Elders’ Journal, August 1838

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  • Historical Introduction
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as author to their book than , so substituted his name. The change  however was not much better. Asahel Howe  one of ’s. brothers who was said to be  the likeliest of the family, served a prentice ship in the work house in , for robbing  the post office. And yet notwithstanding  all this, all the pious priests of all denomina tions, were found following in the wake of  these mortals.
and the Howe’s, are among the  basest of mankind, and known to be such;  and yet the priests and their coadjutors hail  them as their best friends, and publish their  lies, speaking of them in the highest terms.  And after all this, they want us to say, that  they are pious souls and good saints. Can  we believe it? surely men of common sense  will not ask us to do it.
Good men loves to associate with good  men; and bad men with bad ones; and when  we see men making friends with drunkards,  thieves, liars, and swindlers, shall we call  them saints? If we were to do it, we might  be justly charged with “partaking of their  evil deeds.”
Therefore until we have more evidence  than we have now, we shall always think  when we see men associating with scoun drels, that they themselves are scoundrels.  And there we shall leave them for the pres ent, firmly believing, that when the day of  decision has come, that we shall see all the  priests who adhere to the sectarian religions  of the day, with all their followers, without  one exception, receive their portion with the  devil and his angels.
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CELEBRATION OF THE 4th OF JULY.
The order of the day for the 4th of July, as  directed by the committee of arrangements.
The committee of arrangements, which  had been previously chosen, to make arrange ments for the celebration of the 4th of July,  and laying the corner stones of the ,  reported the following which was strictly ad hered to.
First that Presidents Joseph Smith Jr. be  president of the day, vice pres ident, and orator.
Second that , be marshal  of the day, and Col. and  Major , be assistant marshals.
Third that act as  Colonel for the day; , as Lieut.  Colonel; as Major, and   as Adjutant.
Fourth that , ,  and , act as Generals, be fore whom, the military band shall pass in  review.
Fifth that the procession commence form ing in the morning, at 10 o’clock A. M. in  the following order.
First the Infant[r]y in front.
Second the civil procession as follows:
1st the patriarchs of the Church.
2nd the President and , of the day.
3rd the Twelve.
4th the Presidents of the stake with the  high Council.
5th the and Council.
6th the architects.
7th the ladies, and then the gentleman of  the civil procession.
Then the Cavalry brought up the rear.
After the procession was formed, which  was exceedingly large. The whole marched  to the notes of a small band of music under  the direction of , around  the cellar which had been dug for the house.  The ladies forming a circle immediately a round the cellar, the gentleman, of the civil  procession in a circle next to the ladies. The  infantry in a circle next, and the cavalry out side.
After the whole procession was thus com pletely formed, prayer was made by the pres ident of the day, and a tune played by the  band, and then, proceeded to lay the corner  stones, as follows.
1 The south east corner was laid, by the  presidents of the stake, assisted by twelve  men.
2 The south west corner, by the presidents  of the Elders, assisted by twelve men,
3 The north west corner, by the bishop as sisted by twelve men.
4 The north east corner, by the president of  the teachers, assisted by twelve men.
After each stone was laid, the music play ed a tune.
When the ceremony of laying the stones  was completed, the ladies were formed in a  circle, immediately, around the stand, where  the oration was to be delivered, and the whole  procession formed around them, as previous ly at the cellar of the house. The gentleman  visitors were invited to come to the stand.—  After which the oration was delivered, at the  close of which, there was a shout of hosan na. A song was then sung by , composed by for the oc casion.
The military band then marched from the  stand, and the President, , and   of the day, attended with the visitors,  marched to the south side of the public  square, and the troops under the command  of their officers chosen for the occasion, pass ed in review before them. After which the  whole procession was dismissed.
The whole ceremony of the day, was per formed without the least disorder or confu sion, and the people, in the most perfect or der, retired to their homes.
The Committee of arrangements, take this  opportunity of tendering their thanks, to the  whole multitude who was in attendance, for  their good behavior on the occasion, and for  the due respect which they paid to the so lemnities of the scene.
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For the Elders Journal.
CONFERENCE MINUTES.
