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

  • Source Note
  • Historical Introduction
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of the earth. A day of wrath! A day of burning! A day of desolation! Of  <July 23.> weeping! Of mourning and of lamentation! And as a whirlwind it shall  come upon all the face of the earth saith the Lord. And upon my  house shall it begin, and from my house shall it go forth saith the  Lord. First among those among you saith the Lord, who have professed  to know my name and have not known me, and have blasphemed aga inst me in the midst of my house saith the Lord.
Therefore see to it that you trouble not yourselves concerning the  affairs of my church in this place saith the Lord, but purify your  hearts before me, and then go ye into all the world and preach my  gospel unto every creature, who have not received it, and he that  beleiveth and is baptized shall be saved, and he that beleiveth not  and is not baptized shall be damned. For unto you (the Twelve) and  those (the first presidency) who are appointed with with you, to be your counsellors,  and your leaders, is the power of this priesthood given for the last days and for  the last time, in the which is the dispensation of the fulness of times; which  power you hold in connection with all those who have received a dis pensation at any time from the beginning of the creation, for verily I  say unto you, the keys of the dispensation which ye have received have  come down from the fathers; and last of all being sent down from  heaven unto you. Verily I say unto you behold how great is your  calling. Cleanse your hearts and your garments, lest the blood  of this generation be required at your hands. Be faithful until I  come, for I come quickly and my reward is with me to recompence  every man according as his work shall be, I am Alpha and Omega. Amen.

25 July 1837 • Tuesday

<25> , of Holliston, Mass, having heard of the saints through Elders   and , came to to investigate and was Baptized on the 25.th July, <by President >

26 July 1837 • Wednesday

<Wednesday 26> preached on the evening in Mr [James] Fieldings chapel at and  bore testimony. Much feeling was manifested by the congregation, and  many were convinced of the truth: but Mr Fielding fearing for the loss  of his society, more than the displeasure of heaven closed his doors against  the brethren from that time, and opposed the work with all his power.  Invitations were given to the elders to preach in private h[o]uses in dif ferent parts of Preston, which were improved, daily, after the close of the factories.

27 July 1837 • Thursday

<27  Joseph left   for  > Thursday July 27th. I started from , in company with Elders and  , for the purpose of visiting the saints in . , on his return  home: Elder , on a mission to the eastern cities, started with us. When we  arrived at <(p 4 5 Addenda note S> and others of our enemies entered various com plaints, and instituted several malicious suits against me, and from  <Addition to  be made here> which we suceeded in extricating ourselves in a short time, and retiring to  , went on our way in a day or two, and soon found ourselvelvess  among the brethren in .

30 July 1837 • Sunday

<Sunday— 30> About day break, Sunday, July 30th,  Elder Russel, (who had been appointed to preach on the Obelisk in Preston  market place that day,) who slept in the second story of their Lod[g]ings in  Wilfred St, went up to the third loft where Elders’ and were  sleeping, and called upon them to pray for him, that he might be delivered  from the evil spirits that were tormenting him to such a degree that he  felt he could not live long unless he obtained relief. They immediately [p. 767]
of the earth. A day of wrath! A day of burning! A day of desolation! Of July 23. weeping! Of mourning and of lamentation! And as a whirlwind it shall come upon all the face of the earth saith the Lord. And upon my house shall it begin, and from my house shall it go forth saith the Lord. First among those among you saith the Lord, who have professed to know my name and have not known me, and have blasphemed against me in the midst of my house saith the Lord.
Therefore see to it that you trouble not yourselves concerning the affairs of my church in this place saith the Lord, but purify your hearts before me, and then go ye into all the world and preach my gospel unto every creature, who have not received it, and he that beleiveth and is baptized shall be saved, and he that beleiveth not and is not baptized shall be damned. For unto you (the Twelve) and those (the first presidency) who are appointed with you, to be your counsellors, and your leaders, is the power of this priesthood given for the last days and for the last time, in the which is the dispensation of the fulness of times; which power you hold in connection with all those who have received a dispensation at any time from the beginning of the creation, for verily I say unto you, the keys of the dispensation which ye have received have come down from the fathers; and last of all being sent down from heaven unto you. Verily I say unto you behold how great is your calling. Cleanse your hearts and your garments, lest the blood of this generation be required at your hands. Be faithful until I come, for I come quickly and my reward is with me to recompence every man according as his work shall be, I am Alpha and Omega. Amen.

25 July 1837 • Tuesday

25 , of Holliston, Mass, having heard of the saints through Elders and , came to to investigate and was Baptized on the 25.th July, by President

26 July 1837 • Wednesday

Wednesday 26 preached on the evening in Mr [James] Fieldings chapel and bore testimony. Much feeling was manifested by the congregation, and many were convinced of the truth: but Mr Fielding fearing for the loss of his society, more than the displeasure of heaven closed his doors against the brethren from that time, and opposed the work with all his power. Invitations were given to the elders to preach in private houses in different parts of Preston, which were improved, daily, after the close of the factories.

27 July 1837 • Thursday

27 Joseph left for Thursday July 27th. I started from , in company with Elders and , for the purpose of visiting the saints in . , on his return home: Elder , on a mission to the eastern cities, started with us. When we arrived at (p 5 Addenda note S Addition to be made here .

30 July 1837 • Sunday

Sunday— 30 About day break, Sunday, July 30th, Elder Russel, (who had been appointed to preach on the Obelisk in Preston market place that day,) who slept in the second story of their Lodgings in Wilfred St, went up to the third loft where Elders’ and were sleeping, and called upon them to pray for him, that he might be delivered from the evil spirits that were tormenting him to such a degree that he felt he could not live long unless he obtained relief. They immediately [p. 767]
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