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

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<December 12.> that it was downright wickedness, ignorance, Bigotry and super stition, Which caused her to make the remark, and that I  would put it on record, and I have done so, because it is  a fair sample of the prevailing spirit of the times, showing  that the victims of priestcraft and Superstition would not  <Debate.> believe though one should rise from the dead. At evening at tended a debate, at Bro. ’s on the following ques tion; Was it necessary for God to reveal himself to man in  order for their happiness? I was on the affirmative and the  last to speak on that side of the question, but while listening  with interest to the ingenuity displayed, on both sides, I was  called away, to visit Sister , who was supposed  to be dangerously sick. and myself went and  prayed for and laid hands on her, in the name of Jesus  Christ, and leaving her apparently better returned home.

13 December 1835 • Sunday

<Sunday 13.> Sunday 13th. at the usual hour (10. forenoon) attended  meeting at the . Elder  preached a very feeling discourse; in the afternoon Elder   related his experience, after which Prest, related his also. They both spoke of many things con nected with the rise and progress of this church, which  were interesting; after this the sacrament of the Lord’s Supper  was administered under the superintendance of Prest.  , after which I made some remarks respec ting prayer Meetings; and our meeting was closed by invoking  the blessing of heaven. I returned home and ordered my  horse, and myself and rode to Mrs E. Jennings  <  Married> where I joined and  in matrimony, according to previous engagements, had so far recovered from her illness as to be able  to sit in an her easy chair while I pro[no]unced the marriage  ceremony. We then rode to ’s, a distance  of about three miles from town, where I had been solicited  to attend another marriage. We found a large and res pectable number of the friends present. I had been requested  to make some preliminary remarks on the subject of mat rimony, touching the design of the Almighty in this insti tution, also the duties of husbands and wives towards each  other, and after opening our interview with singing and  prayer I delivered a lecture of about forty minutes, in  which all seemed interested, except one or two individuals  who manifested a spirit of grovelling contempt which  I was constrained to reprove and rebuke sharply. after  <, married> I had closed my remarks I sealed the matrimonial en gagements between Mr and Miss  in the name of God, and pronouncing the blessings  of heaven upon their heads, closed by returning thanks.  A sumptuous feast was then spread, and the company [p. 662]
December 12. that it was downright wickedness, ignorance, Bigotry and superstition, Which caused her to make the remark, and that I would put it on record, and I have done so, because it is a fair sample of the prevailing spirit of the times, showing that the victims of priestcraft and Superstition would not Debate. believe though one should rise from the dead. At evening attended a debate, at Bro. ’s on the following question; Was it necessary for God to reveal himself to man in order for their happiness? I was on the affirmative and the last to speak on that side of the question, but while listening with interest to the ingenuity displayed, on both sides, I was called away, to visit Sister , who was supposed to be dangerously sick. and myself went and prayed for and laid hands on her, in the name of Jesus Christ, and leaving her apparently better returned home.

13 December 1835 • Sunday

Sunday 13. Sunday 13th. at the usual hour (10. forenoon) attended meeting at the . Elder preached a very feeling discourse; in the afternoon Elder related his experience, after which Prest, related his also. They both spoke of many things connected with the rise and progress of this church, which were interesting; after this the sacrament of the Lord’s Supper was administered under the superintendance of Prest. , after which I made some remarks respecting prayer Meetings; and our meeting was closed by invoking the blessing of heaven. I returned home and ordered my horse, and myself and rode to Mr E. Jennings Married where I joined and in matrimony, according to previous engagements, had so far recovered from her illness as to be able to sit in her easy chair while I pronounced the marriage ceremony. We then rode to ’s, a distance of about three miles from town, where I had been solicited to attend another marriage. We found a large and respectable number of the friends present. I had been requested to make some preliminary remarks on the subject of matrimony, touching the design of the Almighty in this institution, also the duties of husbands and wives towards each other, and after opening our interview with singing and prayer I delivered a lecture of about forty minutes, in which all seemed interested, except one or two individuals who manifested a spirit of grovelling contempt which I was constrained to reprove and rebuke sharply. after , married I had closed my remarks I sealed the matrimonial engagements between Mr and Miss in the name of God, and pronouncing the blessings of heaven upon their heads, closed by returning thanks. A sumptuous feast was then spread, and the company [p. 662]
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