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

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<November 22> Join the Methodist, yet said he was not in faith with their doc trine. He desired to return to the fellowship of the church, asked  forgiveness of the brethren, and restoration of his licence. President  Smith spoke of the impropriety of turning away from the truth  and going after a people so destitute of the Spirit of righteous ness as the Methodist. showed the folly of  fellowshipping any doctrine or Spirit aside from that of Christ.   arose and said he felt firm in the determination  of doing the will of God in all things, or as far as in him lies,  was sorry for his faults, and by the grace of God will forsake  them in future. Council & <church> voted to restore him to fellowship, and  the office of elder also, and that the clerk give him a licence.

23 November 1835 • Monday

<23> Monday 23d., Several brethren called to converse with me, and  see the records. Received a letter from . Spent the day  in conversing, and in studying, the Hebrew. A stormy day.

24 November 1835 • Tuesday

<24.> Tuesday 24th. at home. Spent the forenoon instructing those that  called to enquire concerning the things of God in the last  days. In the afternoon we translated some of the Egyptian  Records. I had an invitation to attend a wedding at Brother  <  married> ’s in the evening, also to solemnize the matri monial ceremony between and .   accompanied me, on our arrival, a considerable company  had collected. The Bridegroom and bride came in and took their  seats, which gave me to understand that they were ready. After  prayers, I requested them to rise and join hands. I then remar ked that marriage was an institution of heaven, instituted in  in the garden of Eden; that it was necessary it should be sol emnized by the authority if the everlasting Priesthood. The cer emony was original with me, and in substance as follows;  You covenant to be each others companions through life,  and discharge the duties of husband and wife in every  respect: to which they assented. I then pronounced them  husband and wife in the name of God, and also the blessings  that the Lord conferred upon Adam and Eve in the garden  of Eden, that is, to multiply and replenish the earth, with the  addition of long life and prosperity: dismissed them, and  returned home. Freezeing cold. Some snow on the ground.

25 November 1835 • Wednesday

<25  ,  arrive from .> Wednesday 25th. spent the day in translating. and   arrived from . The latter says that he  has no doubt, but a dose of poison was administered to him  in a bowl of milk, but God delivered him.

26 November 1835 • Thursday

<26  , > Thursday 26th. Spent the day in translating Egyptian charac ters from the Papyrus: though severly afflicted with a cold. and arrived from Zion.

27 November 1835 • Friday

<27> Friday 27th. Much afflicted with my cold, yet I am determin ed to overcome in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ. Spent the day  at home reading Hebrew. , My Scribe, being afflicted with  a cold, asked me to lay my hands on him in the name of the Lord. [p. 656]
November 22 Join the Methodist, yet said he was not in faith with their doctrine. He desired to return to the fellowship of the church, asked forgiveness of the brethren, and restoration of his licence. President Smith spoke of the impropriety of turning away from the truth and going after a people so destitute of the Spirit of righteousness as the Methodist. showed the folly of fellowshipping any doctrine or Spirit aside from that of Christ. arose and said he felt firm in the determination of doing the will of God in all things, or as far as in him lies, was sorry for his faults, and by the grace of God will forsake them in future. Council & church voted to restore him to fellowship, and the office of elder also, and that the clerk give him a licence.

23 November 1835 • Monday

23 Monday 23d., Several brethren called to converse with me, and see the records. Received a letter from . Spent the day in conversing, and in studying, the Hebrew. A stormy day.

24 November 1835 • Tuesday

24. Tuesday 24th. at home. Spent the forenoon instructing those that called to enquire concerning the things of God in the last days. In the afternoon we translated some of the Egyptian Records. I had an invitation to attend a wedding at Brother married ’s in the evening, also to solemnize the matrimonial ceremony between and . accompanied me, on our arrival, a considerable company had collected. The Bridegroom and bride came in and took their seats, which gave me to understand that they were ready. After prayers, I requested them to rise and join hands. I then remarked that marriage was an institution of heaven, instituted in in the garden of Eden; that it was necessary it should be solemnized by the authority if the everlasting Priesthood. The ceremony was original with me, and in substance as follows; You covenant to be each others companions through life, and discharge the duties of husband and wife in every respect: to which they assented. I then pronounced them husband and wife in the name of God, and also the blessings that the Lord conferred upon Adam and Eve in the garden of Eden, that is, to multiply and replenish the earth, with the addition of long life and prosperity: dismissed them, and returned home. Freezeing cold. Some snow on the ground.

25 November 1835 • Wednesday

25 , arrive from . Wednesday 25th. spent the day in translating. and arrived from . The latter says that he has no doubt, but a dose of poison was administered to him in a bowl of milk, but God delivered him.

26 November 1835 • Thursday

26 , Thursday 26th. Spent the day in translating Egyptian characters from the Papyrus: though severly afflicted with a cold. and arrived from Zion.

27 November 1835 • Friday

27 Friday 27th. Much afflicted with my cold, yet I am determined to overcome in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ. Spent the day at home reading Hebrew. , My Scribe, being afflicted with a cold, asked me to lay my hands on him in the name of the Lord. [p. 656]
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