History, 1838–1856, volume B-1 [1 September 1834–2 November 1838]

  • Source Note
  • Historical Introduction
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The question; Was or was it not the design of Christ to establish his  <November 18.> gospel by miracles? After an interesting debate of three hours or more  during which time much talent was displayed, it was decided by  the president of the debate in the negative; which was a righteous  decision. I discovered, in this debate, much warmth displayed;  too much zeal for mastery; too much of that enthusiasm that char acterizes a Lawyer at the bar, who is determined to defend his cause  right or wrong. I therefore availed myself of this favorable opportunity  to drop a few words upon this subject by way of advice, that they  might improve their minds and cultivate their powers of intellect  in a proper manner, that they might not incur the displeasure of  heaven; that they should handle sacred things very sacredly, and  with due deference to the opinions of others, and with an eye sin gle to the glory of God.

19 November 1835 • Thursday

<19.> Thursday 19th. Went in company with and my   to see how the workmen prospered in finishing the .  The masons on the inside had commenced putting on the finishing  coat of plastering. On my return I met and  and conversed with them upon the subject of their being disaffected,  I found that they were not so, as touching the faith of the church,  but with some of the members. I returned home and spent  the day in translating the Egyptian Records. a warm and pleasant day.

20 November 1835 • Friday

<20> Friday 20th. At home in the morning. Weather warm and rainy.  < re turned from .> We spent the day in translating, and made rapid progress. At even ing returned from , bringing with him  a quantity of Hebrew Books, for the Benefit of the school. He pre sented me with a Hebrew Bible. Lexicon and Grammar: also  a Greek Lexicon and Webster’s English Dictionary Lexicon. had a prosperous journey, according to the prayers of the  saints in .

21 November 1835 • Saturday

<21.> Saturday 21st. Spent the day at home in examining my books,  and studying the Hebrew Alphabet. At evening met with  our Hebrew class to make some arrangements about a Teacher.  It was decided by the voice of the school to send to  for a Jew, to teach us the language, if we could get released  from the engagement we had made with to  teach us, having ascertained that he was not qualified to give  us the knowledge we wished to acquire of the Hebrew.

22 November 1835 • Sunday

<Sunday 22.> Sunday 22 Went to meeting at the usual hour. pre ached from the 7th. of Matthew. ’s brother-in-law and  other relatives were at meeting. In the afternoon the meeting was  <council> held in the . In the evening a council of High priests  and elders was held in the presence of the members of the Church,  <.> when Mr , who had been an ordained elder in the  church, and for a time had preached the gospel successfully,  but after a while had sent his licence to president Smith  in a letter, came before the council and confessed that he had  been in temptation, and fallen into temptation <error> so much as to [p. 655]
The question; Was or was it not the design of Christ to establish his November 18. gospel by miracles? After an interesting debate of three hours or more during which time much talent was displayed, it was decided by the president of the debate in the negative; which was a righteous decision. I discovered, in this debate, much warmth displayed; too much zeal for mastery; too much of that enthusiasm that characterizes a Lawyer at the bar, who is determined to defend his cause right or wrong. I therefore availed myself of this favorable opportunity to drop a few words upon this subject by way of advice, that they might improve their minds and cultivate their powers of intellect in a proper manner, that they might not incur the displeasure of heaven; that they should handle sacred things very sacredly, and with due deference to the opinions of others, and with an eye single to the glory of God.

19 November 1835 • Thursday

19. Thursday 19th. Went in company with and my to see how the workmen prospered in finishing the . The masons on the inside had commenced putting on the finishing coat of plastering. On my return I met and and conversed with them upon the subject of their being disaffected, I found that they were not so, as touching the faith of the church, but with some of the members. I returned home and spent the day in translating the Egyptian Records. a warm and pleasant day.

20 November 1835 • Friday

20 Friday 20th. At home in the morning. Weather warm and rainy. returned from . We spent the day in translating, and made rapid progress. At evening returned from , bringing with him a quantity of Hebrew Books, for the Benefit of the school. He presented me with a Hebrew Bible. Lexicon and Grammar: also a Greek Lexicon and Webster’s English Lexicon. had a prosperous journey, according to the prayers of the saints in .

21 November 1835 • Saturday

21. Saturday 21st. Spent the day at home in examining my books, and studying the Hebrew Alphabet. At evening met with our Hebrew class to make some arrangements about a Teacher. It was decided by the voice of the school to send to for a Jew, to teach us the language, if we could get released from the engagement we had made with to teach us, having ascertained that he was not qualified to give us the knowledge we wished to acquire of the Hebrew.

22 November 1835 • Sunday

Sunday 22. Sunday 22 Went to meeting at the usual hour. preached from the 7th. of Matthew. ’s brother-in-law and other relatives were at meeting. In the afternoon the meeting was council held in the . In the evening a council of High priests and elders was held in the presence of the members of the Church, . when Mr , who had been an ordained elder in the church, and for a time had preached the gospel successfully, but after a while sent his licence to president Smith in a letter, came before the council and confessed that he had been in temptation, and fallen into error so much as to [p. 655]
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