A conference meeting of Elders, and  members, of the church of Christ o[f]  Latter Day Saints, was held in this  place, this day, for the purpose of or ganziing this stake of Zion, calle[d]  . The meeting con vened at 10 o’clock A. M. in the grov[e]  near the house of elder [.]  President Joseph Smith Jr. was calle[d]  to the chair, who explained the objec[t] [p. 60]
as author to their book than , so substituted his name. The change however was not much better. Asahel Howe one of ’s. brothers who was said to be the likeliest of the family, served a prenticeship in the work house in , for robbing the post office. And yet notwithstanding all this, all the pious priests of all denominations, were found following in the wake of these mortals.
and the Howe’s, are among the basest of mankind, and known to be such; and yet the priests and their coadjutors hail them as their best friends, and publish their lies, speaking of them in the highest terms. And after all this, they want us to say, that they are pious souls and good saints. Can we believe it? surely men of common sense will not ask us to do it.
Good men loves to associate with good men; and bad men with bad ones; and when we see men making friends with drunkards, thieves, liars, and swindlers, shall we call them saints? If we were to do it, we might be justly charged with “partaking of their evil deeds.”
Therefore until we have more evidence than we have now, we shall always think when we see men associating with scoundrels, that they themselves are scoundrels. And there we shall leave them for the present, firmly believing, that when the day of decision has come, that we shall see all the priests who adhere to the sectarian religions of the day, with all their followers, without one exception, receive their portion with the devil and his angels.
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CELEBRATION OF THE 4th OF JULY.
The order of the day for the 4th of July, as directed by the committee of arrangements.
The committee of arrangements, which had been previously chosen, to make arrangements for the celebration of the 4th of July, and laying the corner stones of the , reported the following which was strictly adhered to.
First that Presidents Joseph Smith Jr. be president of the day, vice president, and orator.
Second that , be marshal of the day, and Col. and Major , be assistant marshals.
Third that act as Colonel for the day; , as Lieut. Colonel; as Major, and as Adjutant.
Fourth that , , and , act as Generals, before whom, the military band shall pass in review.
Fifth that the procession commence forming in the morning, at 10 o’clock A. M. in the following order.
First the Infantry in front.
Second the civil procession as follows:
1st the patriarchs of the Church.
2nd the President and , of the day.
3rd the Twelve.
4th the Presidents of the stake with the high Council.
5th the and Council.
6th the architects.
7th the ladies, and then the gentleman of the civil procession.
Then the Cavalry brought up the rear.
After the procession was formed, which was exceedingly large. The whole marched to the notes of a small band of music under the direction of , around the cellar which had been dug for the house. The ladies forming a circle immediately around the cellar, the gentleman, of the civil procession in a circle next to the ladies. The infantry in a circle next, and the cavalry outside.
After the whole procession was thus completely formed, prayer was made by the president of the day, and a tune played by the band, and then, proceeded to lay the corner stones, as follows.
1 The south east corner was laid, by the presidents of the stake, assisted by twelve men.
2 The south west corner, by the presidents of the Elders, assisted by twelve men,
3 The north west corner, by the bishop assisted by twelve men.
4 The north east corner, by the president of the teachers, assisted by twelve men.
After each stone was laid, the music played a tune.
When the ceremony of laying the stones was completed, the ladies were formed in a circle, immediately, around the stand, where the oration was to be delivered, and the whole procession formed around them, as previously at the cellar of the house. The gentleman visitors were invited to come to the stand.— After which the oration was delivered, at the close of which, there was a shout of hosanna. A song was then sung by , composed by for the occasion.
The military band then marched from the stand, and the President, , and of the day, attended with the visitors, marched to the south side of the public square, and the troops under the command of their officers chosen for the occasion, passed in review before them. After which the whole procession was dismissed.
The whole ceremony of the day, was performed without the least disorder or confusion, and the people, in the most perfect order, retired to their homes.
The Committee of arrangements, take this opportunity of tendering their thanks, to the whole multitude who was in attendance, for their good behavior on the occasion, and for the due respect which they paid to the solemnities of the scene.
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For the Elders Journal.
CONFERENCE MINUTES.
A conference meeting of Elders, and members, of the church of Christ of Latter Day Saints, was held in this place, this day, for the purpose of organziing this stake of Zion, called . The meeting convened at 10 o’clock A. M. in the grove near the house of elder . President Joseph Smith Jr. was called to the chair, who explained the object [p. 60]
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