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

  • Source Note
  • Historical Introduction
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June 1837
<June 1st.> At this time <a> spirit of Speculation, in lands and property of all kinds, which was so prevalent throughout the whole nation, was taking deep root in the church, as the fruits of this spirit, evil surmisings, fault finding, disunion, dissention and apostacy followed in quick succession, and it seemed as though all the powers of earth and hell were combining their influence in an especial manner to overthrow the church at once, and make a final end. Other banking [HC 2:487] institutions refused the “ Safety Society’s Notes; The enemy abroad and apostates in our midsts united in their schemes; flour and provisions were turned toward other markets; and many became disaffected toward me as though I were the sole cause of those very evils I was most strenuously striving against; and which were actually brought upon us, by the brethren not giving heed to my council. No quorum in the church was entirely exempt from the influence of those false spirits, who were striving against me, for the Mastery; even some of the Twelve were so far lost to their high and responsible calling, as to begin to take sides, secretly with the enemy. [HC 2:488] In this state of things, and but a few weeks before the Twelve were expecting to meet in full quorum, (some of them having been absent for some time,) God revealed to me that something new must < ordained to go to England, & .> be done for the salvation of his church, and on or about the first of June 1837. , one of the Twelve, was, set apart by the spirit of prophecy and <Revelation>, Prayer and the laying on of the hands of the First Presidency, to preside over a mission to England, to be the first foreign mission of the Church of <Jesus> Christ <of latter Day Saints in> in the last days. While we were about ordaining him. [HC 2:489] another of the Twelve came in, and upon listening to what was passing, his heart melted within him, (for he had began to drink of the cup filled with the overflowing of speculation,) and he acknowledged all his faults, asked forgiveness, and offered to accompany on his mission to England. His offer was accepted and he was set apart for that purpose
3 June 1837 • Saturday
<3 Licences Recorded> Thirty five Elder’s, three priest’s, Two Teacher’s, and two Deacons Licences were recorded in the Licence Records in during the quarter ending June 3d., by
10 June 1837 • Saturday
<10 Conference> On the 10th of June, 1837, a conference of the church [HC 2:490] was held at Portland, District of Johnstown, Upper Canada, At which Elder presided. There were present 13 elders, 5 priests, 8 teachers and 6 deacons; And there were 7 elders, 9 priests, 11 teachers and 5 deacons ordained, and West Bastord, Bedford, Bathurst, North Bathurst, East Bastord, Williamsburg<h>, Leeds and South Crosby branches were represented, at the conference comprising 3oo Members in Good standing, and five baptized at conferences. total 305, being the fruits of the labors of and in the last thirteen months.
11 June 1837 • Sunday
<11. High Council at > At a meeting of the High council, at the committee Store, , June 11, 1837 and presiding. Resolved by the council and all present that the building committee be upheld in the mercantile business by our prayers; That , and be upheld in a leather store; That , and engage in the Mercantile business if they choose; That the right of no man shall be infringed upon to do as he choose; according to the law of God or man; And that the above named man men shall be upheld in purchasing goods as other men. It was reported that certain individuals, not of the church, [p. 761]
June 1837
June 1st. At this time a spirit of Speculation, in lands and property of all kinds, which was so prevalent throughout the whole nation, was taking deep root in the church, as the fruits of this spirit, evil surmisings, fault finding, disunion, dissention and apostacy followed in quick succession, and it seemed as though all the powers of earth and hell were combining their influence in an especial manner to overthrow the church at once, and make a final end. Other banking [HC 2:487] institutions refused the “ Safety Society’s Notes; The enemy abroad and apostates in our midsts united in their schemes; flour and provisions were turned toward other markets; and many became disaffected toward me as though I were the sole cause of those very evils I was most strenuously striving against; and which were actually brought upon us, by the brethren not giving heed to my council. No quorum in the church was entirely exempt from the influence of those false spirits, who were striving against me, for the Mastery; even some of the Twelve were so far lost to their high and responsible calling, as to begin to take sides, secretly with the enemy. [HC 2:488] In this state of things, and but a few weeks before the Twelve were expecting to meet in full quorum, (some of them having been absent for some time,) God revealed to me that something new must ordained to go to England, & . be done for the salvation of his church, and on or about the first of June 1837. , one of the Twelve, was, set apart by the spirit of prophecy and Revelation, Prayer and the laying on of the hands of the First Presidency, to preside over a mission to England, to be the first foreign mission of the Church of Christ in the last days. While we were about ordaining him. [HC 2:489] another of the Twelve came in, and upon listening to what was passing, his heart melted within him, (for he had began to drink of the cup filled with the overflowing of speculation,) he acknowledged all his faults, asked forgiveness, and offered to accompany on his mission to England. His offer was accepted and he was set apart for that purpose
3 June 1837 • Saturday
3 Licences Recorded Thirty five Elder’s, three priest’s, Two Teacher’s, and two Deacons Licences were recorded in the Licence Records in during the quarter ending June 3d., by
10 June 1837 • Saturday
10 Conference On the 10th of June, 1837, a conference of the church [HC 2:490] was held at Portland, District of Johnstown, Upper Canada, At which Elder presided. There were present 13 elders, 5 priests, 8 teachers and 6 deacons; And there were 7 elders, 9 priests, 11 teachers and 5 deacons ordained, and West Bastord, Bedford, Bathurst, North Bathurst, East Bastord, Williamsburgh, Leeds and South Crosby branches were represented, at the conference comprising 3oo Members in Good standing, and five baptized at conferences. total 305, being the fruits of the labors of in the last thirteen months.
11 June 1837 • Sunday
11. High Council at At a meeting of the High council, at the committee Store, , June 11, 1837 and presiding. Resolved by the council and all present that the building committee be upheld in the mercantile business by our prayers; That , and be upheld in a leather store; That , and engage in the Mercantile business if they choose; That the right of no man shall be infringed upon to do as he choose; according to the law of God or man; And that the above named men shall be upheld in purchasing goods as other men. It was reported that certain individuals, not of the church, [p. 761]
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