History, 1834–1836

  • Source Note
  • Historical Introduction
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he felt to humble himself, as it were in dust and ashes before  the Lord.— But notwithstanding the gratitude that filled  his heart, on retrospecting the past year, with the mult iplied blessings that have crowned his head; his heart  is pained, and his peace distrubed when he reflects  upon the difficulties that exists in his s family
The Devil has made a violent attack upon his brother   & his brother in law , and  the powers of darkness seem to hover over their minds  and obscure the light of truth: And not only theirs but  a gloomy shade appears to be cast over the minds  of some more of his brothers & Sisters, which prevents  them from seeing thing as they really are. And the  powers of earth & hell seem combined to overthrow us,  and the church by causing a division in his s  family. Indeed the adversary is bringing into requisi tion all his subtlety to prevent the saints from being  endued; by causing divisions among the twelve, also  among the seventy, and bickerings & jealousies among  the Elders, & official members, and thus the leaven  of iniquity foments & spreads among the lay m embers of the church.— But Joseph determined in his  heart, that no exertion on his part should be wanting  to adjust, and amicably dispose of, and settle, all  family difficulties on this day; that the ensuing  year, & years, be they many, or few, may be spent  in righteousness before the Lord. And he declared  that he feels confident, that the cloud will burst,  and satan’s kingdom be laid in ruins, with all  his black designs; and the saints come forth  like gold seven times tried in the fire, being  made perfect throug[h] temptations & sufferings:  and the blessings of heaven, & earth, will be multip lied upon our heads, which may God grant  for his Sons sake, Amen.
This morning his brother called to  see him upon the subject of their difficulties; they retir ed to a private room with their , and their uncle , their brother , & Eldr. ;  their aged then opened the interview by prayer [p. 167]
he felt to humble himself, as it were in dust and ashes before the Lord.— But notwithstanding the gratitude that filled his heart, on retrospecting the past year, with the multiplied blessings that have crowned his head; his heart is pained, and his peace distrubed when he reflects upon the difficulties that exists in his s family
The Devil has made a violent attack upon his brother & his brother in law , and the powers of darkness seem to hover over their minds and obscure the light of truth: And not only theirs but a gloomy shade appears to be cast over the minds of some more of his brothers & Sisters, which prevents them from seeing thing as they really are. And the powers of earth & hell seem combined to overthrow us, and the church by causing a division in his s family. Indeed the adversary is bringing into requisition all his subtlety to prevent the saints from being endued; by causing divisions among the twelve, also among the seventy, and bickerings & jealousies among the Elders, & official members, and thus the leaven of iniquity foments & spreads among the lay members of the church.— But Joseph determined in his heart, that no exertion on his part should be wanting to adjust, and amicably dispose of, and settle, all family difficulties on this day; that the ensuing year, & years, be they many, or few, may be spent in righteousness before the Lord. And he declared that he feels confident, that the cloud will burst, and satan’s kingdom be laid in ruins, with all his black designs; and the saints come forth like gold seven times tried in the fire, being made perfect through temptations & sufferings: and the blessings of heaven, & earth, will be multiplied upon our heads, which may God grant for his Sons sake, Amen.
This morning his brother called to see him upon the subject of their difficulties; they retired to a private room with their , their uncle , their brother , & Eldr. ; their aged then opened the interview by prayer [p. 167]
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