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

  • Source Note
  • Historical Introduction
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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 regula tions of the church of the Latter 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 under stand 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, 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 Latter 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, 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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