From William A. Morton, From Plowboy to Prophet: Being a Short History of Joseph Smith, for Children. Salt Lake City: Deseret Book, 1912.
Remarkable Prophecies and Their Fulfillment
One day a number of Indians came to Nauvoo to see the Prophet. Some of them had read the Book of Mormon, and they wanted to meet the man who had sent them the wonderful history.
Joseph Told them about their forefathers, who had come across the great waters to this land. he told the Indians of the many ways in which the Lord had blessed their fathers. But because they would not do as the Lord told them, but quarreled and fought among themselves, He was angry with them and caused a dark skin to come upon many of them.
the Prophet told the Indians that if they would do right, and live in peace, the Lord would bless them and they would be happy. When he had finished speaking one of the chiefs said: “I believe you area great and good man. I look rough, but I am also a son of the Great Spirit. I have heard your voice; and we intend to quit fighting, and follow the good advice you have given us.”
Nauvoo grew very fast. In less than two years there were thousands of Saints living there in good homes. A university was planned, and later the city was crowned with a beautiful Temple.
The Prophet felt, however, that his people would not remain there long. One day he crossed the river to Montrose. Standing in the shade of a building there he uttered a remarkable prophecy. He said the Saints would continue to suffer much affliction, and would be driven to the Rocky Mountains. Many would leave the Church, others would be put to death or lose their lives through disease, and because of the trials that would come to them; but some of those present would live to go and help make settlements and build cities and see the Saints become a mighty people in the midst of the Rocky Mountains. That was a wonderful prophecy. It has been fulfilled to the very letter.
One night the Prophet Joseph, Wilford Woodruff and Willard Richards were out walking together, and talking about the great latter-day work. Suddenly a strange light appeared in the heavens. It was in the shape of a sword. As they stood looking at it, Joseph told them that was a sign of a terrible war which would take place in this country.
Some years before this he prophesied about this great war. He said it would be brought about by the Southern States rebelling against the Northern States; that the Southern States would call on Great Britain for help; that the 3war would begin in South Carolina, and that it would end in the death of many men.
About twenty-eight years later this prophecy began to be fulfilled. The Southern States rebelled against the Northern States, which brought about the great Civil War. The war commenced where the Prophet said it would, in South Carolina, and it ended in the death of over one million men.
Before closing this chapter I wish to tell you about another prophecy which Joseph gave in the month of May, 1843. He was dining at Carthage, Illinois, with Judge Stephen A. Douglas and others. After dinner, Judge Douglas asked the Prophet to give him an account of the persecutions of the Saints in Missouri. Joseph did so, talking for almost three hours.
At that time the judge seemed to be very friendly towards the Prophet. When Joseph had told him all that the Saints had passed through, he looked straight into Mr. Douglas’ face and said: “Judge, you will aspire to the Presidency of the United States; and if you ever turn your hand against me or the Latter-day Saints, you will feel the weight of the hand of the Almighty upon you; and you will live to see and know that I have testified the truth to you; for the conversation of this day will stick to you through life.”
Seventeen years afterwards Mr. Douglas was named for President of the United States. It was firmly believed that he would be elected, for he was looked upon as a great man. But in order to make friends of those who were opposed to the Saints, he turned against the latter-day Saints, and said many things about them which were false and wicked.
Well, the day of the election came, and Judge Douglas was defeated; he was voted down in every State in the Union except one. It was at that time that Abraham Lincoln was made President.
In less than a year Judge Douglas died at his home in Chicago, a disappointed and almost broken-hearted man.