History, 1838–1856, volume A-1 [23 December 1805–30 August 1834]

  • Source Note
  • Historical Introduction
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But to return to the subject of order; In ancient days,   were conducted with such strict propriety that no one  was allowed to whisper, be weary, leave the room, or get uneasy  in the least; until the voice of the Lord, by revelation, or by the  voice of the council by the spirit was obtained: which has not  been observed in this to the present. It was un derstood in ancient days, that if one man could stay in  council, another could; and if the President could spend  his time, the members could also; but in our councils,  generally, one would will be uneasy, another asleep, one  praying, another not; one’s mind on the business of the  council, and another thinking on something else, &c.
Our acts are recorded, and at a future day they  will be laid before us, and if we should fail to judge  right, and injure our fellow beings, they may there,  perhaps, condems us; there, they are of great consequence  and to me the consequence appears to be of force, beyond  any thing which I am able to express, &c. Ask yourselves,  brethren, how much you have exercised yourselves in  prayer since you heard of this council; and if you  are now prepared to sit in council upon the soul of your  brother?
I then gave a relation of my situation at the time I  obtained the record, the persecutions I met with, and of  &c, and prophecied that I would stand and shine  like the sun in the firmament, when my enemies  and the gainsayers of my testimony shall be put down  and cast out cut off, and their names blotted out  from among men.
The council proceeded to investigate certain charges  presented by against ,— one  was, that he told , Esqu, that Joseph drank  too much liquor when he was the Book of  Mormon, and that he wrestled with many men and  threw them, &c; and that he () exalted himself  above Joseph, in that he said “Brother Joseph knew  not the contents of the Book of Mormon, until it was  translated, but that he, himself knew all about it before  it was translated.” [p. 425]
But to return to the subject of order; In ancient days, were conducted with such strict propriety that no one was allowed to whisper, be weary, leave the room, or get uneasy in the least; until the voice of the Lord, by revelation, or by the voice of the council by the spirit was obtained: which has not been observed in this to the present. It was understood in ancient days, that if one man could stay in council, another could; and if the President could spend his time, the members could also; but in our councils, generally, one will be uneasy, another asleep, one praying, another not; one’s mind on the business of the council, and another thinking on something else, &c.
Our acts are recorded, and at a future day they will be laid before us, and if we should fail to judge right, and injure our fellow beings, they may there, perhaps, condems us; there, they are of great consequence and to me the consequence appears to be of force, beyond any thing which I am able to express, &c. Ask yourselves, brethren, how much you have exercised yourselves in prayer since you heard of this council; and if you are now prepared to sit in council upon the soul of your brother?
I then gave a relation of my situation at the time I obtained the record, the persecutions I met with, &c, and prophecied that I would stand and shine like the sun in the firmament, when my enemies and the gainsayers of my testimony shall be put down and cut off, and their names blotted out from among men.
The council proceeded to investigate certain charges presented by against ,— one was, that he told , Esqu, that Joseph drank too much liquor when he was the Book of Mormon, and that he wrestled with many men and threw them, &c; and that he () exalted himself above Joseph, in that he said “Brother Joseph knew not the contents of the Book of Mormon, until it was translated, but that he, himself knew all about it before it was translated.” [p. 425]
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