Discourse, 6 March 1840, as Reported by Elias Smith

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President Joseph Smith Jun. then addressed  the Council on various subjects, &, in partic ular, the ; stating, that the  affair now before Congress was the only  thing that ought to interest the saints at  present. & till it was ascertained how it  would terminate no person ought to be  brought to account before th[e] constituted  authorities of the for any offence  whatever, & was determined that no man  should be brought before the Council in   till that time &c. &c:
He said that the Law of consecration  could not be kept here, & that it was the  will of the Lord that we should desist from  trying to keep it, & if persisted in it would  produce a perfect abortion, & that he  assumed the whole responsibility of not  keeping it untill prosposed by himself.  He requested every exertion to be made  to forward affidavits to , &  also letters to members of Congress. [p. 89]
President Joseph Smith Jun. then addressed the Council on various subjects, &, in particular, the ; stating, that the affair now before Congress was the only thing that ought to interest the saints at present. & till it was ascertained how it would terminate no person ought to be brought to account before the constituted authorities of the for any offence whatever, & was determined that no man should be brought before the Council in till that time &c. &c:
He said that the Law of consecration could not be kept here, & that it was the will of the Lord that we should desist from trying to keep it, & if persisted in it would produce a perfect abortion, & that he assumed the whole responsibility of not keeping it untill prosposed by himself. He requested every exertion to be made to forward affidavits to , & also letters to members of Congress. [p. 89]
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