Sunday, August 27, 1843
This evening Brother Joseph took his supper at my home, along with Brother Pratt, Brother Richards and several others. The gathering was for the purpose of fellowship, and we had felt inclined to converse on the problem with the roof at Brother Pendleton's school house south of the temple lot. Winter's approach called to mind the prior season when the roof let in the cold and wet. Brother Joseph said the little ones should have a warm dry place to study reading and writing, and learning of the holy books.
It was concluded that the brethren of the southeast quarter of the city should be assigned to gather and split shingles for the roof, and to replace the roof before winter. Ample supplies of birch are available south of the city, but Brother Pratt counseled that cedar is a better wood for the purpose, as it splits easier and stands the seasons better. The brothers will be required to cross over the river to the west to obtain the necessary wood for the job.
Concluding the meeting, my wife served the gathered brethren some of her finest peach pie. My daughter Mariah brought a plate to Brother Joseph, who remarked "this little one will see hardships and travel to the west. She will settle in the mountains on the east edge of that great basin, and teach school there... she will have a great effect on the lives of many who will labor in Zion." What a great blessing it was to hear the words of our prophet brother and teacher...
--From the journal of...?
The events you've just read may have happened. Or, they may not have. But, what if it did? We shall never know in this lifetime, as the early saints possessed neither the technology nor the mandate to treasure up the writings and the inspired day-to-day statements of Joseph Smith and others, made in the context of simple daily life. While many writings remain regarding notable conferences and meetings, many have either been altered or lost, and we do not have as clear a picture as we might like of what "Brother Joseph" was trying to accomplish, and what those around him learned from him. How marvelous would it be to have the records of simple decisions, of what the early church struggled with... how decisions were made, and how little victories were achieved?
Now that the Lord has set his hand a second time to restore the fulness of his gospel to us, it behooves us to keep as accurate and complete a record as possible. For our own learning, as well as for the future generations that will follow, a careful record of both mistakes and achievements, of consensus and disagreement, must be kept.
To that end, a small group of five families, scattered across states and nations, has banded together to create this archive. Of primary focus, at least initially, is the writings and teachings of Joseph Smith and Denver Snuffer. As the project progresses, it will evolve into an archive, accessible by all, of all the writings, recordings, photos, and any other document that you, the participant in this restoration movement, deem important enough to include in this archive. We will be "crowd-sourcing" history.
Our aim is not to supplant any project that is currently or will become underway. We do not intend to speak for the movement, to provide the movement with any binding scripture or writing, or to issue any sort of declarations, statements or original writings. On the contrary, we hope that all who participate in the restoration movement, who possess documents, writings, recordings or photographs that are pertinent to this movement's evolution and history, will share them with all who access and use this archive. We feel that this collection will support and justify all that the restoration movement is trying to accomplish, and that this archive will someday come to be stored in the Lord's temple as has been prophesied. We invite all to participate.
We hope you will enjoy and learn from this project, and we hope to be able to preserve a very accurate and detailed record of the proceedings of this restoration movement. Above all, we hope that our labors are acceptable to both you, and to our Lord and God. May he watch over and guide this little project in ways beneficial to all.
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