have been in tribulation for
the gospel's sake.
After spending the day together, we returned to our families
On the day following, May 4th, we met in conference at
Quincy, the Prophet Joseph presiding, which caused great
joy and rejoicing to all the Saints.
On Sunday, May 5th, Joseph Smith addressed the assembly,
followed by and the . The