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

  • Source Note
  • Historical Introduction
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Lord, for the mutual benefit of the council. “Also it was agreed <April 2.> by the council, that and exert themselves in divising ways and means with the sctock [stock] on hand, the available outstanding claims, of the council <company>, and such other means as they may deem most proper, to discharge the company’s debts. It was also agreed that, , and have 500 Books of Doctrine and Covenants, when bound and 500 hymn books, together with the subscription list for the “Messenger and Advocate,” and “Northern Times” now due in , Mo. And that Messers and , be released from the responsibility of all claims on them or either of them, as joint partners in the Council <Firm>,” , clerk.”
As soon as the above plans were settled, I started with on our mission, and our success was such in one half day as to give us pleasing anticipations, that we were doing the will of God, and assurance that his work prospered in our hands.
3 April 1836 • Sunday
<Sunday 3> Sunday 3d. Attended meeting in the and assisted the other presidents of the church in seating the congregation, and then became an attentive listener to the preaching from the stand. and spoke in the forenoon to an attentive [HC 2:434] audience of about 1000 persons. In the afternoon I assisted the other Presidents in distributing the elements of the Lord’s supper to the Church, receiving them from the Twelve, whose privilege it was to officiate in the sacred desk this day. After having performed this service to my brithren, I retired to the pulpit, the vails being dropped, and bowed myself, with in solemn prayer, but silently, to the Most High. After rising from prayer the following vision was opened to both of us.
<x> The vail was taken from our minds, and the eyes of our understanding were opened; we saw the Lord standing upon the breast work of the pulpit. before us, and under his feet was a paved work of pure gold, in color like amber. His eyes were as a flame of fire; the hair of his head was <white> like the pure snow his countenance shone above the brightness of the sun, and his voice was as the sound of the rushing of great waters, even the voice of Jehovah, Saying. I am the first and the last. I am he who liveth, I am he who was slain, I am your advocate with the Father. Behold your sins are forgiven you. You are clean before me, therefore lift up your heads and rejoice, let the hearts of your brethren rejoice,— and let the hearts of all my people rejoice. who have with their might, built this to my name. For behold I have accepted this , and my name shall be here; and I will manifest myself to my people, in mercy, in this , yea I will appear unto my servants, and speak unto them with mine own voice, if my people will keep my commandments, and do not pollute this , yea the [p. 727]
Lord, for the mutual benefit of the council. “Also it was agreed April 2. by the council, that and exert themselves in divising ways and means with the sctock stock on hand, the available outstanding claims, of the company, and such other means as they may deem most proper, to discharge the company’s debts. It was also agreed that, , and have 500 Books of Doctrine and Covenants, when bound and 500 hymn books, together with the subscription list for the “Messenger and Advocate,” and “Northern Times” now due in , Mo. And that Messers and , be released from the responsibility of all claims on them or either of them, as joint partners in the Firm,” , clerk.”
As soon as the above plans were settled, I started with on our mission, and our success was such in one half day as to give us pleasing anticipations, that we were doing the will of God, and assurance that his work prospered in our hands.
3 April 1836 • Sunday
Sunday 3 Sunday 3d. Attended meeting in the and assisted the other presidents of the church in seating the congregation, and then became an attentive listener to the preaching from the stand. and spoke in the forenoon to an attentive [HC 2:434] audience of about 1000 persons. In the afternoon I assisted the other Presidents in distributing the elements of the Lord’s supper to the Church, receiving them from the Twelve, whose privilege it was to officiate in the sacred desk this day. After having performed this service to my brithren, I retired to the pulpit, the vails being dropped, and bowed myself, with in solemn prayer, but silently, to the Most High. After rising from prayer the following vision was opened to both of us.
x The vail was taken from our minds, and the eyes of our understanding were opened; we saw the Lord standing upon the breast work of the pulpit. before us, and under his feet was a paved work of pure gold, in color like amber. His eyes were as a flame of fire; the hair of his head was white like the pure snow his countenance shone above the brightness of the sun, and his voice was as the sound of the rushing of great waters, even the voice of Jehovah, Saying. I am the first and the last. I am he who liveth, I am he who was slain, I am your advocate with the Father. Behold your sins are forgiven you. You are clean before me, therefore lift up your heads and rejoice, let the hearts of your brethren rejoice,— and let the hearts of all my people rejoice. who have with their might, built this to my name. For behold I have accepted this , and my name shall be here; and I will manifest myself to my people, in mercy, in this , yea I will appear unto my servants, and speak unto them with mine own voice, if my people will keep my commandments, and do not pollute this , yea the [p. 727]
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