History, 1834–1836

  • Source Note
  • Historical Introduction
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Perhaps, an arrangement of this kind in a former day would have occasioned  some unpleasant reflections, in the minds of many, and at an early <earlier> period, in  this church, others to have forsaken the cause, in consequence of weakness, and unfaith fulness; but that the leaders of the church should wait so long before stepping forward  according <to> the manifestation of the Spirit, deserved a reproof. And that the  church should be chastened, for their uncultivated manner of salutation, is  also just. But to proceed with the account of the interview.
After addressing the throne of mercy, President Smith laid hands up on , and ordained him to the Presidency of the High  priesthood in the Church, saying:
Brother, In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, who was crucified for  the sins of the world, that we through the virtue of his blood might come to the  Father, I lay my hands upon thy head, and ordain thee a President of the high and  holy priesthood, to assist in presiding over the Chu[r]ch, and bearing the keys of this king dom— which priesthood is after the or der of Melchizedek— which is after the order of the Son of God— And now, O Father, wilt thou bless this thy servant  with wisdom, knowledge, and understanding— give him, by the Holy Spirit,  a correct understanding of thy doctrine, laws, and will— Commune with  him from on high— let him hear thy voice, and receive the ministries ministring  of the holy angels— deliver him from temptation, and the power of  darkness— deliver him from evil, and from those who may seek his destruction, — be his shield, his buckler, and his great reward— endow him with power from on  high, that he may write, preach, and proclaim the gospel to his fellowmen in dem onstration of the Spirit and of power— may his feet never slide— may his  heart never feint— may his faith never fail. Bestow upon him the bles sings of his fathers Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, and of Joseph— Prolong his  life to a good old age, and bring him in peace to his end, and to rejoice with  thy saints, even the sanctified, in the celestial kingdom; for thine is the  kingdom, the power, and the glory, forever. Amen.
Presidents , and , confirmed the ordinance and bles sings by the laying on of hands and prayer, after which each were blessed  with the same blessings and prayer.
Much light was communicated to our minds, and we were instructed into  the order of the Church of the saints, and how they ought to conduct in re specting and reverencing each other. The praise of men, or the honor of this world,  is of no benefit; but if a man is respected in his calling, and considered to be  a man of righteousness, the truth may have an influence, many times, by which  means they may teach the gospel with success, and lead men into the kingdom  of heaven. [p. 19]
Perhaps, an arrangement of this kind in a former day would have occasioned some unpleasant reflections, in the minds of many, and at an earlier period, in this church, others to have forsaken the cause, in consequence of weakness, and unfaithfulness; but that the leaders of the church should wait so long before stepping forward according to the manifestation of the Spirit, deserved a reproof. And that the church should be chastened, for their uncultivated manner of salutation, is also just. But to proceed with the account of the interview.
After addressing the throne of mercy, President Smith laid hands upon , and ordained him to the Presidency of the High priesthood in the Church, saying:
Brother, In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, who was crucified for the sins of the world, that we through the virtue of his blood might come to the Father, I lay my hands upon thy head, and ordain thee a President of the high and holy priesthood, to assist in presiding over the Church, and bearing the keys of this kingdom— which priesthood is after the order of Melchizedek— which is after the order of the Son of God— And now, O Father, wilt thou bless this thy servant with wisdom, knowledge, and understanding— give him, by the Holy Spirit, a correct understanding of thy doctrine, laws, and will— Commune with him from on high— let him hear thy voice, and receive the ministring of the holy angels— deliver him from temptation, and the power of darkness— deliver him from evil, and from those who may seek his destruction,— be his shield, his buckler, and his great reward— endow him with power from on high, that he may write, preach, and proclaim the gospel to his fellowmen in demonstration of the Spirit and of power— may his feet never slide— may his heart never feint— may his faith never fail. Bestow upon him the blessings of his fathers Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, and of Joseph— Prolong his life to a good old age, and bring him in peace to his end, and to rejoice with thy saints, even the sanctified, in the celestial kingdom; for thine is the kingdom, the power, and the glory, forever. Amen.
Presidents , and , confirmed the ordinance and blessings by the laying on of hands and prayer, after which each were blessed with the same blessings and prayer.
Much light was communicated to our minds, and we were instructed into the order of the Church of the saints, and how they ought to conduct in respecting and reverencing each other. The praise of men, or the honor of this world, is of no benefit; but if a man is respected in his calling, and considered to be a man of righteousness, the truth may have an influence, many times, by which means they may teach the gospel with success, and lead men into the kingdom of heaven. [p. 19]
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