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

  • Source Note
  • Historical Introduction
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Say to that I remember her, also bro Daniel Carter, Bro Strong  <March 29.  Joseph’s  Letter Continued.>and family, and family: Finally I cannot enumerate them all  for want of room. I will just name the Bishop &c. My best  respects to them all, and I commend them and the church of God in  , to our Heavenly Father, and the word of his grace, which is able  to make you wise unto salvation. I would just say to  that I saw in a vision while on the road, that whereas he was closely  pursued by an innumerable concourse of enemies, and as they pressed  upon him hard. as if they were about to devour him, and had seeming ly obtained some degree of advantage over him; but about this time  a chariot of fire came, and near the place, and the angel of the  Lord put forth his hand unto , and said unto him, “Thou  art my son come here,” and immediately he was caught up in the  chariot and rode away triumphantly out of their midst. And  again the Lord said I will raise thee up for a blessing unto many  people. Now the particulars of this whole matter cannot be written at  this time, but the vision was evidently given to me that I might  know that the hand of the Lord would be on his behalf. J. Smith Jun.
I transmit to you the Motto of the Church &c (as recorded on page 784). We  left 30 miles this side of , Illinois, in consequence  of the sickness of Bro ’s wife. On yesterday  arrived here, who informed us that his father-in-Law, () was  at , detained on account of the ill health of his wife. They  will probably be here soon. Choice seeds of all kinds of fruit; also choice  Breed of Cattle would be in much demand, also and best blood of  horses, garden seeds of every description, and hay seeds of all sorts,  are much needed in this place. Very respectfully, I subscribe  myself your servant in Christ, our Lord and Savior. Joseph Smith Jun
President of the Church of Jesus Christ, of Latter Day Saints”

1 April 1838 • Sunday

<April 1.  General Con ference, Engd.> The work continued to prosper in England, and Elders  and Russel [Isaac Russell] having previously been called to Preston to prepare for  , a General Conference was held in the Temperance Hall  (cock-pit) Preston, on Sunday April 1st. for the purpose of setting  in order the churches, &c. Brother was chosen President  over the whole church in England, and , and   were chosen his counsellors, and who were ordained to  the presidency and High Priesthood. This was the first notice had given him, that he should continue in England. At  this conference eight elders were ordained, (among whom was  Thomas Webster,) and several Priests Teachers an[d] Deacons. About  forty were confirmed who had previously been baptized; about  sixty children were blessed; and twenty baptized that day. Con ference continued without intermission from 9 A.M. to 5. P.M.— and  in the evening Elders and , preached their farewell  to an overwhelming congregation, flooded with tears about 50 official members <met in council in the evening.>

4 April 1838 • Wednesday

<4> arrived at , with his family Wednesday April 4th  having had a tedious journey, and his family having suffered many  afflictions. [p. 786]
Say to that I remember her, also bro Daniel Carter, Bro Strong March 29. Joseph’s Letter Continued.and family, and family: Finally I cannot enumerate them all for want of room. I will just name the Bishop &c. My best respects to them all, and I commend them and the church of God in , to our Heavenly Father, and the word of his grace, which is able to make you wise unto salvation. I would just say to that I saw in a vision while on the road, that whereas he was closely pursued by an innumerable concourse of enemies, and as they pressed upon him hard. as if they were about to devour him, and had seemingly obtained some degree of advantage over him; but about this time a chariot of fire came, and near the place, and the angel of the Lord put forth his hand unto , and said unto him, “Thou art my son come here,” and immediately he was caught up in the chariot and rode away triumphantly out of their midst. And again the Lord said I will raise thee up for a blessing unto many people. Now the particulars of this whole matter cannot be written at this time, but the vision was evidently given to me that I might know that the hand of the Lord would be on his behalf. J. Smith Jun.
I transmit to you the Motto of the Church &c (as recorded on page 784). We left 30 miles this side of , Illinois, in consequence of the sickness of Bro ’s wife. On yesterday arrived here, who informed us that his father-in-Law, () was at , detained on account of the ill health of his wife. They will probably be here soon. Choice seeds of all kinds of fruit; also choice Breed of Cattle would be in much demand, and best blood of horses, garden seeds of every description, and hay seeds of all sorts, are much needed in this place. Very respectfully, I subscribe myself your servant in Christ, our Lord and Savior. Joseph Smith Jun
President of the Church of Jesus Christ, of Latter Day Saints”

1 April 1838 • Sunday

April 1. General Conference, Engd. The work continued to prosper in England, and Elders and Russel Isaac Russell having previously been called to Preston to prepare for , a General Conference was held in the Temperance Hall (cock-pit) Preston, on Sunday April 1st. for the purpose of setting in order the churches, &c. Brother was chosen President over the whole church in England, and , and were chosen his counsellors, and were ordained to the presidency and High Priesthood. This was the first notice had given him, that he should continue in England. At this conference eight elders were ordained, (among whom was Thomas Webster,) and several Priests Teachers and Deacons. About forty were confirmed who had previously been baptized; about sixty children were blessed; and twenty baptized that day. Conference continued without intermission from 9 A.M. to 5. P.M.— about 50 official members met in council in the evening.

4 April 1838 • Wednesday

4 arrived at , with his family Wednesday April 4th having had a tedious journey, and his family having suffered many afflictions. [p. 786]
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