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

  • Source Note
  • Historical Introduction
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5–6 August 1837 • Saturday–Sunday
<Sat August 5th.> The elders at Bedford, continued to Lecture in the basement of Mr [Timothy R.] Matthews chapel from  evening to evening until this evening with the most flattering prospects, until this  evening, when Elder [John] Goodson, contrary to the most positive instructions of . and without advising with any one, read publicly the vision from  the Doctrine and Covenants, which turned the current of feeling generally. and  nearly closed the door in all that region.— Mr Matthews wished the meetings  to be removed from his house, but continued to attend the meetings occasionally  and investigated the subject to considerable extent. In the August number  of the Messenger and Advocate was published a prospectus for a new paper to  <Elder’s Journal> be published at , Ohio, called the “Elder’s Journal,” of the church of Latter  Day Saints, to commence in October. Edited by Joseph Smith Jun; Elders  and and having continued their labors in Preston,  <Sunday 6> preached to a great multitude in the market place, Sunday the 6th. of August.  opposed by one Reverend (sectarian Priest) gentleman, who was quickly confound ed by the Spirit of truth; and in the evening they met at the house of Sister  Ann Dawson, and confirmed between forty and fifty who had been baptized,  most of whom had been members of Mr James Fieldings church; So mighty  grew the word this being only the third Sabbath in Preston, Mr Fielding per secuted and called the elders thieves, sheep-stealers &c; acknowledging them  good judges. having stolen all the best of his flock. Sister Dawson, (a widow)  kindly received the elders into her house and lodged them, which was a  great blessing to the brethren, as they were quite destitute, most of the people  extremely poor, & lodgings scarce: while they went from house to house as in vited, to procure their daily meals.—
12–13 August 1837 • Saturday–Sunday
<Saturday 12.> having received a letter from Mr [John] Richards, inviting him to preach  <Sunday 13> in his chapel, repaired to Walkerfold, where he was most hospitably re ceived, and the day following, preached three times in Mr Richards pulpit.
<10> Elders [John] Goodson and baptized five at Bedford among whom, and the  first, was Mrs Ann Broddock,— a widow, who was obliged to support her  family by her industry, yet she received the elders and lodged them.
14–17 August 1837 • Monday–Thursday
<Tuesday, 15.> <The Quorum of High Priests organized at Missouri this day.> Richard <Thimothy> R. Matthews, having investigated the work, acknowledged the  truth, and having previously borne testimony of the same to his church  in public, and urged them to go forward, agreed with [John] Goodson and   to meet them on the bank of the River Ouse, one hour before  sunset and be baptized, The hour and the elders arrived, but Mr Matthews  was not there, he had gone and out in the country to preach.  preached on monday and Wednesday evening and in Mr [John] Richards chapel <at Walkerfold>  <17> and on thursday baptized six individuals. Mr Matthews baptized  <T. R. Matthews  Baptized himself> himself in the river and then went to baptizing his people, denouncing the  elders as false teachers, and the doctrine of the latter day saints as having  come from hell, while he went to preaching the same doctrine. baptizing  all, even infants, and laid on hands for confirmation.
20 August 1837 • Sunday
<Sunday 20> was ordained President of the high-priesthood <high-priests quorum> in ,  and Harv[e]y Green President of the Elders in August 20th.  <Fox Island  mission.> Also the same day Elders and landed  at Vinalhaven, on North Fox Island, and commenced preaching, the Gospel.
August 1837
In the August number of the Advocate, I published the following
<Caution> CAUTION. To the brethren and friends of the church of Latter Day saints [p. 769]
5–6 August 1837 • Saturday–Sunday
Sat August 5th. The elders at Bedford, continued to Lecture in the basement of Mr Timothy R. Matthews chapel from evening to evening with the most flattering prospects, until this evening, when Elder John Goodson, contrary to the most positive instructions of . and without advising with any one, read publicly the vision from the Doctrine and Covenants, which turned the current of feeling generally. and nearly closed the door in all that region.— Mr Matthews wished the meetings to be removed from his house, but continued to attend the meetings occasionally and investigated the subject to considerable extent. In the August number of the Messenger and Advocate was published a prospectus for a new paper to Elder’s Journal be published at , Ohio, called the “Elder’s Journal,” of the church of Latter Day Saints, to commence in October. Edited by Joseph Smith Jun; Elders and and having continued their labors in Preston, Sunday 6 preached to a great multitude in the market place, Sunday the 6th. of August. opposed by one Reverend (sectarian Priest) gentleman, who was quickly confounded by the Spirit of truth; and in the evening they met at the house of Sister Ann Dawson, and confirmed between forty and fifty who had been baptized, most of whom had been members of Mr James Fieldings church; So mighty grew the word this being only the third Sabbath in Preston, Mr Fielding persecuted and called the elders thieves, sheep-stealers &c; acknowledging them good judges. having stolen all the best of his flock. Sister Dawson, (a widow) kindly received the elders into her house and lodged them, which was a great blessing to the brethren, as they were quite destitute, most of the people extremely poor, & lodgings scarce: while they went from house to house as invited, to procure their daily meals.—
12–13 August 1837 • Saturday–Sunday
Saturday 12. having received a letter from Mr John Richards, inviting him to preach Sunday 13 in his chapel, repaired to Walkerfold, where he was most hospitably received, and the day following, preached three times in Mr Richards pulpit.
10 Elders John Goodson and baptized five at Bedford among whom, and the first, was Mrs Ann Broddock,— a widow, who was obliged to support her family by her industry, yet she received the elders and lodged them.
14–17 August 1837 • Monday–Thursday
Tuesday, 15. The Quorum of High Priests organized at Missouri this day. Thimothy R. Matthews, having investigated the work, acknowledged the truth, and having previously borne testimony of the same to his church in public, and urged them to go forward, agreed with John Goodson and to meet them on the bank of the River Ouse, one hour before sunset and be baptized, The hour and the elders arrived, but Mr Matthews was not there, he had gone out in the country to preach. preached on monday and Wednesday evening in Mr John Richards chapel at Walkerfold 17 and on thursday baptized six individuals. Mr Matthews baptized T. R. Matthews Baptized himself himself in the river and then went to baptizing his people, denouncing the elders as false teachers, and the doctrine of the latter day saints as having come from hell, while he went to preaching the same doctrine. baptizing all, even infants, and laid on hands for confirmation.
20 August 1837 • Sunday
Sunday 20 was ordained President of the high-priests quorum in , and Harvey Green President of the Elders in August 20th. Fox Island mission. Also the same day Elders and landed at Vinalhaven, on North Fox Island, and commenced preaching, the Gospel.
August 1837
In the August number of the Advocate, I published the following
Caution CAUTION. To the brethren and friends of the church of Latter Day saints [p. 769]
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