Discourse, 27 February 1835–A, as Reported by Oliver Cowdery

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he (President Smith) arose and said, he had something to lay before the , and he thought if he were heard patiently, he could lay before the council an item which they would [find] to be of importance. He had for himself, learned a fact, by experience, which on reflection, always gave him a deep sorrow. It is a fact (said President Smith) that if I now had in my possession, every decision which has been had, upon important items of doctrine and duties, which have been given since the commencement of this work, I would not part with it for any sum of money, but we have neglected to take minutes of such things, thinking, perhaps, that they would never benefit us afterward, which, had we now, would decide almost any point of doctrine, which might be agitated. but, this has been neglected and now we cannot bear record to the , and to the world, of the great [p. 86]
he (President Smith) arose and said, he had something to lay before the , and he thought if he were heard patiently, he could lay before the council an item which they would [find] to be of importance. He had for himself, learned a fact, by experience, which on reflection, always gave him a deep sorrow. It is a fact (said President Smith) that if I now had in my possession, every decision which has been had, upon important items of doctrine and duties, which have been given since the commencement of this work, I would not part with it for any sum of money, but we have neglected to take minutes of such things, thinking, perhaps, that they would never benefit us afterward, which, had we now, would decide almost any point of doctrine, which might be agitated. but, this has been neglected and now we cannot bear record to the , and to the world, of the great [p. 86]
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