5 June 1842 (Sunday)

The Wasp (11 June 1842)[1]

The Prophet, Joseph Smith, delivered a powerful discourse, last Sabbath, to an attentive audience of about 8000, in this city. The subject matter was drawn from the 32nd and 33rd chapters of Ezekiel, wherein it was shown the Old Pharoah was comforted, and greatly rejoiced, that he was honored as a kind of King Devil over those uncircumcised nations, that go down to hell for rejecting the word of the Lord, withstanding his mighty miracles, and fighting the saints:—The whole exhibited as a pattern to this generation, and the nations now rolling in splendor over the globe, if they do not repent, that they shall go down to the pit also, and be rejoiced over, and ruled over by Old Pharoah, King Devil of mobocrats, miracle rejecters, saint killers, hypocritical priests, and all other fit subject to fester in their own infamy.—Spring water tastes best right from the fountain.

John D. Lee Diary [2]

Revelation Given to J. Smith Nauvoo

June 5th. A.D. 1842 - - - - -.

As the word of the Lord was unto Pharoah King of Egypt by the mouth of Ezikiel the Prophet. EZ 32 & 33… [sic] so is the word of the Lord unto this generation by the mouth of Joseph Smith. If they Repent not, they shall be herld down to Hell. Also to you Latter day Saints Repent & forsake your sins or you shall likewise suffer - verily thus saith the Lord to those that encourage Mobs to opose & distress the Mormons (remember) the same mobs that you encourage shall return to your own houses & Bosom & shall distress you & shall spread death & distruction in your midst yea there shall be some here to day who shall witness the same & acknowledge this to be the word of the Lord - others to their shame & everlasting condemnation. Remember O ye L.D. Saints & Perish not. Repent of your evil doeing [sic] lest ye be herld down to Hells [sic] with Pharoah & his hosts - but if you will turn to the Lord & remember to give him glory & you shall live this shall Be a sign unto you when it shall come to Pass -

—5 June 1842


[1] See History of the Church, 5:22. Not in Teachings. The History of the Church account is based on The Wasp (11 June 1842). The John D. Lee Diary entry was not included in the first edition of Words.

[2] Although only generally known for his participation in the Mountain Meadows Massacre of 1857, John D. Lee (1812-77), was a devoted husband and father as well as a missionary and pioneer for the Church.