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

  • Source Note
  • Historical Introduction
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was necessary that the Twelve should state whether they were detirmined <​January 16. Council of the Twelve.​> to perservere in the work of the Lord, whether the presidency are able to satisfy them or not; vote called and carried in the affirmative unanimously. I then said to them that I had not lost confidence in them, and that they had no reason to suspect my Confidence, and that I <​Joseph’s Reply Continued.​> would be willing to be weighed in the scale of truth, to day, in this matter, and risque it in the day of Judgment: and as it respects the chastening contained in the letter in question, which I acknowledged might have been expressed in too harsh language, which was not intentional, and I asked their forgiveness inasmuch as I had hurt their feelings; but nevertheless the letter that wrote back to , while the Twelve were at the east, was harsh also, and I was willing to set the one against the other; I next proceeded to explain the duty of the twelve, and their authority, which is next to the present presidency, and that the arrangement of the assembly in this place on the 15th. instant, in placing [HC 2:373] the High councils of next the presidency, was because the business to be transacted, was business relating to that body in particular, which was to fill the several Quorums in ; not because they were first in office; and that the arrangement was the most judicious that could be made on the occasion, also the Twelve are not subject to any other than the first presidency, viz,— myself, and . <​who are <​now​> my Counsellors and where I am not, there is no first presidency; over the twelve​> I also stated to the Twelve that I did not countenance the harsh language of to them, neither in myself nor any other man, although I have sometimes spoken too harsh from the impulse of the moment, and in-asmuch as I have wounded your feelings, brethren, I ask your forgiveness, for I love you and will hold you up with all my heart, in all righteousness, before the Lord, and before all men, for be assured, brethren, I am willing to stem the torrent of all opposition; in Storms and in tempests; in thunders and in lightnings; by sea and by land, in the wilderness or among false brethren, or mobs, or whereever God in his providence may call us; and I am determined that neither heights nor depths, principalities nor powers, things present or things to come, nor any other creature, shall seperate me from you; and I will now covenant with you before God that I will not listen to nor credit any derogatory report against any of you, nor condemn you upon any testimony beneath the heavens, short of that testimony which is infallible, until I can see you face to face, and know of a Surety; And I do place unremitted confidence in your word, for I believe you to be men of truth, and I ask the same of you, when I tell you any thing that you place equal confidence in my word, for I will not tell you I know any thing, which I do not know; but I have already consumed more time than I intended when I commenced, and I will now give way to my colleagues. [p. 691]
was necessary that the Twelve should state whether they were detirmined January 16. Council of the Twelve. to perservere in the work of the Lord, whether the presidency are able to satisfy them or not; vote called and carried in the affirmative unanimously. I then said to them that I had not lost confidence in them, and that they had no reason to suspect my Confidence, and that I Joseph’s Reply Continued. would be willing to be weighed in the scale of truth, to day, in this matter, and risque it in the day of Judgment: and as it respects the chastening contained in the letter in question, which I acknowledged might have been expressed in too harsh language, which was not intentional, and I asked their forgiveness inasmuch as I had hurt their feelings; but nevertheless the letter that wrote back to , while the Twelve were at the east, was harsh also, and I was willing to set the one against the other; I next proceeded to explain the duty of the twelve, and their authority, which is next to the present presidency, and that the arrangement of the assembly in this place on the 15th. instant, in placing [HC 2:373] the High councils of next the presidency, was because the business to be transacted, was business relating to that body in particular, which was to fill the several Quorums in ; not because they were first in office; and that the arrangement was the most judicious that could be made on the occasion, also the Twelve are not subject to any other than the first presidency, viz,— myself, and . who are now my Counsellors and where I am not, there is no first presidency; over the twelve I also stated to the Twelve that I did not countenance the harsh language of to them, neither in myself nor any other man, although I have sometimes spoken too harsh from the impulse of the moment, and in-asmuch as I have wounded your feelings, brethren, I ask your forgiveness, for I love you and will hold you up with all my heart, in all righteousness, before the Lord, and before all men, for be assured, brethren, I am willing to stem the torrent of all opposition; in Storms and in tempests; in thunders and in lightnings; by sea and by land, in the wilderness or among false brethren, or mobs, or whereever God in his providence may call us; and I am determined that neither heights nor depths, principalities nor powers, things present or things to come, nor any other creature, shall seperate me from you; and I will now covenant with you before God that I will not listen to nor credit any derogatory report against any of you, nor condemn you upon any testimony beneath the heavens, short of that testimony which is infallible, until I can see you face to face, and know of a Surety; And I do place unremitted confidence in your word, for I believe you to be men of truth, and I ask the same of you, when I tell you any thing that you place equal confidence in my word, for I will not tell you I know any thing, which I do not know; but I have already consumed more time than I intended when I commenced, and I will now give way to my colleagues. [p. 691]
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