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

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and , with their attendants, came in and were <January 20.> seated in front of the Presidency. A hymn was sung, after which I addressed a throne of grace. I then arose and read aloud a licence (according to the law of the land) granting any minister of the gospel the privilege of solemnizing the rights of Matrimony and after calling for objection, if any there were against the anticipated alliance between and and waiting sufficient time, I observed that all forever after this must hold their peace. I then invited them to join hands, and I pronounced the ceremony according to the rules and regulations of the church of the Lat[HC 2:377]ter Day Saints in the name of God, and in the name of Jesus Christ I pronounced upon them the blessings of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, and such other blessings as the Lord put into my heart, and being much under the influence of a cold I then gave way and arose and delivered a very forcible address suited to the occasion, and closed the services of the evening by prayer. Elders , and , then presented the presidency with three servers of of Glasses filled with wine, to bless, and it fell to my lot to attend to this duty, which I cheerfully discharged. It was then passed round in order: then the cake in the same order, and suffice it to say our hearts were made glad while partaking of the bounty of earth which was presented, until we had taken our fill; and joy filled every bosom, and the countenances of old and young, seemed to bloom alike with cheerfulness and smiles of youth, and an entire unison of feeling seemed to pervade the congregation, and indeed I doubt whether the pages of history can boast of a more splendid and innocent wedding and feast than this, for it was conducted after the order of heaven, who has a time for all things, and this being a time of rejoicing we heartily embraced it, and conducted ourselves accordingly. Took leave of the company and returned home.
21 January 1836 • Thursday
<21. John W. Olived> Thursday 21st. This morning a Minister from , by the name of John W. Olived called at my house and enquired of if “the prophet lives here.” He replied he did not understand him. Mr Olived asked the same question again and again, and received the same answer. He finally asked “does Mr Smith live here? replied O, Yes Sir. I understand you now. then stepped into my room and informed me that a gentleman had called to see me. I went into the room where he was, and the first question he asked me, was after passing a compliment, [HC 2:378] was “How many members have you in your church?” I replied that we had between fifteen hundred and two thousand in this branch. He then asked, “Wherein do you differ from other christian denominations?” I replied, we beleive the bible and they do not: however he affirmed that he believed the Bible. I told him then to be baptized. He replied that he did not realize it [p. 694]
and , with their attendants, came in and were January 20. seated in front of the Presidency. A hymn was sung, after which I addressed a throne of grace. I then arose and read aloud a licence (according to the law of the land) granting any minister of the gospel the privilege of solemnizing the rights of Matrimony and after calling for objection, if any there were against the anticipated alliance between and and waiting sufficient time, I observed that all forever after this must hold their peace. I then invited them to join hands, and I pronounced the ceremony according to the rules and regulations of the church of the Lat[HC 2:377]ter Day Saints in the name of God, and in the name of Jesus Christ I pronounced upon them the blessings of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, and such other blessings as the Lord put into my heart, and being much under the influence of a cold I then gave way and arose and delivered a very forcible address suited to the occasion, and closed the services of the evening by prayer. Elders , and , then presented the presidency with three servers of Glasses filled with wine, to bless, and it fell to my lot to attend to this duty, which I cheerfully discharged. It was then passed round in order: then the cake in the same order, and suffice it to say our hearts were made glad while partaking of the bounty of earth which was presented, until we had taken our fill; and joy filled every bosom, and the countenances of old and young, seemed to bloom alike with cheerfulness and smiles of youth, and an entire unison of feeling seemed to pervade the congregation, and indeed I doubt whether the pages of history can boast of a more splendid and innocent wedding and feast than this, for it was conducted after the order of heaven, who has a time for all things, and this being a time of rejoicing we heartily embraced it, and conducted ourselves accordingly. Took leave of the company and returned home.
21 January 1836 • Thursday
21. John W. Olived Thursday 21st. This morning a Minister from , by the name of John W. Olived called at my house and enquired of if “the prophet lives here.” He replied he did not understand him. Mr Olived asked the same question again and again, and received the same answer. He finally asked “does Mr Smith live here? replied O, Yes Sir. I understand you now. then stepped into my room and informed me that a gentleman had called to see me. I went into the room where he was, and the first question he asked me, after passing a compliment, [HC 2:378] was “How many members have you in your church?” I replied that we had between fifteen hundred and two thousand in this branch. He then asked, “Wherein do you differ from other christian denominations?” I replied, we beleive the bible and they do not: however he affirmed that he believed the Bible. I told him then to be baptized. He replied that he did not realize it [p. 694]
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