Discourse, 31 March 1842, as Reported by Eliza R. Snow

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Prest. J. Smith arose— spoke of the organization of the  Society— said he was deeply interested that it might be built up  to the Most High in an acceptable manner— that its rules must  be observed— that none should be received into the Society but  those who were worthy— propos’d that the Society go into a  close examination of every candidate— that they were going too  fast— that the Society should grow up by degrees— should commence  with a few individuals— thus have a select Society of the virtuous  and those who will walk circumspectly— commended them for  their zeal but said sometimes their zeal was not according  to knowledge— One principal object of the Institution was  to purge out iniquity— said they must be extremely careful  in all their examinations or the consequences would be serious
Said all difficulties which might & would cross our  way must be surmounted, though the soul be tried, the  heart faint, and hands hang down— must not retrace our  steps— that there must be decision of character aside from  sympathy— that when instructed we must obey that  voice, observe the Constitution that the blessings of heaven may  rest down upon us— all must act in concert or nothing can  be done— that the Society should move according to the  ancient , hence there should be a select Society  separate from all the evils of the world, choice, virtuous  and holy— Said he was going to make of this Society a  kingdom of as in Enoch’s day— as in Pauls day — that it is the privilege of each member to live long [p. 22]
Prest. J. Smith arose— spoke of the organization of the Society— said he was deeply interested that it might be built up to the Most High in an acceptable manner— that its rules must be observed— that none should be received into the Society but those who were worthy— propos’d that the Society go into a close examination of every candidate— that they were going too fast— that the Society should grow up by degrees— should commence with a few individuals— thus have a select Society of the virtuous and those who will walk circumspectly— commended them for their zeal but said sometimes their zeal was not according to knowledge— One principal object of the Institution was to purge out iniquity— said they must be extremely careful in all their examinations or the consequences would be serious
Said all difficulties which might & would cross our way must be surmounted, though the soul be tried, the heart faint, and hands hang down— must not retrace our steps— that there must be decision of character aside from sympathy— that when instructed we must obey that voice, observe the Constitution that the blessings of heaven may rest down upon us— all must act in concert or nothing can be done— that the Society should move according to the ancient , hence there should be a select Society separate from all the evils of the world, choice, virtuous and holy— Said he was going to make of this Society a kingdom of as in Enoch’s day— as in Pauls day— that it is the privilege of each member to live long [p. 22]
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