185 years ago today - May 3, 1839

[Apostle Wilford Woodruff Journal]
We arived at his [Joseph Smith's] house & once more 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.

He had just received deliverance from prision & the hand of his enemies & returned to the bosom of his family & friends & also Hiram his brother & Lyman Wight & two other brethren. They had been confined in prison about six months & had been under the sentence of death three times. But yet there lives were in the hands of God & could not be taken by their enemies & they were now at home & we in their midst rejoicing together. Joseph was frank open & familiar as usual. Sister Emma was truly happy.

[Wilford Woodruff's Journal: 1833-1898 Typescript, Volumes 1-9, Edited by Scott G. Kenney, Signature Books 1993, http://amzn.to/newmormonstudies]

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