Joseph had numerous prophecies. The more I read, the more I come across them, most of which I had not heard previous. According to the autobiography of Thomas Steed, he had heard Joseph predict that those mobbers in Missouri that were responsible for so much sickness, death, and devastation among the Saints would one day have their dead bodies eaten by wolves and their eyeballs eaten out by ravens. When was this prophecy fulfilled?
a. During the Civil War years in Missouri
b. During the Indian raids of the 1870’s
c. During the war with Mexico
d. During the trek west to the California gold fields
My father was living in a good hewed log house in 1840 when one morning as the family all sat at breakfast old Father Joseph Smith, the first Patriarch of the Church and father of the Prophet Joseph, came in and sat down by the fireplace, after declining to take breakfast with us, and there he sat some little time in silence looking steadily in the fire. At length he observed that he had been driven from Missouri to this place; and with some passing comments, he then asked this question: “And how long, Brother Huntington, do you think we will stay here?” As he asked this question I noticed a strange, good-natured expression creep over his whole being-an air of mysterious joy. Father answered, after just a moment’s hesitation, “Well, Father Smith, I can’t begin to imagine.” “We will just stay here seven years,” he answered. “The Lord has told Joseph so-just seven years,” he repeated. “Now this is not to be made public; I would not like to have this word go any further,” said the Patriarch, who leaned and relied upon his son Joseph in all spiritual matters as much as boys generally do upon their parents for temporalities. There were then two or three minutes of perfect silence. Then the old gentleman with more apparent secret joy and caution in his countenance, said, “And where do you think we will go to when we leave here, Brother Huntington?” Father did not pretend to guess; unless we went back to Jackson County. “No,” said the old Patriarch, his whole being seeming to be alive with animation. “The Lord has told Joseph that when we leave here we will go into the Rocky Mountains; right into the midst of the Lamanites.”
This information filled our hearts with unspeakable joy, for we knew that the Book of Mormon and this gospel had been brought to light more for the remnants of Jacob upon this continent than for the Gentiles. Father Smith again enjoined upon us profound secrecy in this matter and I don’t think it was ever uttered by one of Father Huntington’s family. The history of the Nauvoo shows that we located in Nauvoo in 1839, and left in 1846.
The Church did move to the Rocky Mountains into the midst of the Indians or Lamanites-or more properly speaking the Jews-and here we expect to live until we move to the spirit land or the Lord moves us somewhere else.
Young Woman’s Journal, Vol. 2:314-15.