This is the first in a series of posts on memories of Joseph Smith. One should always be cautious with memories, even for immediate events. So much of what we remember is colored by the bio-”technology” of perception and the ability of our brains to fill in the gaps of the past, while simultaneously supplying interpretive links to present worldview and belief. Studies of memory, especially distant memories, suggest that those recollections rarely represent accurate reproductions of past events. Moreover, people who recalled Joseph Smith’s sayings or acts were rarely disinterested bystanders. That said, these memories are interesting for what they may tell us of Joseph but perhaps more about those who remembered him.
Addison Everett heard the Prophet say- that Jesus
was^is^ continually forming worlds for his chosen [children?] to dwell upon – hence, the saying – “In my Fathers house there are many mansions or in my Father’s kingdom, there are many kingdoms” and I go to prepare a place for you.
On one occasion, Joseph said that Jesus would take up his faithful saints to(?) Jerusalem to witness his triumph over his enemies- [image not clear, something to effect that people would fight against the Jews] that would be gathered there.
As regards Noah. he was mobbed and broken up four times while building the ark.
It is the very same Plan – the very same law that will save this world that saved all the worlds we see, and the Savior that redeemed them.
Everett’s report of “many mansions – many kingdoms” echoes Joseph Smith’s remarks in January 1844. Joseph Smith had a long history with speech about Noah beginning with early revelations and the midrashic Bible revisions. Like most other Christians of his time, Joseph Smith almost certainly saw the biblical flood as a global one, covering the earth. The “mobbing” of Noah is impossible to divorce from the Mormon–Missouri experience, and the remarks regarding “other” worlds and the consistency of salvation patterns reflect Joseph Smith’s revelations and preaching that the Christian Gospel was in effect known and practiced by ancient biblical peoples and others. The latter is effectively illustrated in the Book of Mormon and the Bible translation efforts. This idea reflected Mormonism’s unique view of dispensationalism. Many Protestants saw dispensations in terms of cessation-logic at the time. Only later did some deploy it as justification for rehabilitating enthusiasm, etc.
 A great example appears in Craig Harline and Eddy Put, A Bishop’s Tale (New Haven: Yale UP, 2000), 18. I choose this volume to make the point because I think it deserves continuing attention, and of course, I like it. Another obvious example is the way Americans reheard-rewrote the events surrounding Andrew Jackson and the War of 1812. The reservoir here is infinitely deep.
 This report was apparently made in St. George, Utah. A manuscript of such sayings was copied by Brigham Young Jr. and eventually ended up in the LDS church archives. Everett was born in 1805 in Orange County, New York. He migrated to Nauvoo in 1843, and was a bishop there. Everett was a carpenter by trade, and stayed in Nauvoo until the Temple was finished in 1846. He migrated to Utah, and went to St. George, Utah in 1862. He died there in 1885.