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

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thus was compelled to return without accomplishing his this object of his  Mission, while succeeded, in at a great expence, in procuring the  plates, and bringing them to .

1 December 1836 • Thursday

<December. 1> Forty four elder’s Licences were recorded in the Licence Records, at during the  quarter ending December 1st. also five priests’ and one Teacher’s Licence By .

December 1836

The saints having gathered in considerable numbers, and still gathering on  , (Mo.) petitioned for an act of Incorporation, <for a new county> which was granted  about the middle of December, under the name of , from  which time a fresh impetus was given to the gathering, and the county grew like  Jonah’s Gourd, <here insert minutes of Conference on page 754>

31 December 1836 • Saturday

<31    Baptized> On the 31st of December, at the setting of the sun, Doct was baptized  at under the hands of President . was born  at Hopkinton, Mass, <Massachusetts> June 24th. 1804, and from the religious teachings of his parents, (Joseph  and Rhoda Richards,) he was the subject of religious impressions from his earliest moments  although careless and indifferent in his external deportment. At the age of 10 years, he  removed with his fathers family to Richmond, in the same state, where he witnessed  several sectarian “revivals,” and offered himself to the congregational church in that  place, at the age of 17, having <previously> passed through the painful ordeal of conviction and conver sion according to that order, even to the belief that he had committed the unpardon able Sin; but the total disregard of that church to his request for admission, led  him to a more thorough investigation of the principles of religion, when he became  convinced that the Sects were “all” wrong. and that God had no church on earth,  and from that time kept himself aloof from Sectarian influence, boldly declaring  his belief to all who wished to learn his views; until the summer of 1835, while  in the practice of Medicine, near , the Book of Mormon accidentally or prov identially fell in his way. which was the first he had seen or heard of the Latter  Day Saints except the Lying reports of the public prints. He opened the book without  regard to place, and totally ignorant of its design or Contents, and before reading  half a page declared that “God or the Devil had had a hand in that Book, for  man never wrote it:” read it twice through in about 10 days, and so firm was  his conviction of the truth that he immediately commenced setling his accounts,  selling his medicine, and freeing himself from every incumbrance, that he  might go to , and give the work a thorough investigation, firmly beleiving  that if the doctrine was true God had some greater work for him to do, than peddle  pills; but no sooner did he commence a settlement, than he was smitten with the  palsey, from which he suffered exceedingly, and was prevented executing his design  until October 1836, when he arrived at , in company with his Brother,  (Doct . who attended him as physician) where he was cordially and hospitably  received by his cousin, President , and with whom he tarried and  gave the work an unceasing and untiring investigation until the day of his  Baptism.
1837

2 January 1837 • Monday

<x  January 2d.  Meeting of the   Safety  Society.> Minutes of a meeting of the members of the “ Saf[e]ty Society” held  on the 2n.d day of January 1837. At a special meeting of the  Safety Society, two thirds of the members <being> present, was called to the Chair,  and chosen Secretary. The house was called to order, and the object  of the meeting explained by the chairman; which was: 1st. to annul the old [p. 751]
thus was compelled to return without accomplishing this object of his Mission, while succeeded, at a great expence, in procuring the plates, and bringing them to .

1 December 1836 • Thursday

December. 1 Forty four elder’s Licences were recorded in the Licence Records, at during the quarter ending December 1st. also five priests’ and one Teacher’s Licence By .

December 1836

The saints having gathered in considerable numbers, and still gathering on , (Mo.) petitioned for an act of Incorporation, for a new county which was granted about the middle of December, under the name of , from which time a fresh impetus was given to the gathering, and the county grew like Jonah’s Gourd, here insert minutes of Conference on page 754

31 December 1836 • Saturday

31 Baptized On the 31st of December, at the setting of the sun, Doct was baptized at under the hands of President . was born at Hopkinton, , Massachusetts June 24th. 1804, and from the religious teachings of his parents, (Joseph and Rhoda Richards,) he was the subject of religious impressions from his earliest moments although careless and indifferent in his external deportment. At the age of 10 years, he removed with his fathers family to Richmond, in the same state, where he witnessed several sectarian “revivals,” and offered himself to the congregational church in that place, at the age of 17, having previously passed through the painful ordeal of conviction and conversion according to that order, even to the belief that he had committed the unpardonable Sin; but the total disregard of that church to his request for admission, led him to a more thorough investigation of the principles of religion, when he became convinced that the Sects were “all” wrong. and that God had no church on earth, and from that time kept himself aloof from Sectarian influence, boldly declaring his belief to all who wished to learn his views; until the summer of 1835, while in the practice of Medicine, near , the Book of Mormon accidentally or providentially fell in his way. which was the first he had seen or heard of the Latter Day Saints except the Lying reports of the public prints. He opened the book without regard to place, and totally ignorant of its design or Contents, and before reading half a page declared that “God or the Devil had had a hand in that Book, for man never wrote it:” read it twice through in about 10 days, and so firm was his conviction of the truth that he immediately commenced setling his accounts, selling his medicine, and freeing himself from every incumbrance, that he might go to , and give the work a thorough investigation, firmly beleiving that if the doctrine was true God had some greater work for him to do, than peddle pills; but no sooner did he commence a settlement, than he was smitten with the palsey, from which he suffered exceedingly, and was prevented executing his design until October 1836, when he arrived at , in company with his Brother, (Doct . who attended him as physician) where he was cordially and hospitably received by his cousin, President , and with whom he tarried and gave the work an unceasing and untiring investigation until the day of his Baptism.
1837

2 January 1837 • Monday

x January 2d. Meeting of the Safety Society. Minutes of a meeting of the members of the “ Safety Society” held on the 2n.d day of January 1837. At a special meeting of the Safety Society, two thirds of the members being present, was called to the Chair, and chosen Secretary. The house was called to order, and the object of the meeting explained by the chairman; which was: 1st. to annul the old [p. 751]
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