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

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influencing her mind if possible, to believe his power was sufficient to make <April 28 Trial Continued> her forever miserable, provided she complied not with his request, &c. Accordingly they came to an agreement and were soon to be married; but fortunately or unfortunately for both parties, previous to the arrival of the nuptial day, Behold!! to the astonishment of our defendant, the husband of arrived at home and consequently, disannulled the preceding contract. The old gentleman, , at this time, (if not before,) knew very well, that his God who gave these Revelations, (if revelations he had,) must, of course, be no less than the devil; and, in order to palliate the <in>justice of his crime, saddled the whole burden upon the devil, that in scourging the person who had previously befriended him, and counselled him in his former days, peradventure he might extricate himself from the snare of his own setting and dictation. But, alas, it was too late for the old man. The testimony being closed, the sword of justice began to be unsheathed, which fell upon the defendant like a scourge of ten thousand lashes, wielded by the hands of and , inspired by the Spirit of Justice, accompanied by a flow of eloquence which searched for the feelings like the Sting of so many scorpions, which served to atone for past iniquity. There were no feelings that were not felt after; there were no sores that were not probed; there were no excuses rendered that were not exceptionable, When justice ceased to speak, mercy advanced to the rescue, which inspired the heart of President Smith and ; who with profound eloquence, with a deep and sublime thought, and clemency of feeling; spoke in favor of the defendant: but, in length of time, while mercy appear’d to be doing her utmost in contending against Justice, the latter gained the ascendency, and took full possession of the mind of the Speaker, who levelled a volley of darts, which came upon the old man, like a hurricane upon the Mountain tops, which seemingly was about to hurl the old man beyond the reach of mercy, but mercy still claimed her the victim, and saved him in the church. Happy is it for those whose sin, (like this mans) go before them to jud[g]ment, that they may repent, and be saved in the kingdom of God. Council decided, that, inasmuch as this man had confessed his sins, and asked forgiveness, and promised to mark well the paths of his feet, and do (inasmuch as lay in his power) what God should require at his hands, th he should give up his licence as high Priest, and stand as a member in the church; and this, in consequence of his being considered incapable of magnifying that office, &c.
29 April 1838 • Sunday
<Sunday 29.> Sunday 29th. I spent mostly, in meeting, with the saints, administering the words of life.
30 April 1838 • Monday
<Monday 30th> Monday 30th The first presidency were engaged in writing church history,— and in recitation of grammar lessons, which recitations at this period, was usually atten[d]ed each morning before writing.
1–4 May 1838 • Tuesday–Friday
<x May 1, 2, 3, 4.> May 1st. 2d. 3d. 4th. The First Presidency were engaged in writing church History, with administering to the sick on the 3d. and receiving a letter from on the 4th. [HC 3:26]
5 May 1838 • Saturday
<Saturday 5.> Saturday the 5the. The Presidency wrote for the Elders Journal, also received inteligence from , by brother Bailey, who that 200 waggons with families would probably be here in three weeks. Also attended an address, delivered by , (Federal candidate for Congress,) on political Matters. [p. 793]
influencing her mind if possible, to believe his power was sufficient to make April 28 Trial Continued her forever miserable, provided she complied not with his request, &c. Accordingly they came to an agreement and were soon to be married; but fortunately or unfortunately for both parties, previous to the arrival of the nuptial day, Behold!! to the astonishment of our defendant, the husband of arrived at home and consequently, disannulled the preceding contract. The old gentleman, , at this time, (if not before,) knew very well, that his God who gave these Revelations, (if revelations he had,) must, of course, be no less than the devil; and, in order to palliate the injustice of his crime, saddled the whole burden upon the devil, that in scourging the person who had previously befriended him, and counselled him in his former days, peradventure he might extricate himself from the snare of his own setting and dictation. But, alas, it was too late for the old man. The testimony being closed, the sword of justice began to be unsheathed, which fell upon the defendant like a scourge of ten thousand lashes, wielded by the hands of and , inspired by the Spirit of Justice, accompanied by a flow of eloquence which searched for the feelings like the Sting of so many scorpions, which served to atone for past iniquity. There were no feelings that were not felt after; there were no sores that were not probed; there were no excuses rendered that were not exceptionable, When justice ceased to speak, mercy advanced to the rescue, which inspired the heart of President Smith and ; who with profound eloquence, with a deep and sublime thought, and clemency of feeling; spoke in favor of the defendant: but, in length of time, while mercy appear’d to be doing her utmost in contending against Justice, the latter gained the ascendency, and took full possession of the mind of the Speaker, who levelled a volley of darts, which came upon the old man, like a hurricane upon the Mountain tops, which seemingly was about to hurl the old man beyond the reach of mercy, but mercy still claimed the victim, and saved him in the church. Happy is it for those whose sin, (like this mans) go before them to judgment, that they may repent, and be saved in the kingdom of God. Council decided, that, inasmuch as this man had confessed his sins, and asked forgiveness, and promised to mark well the paths of his feet, and do (inasmuch as lay in his power) what God should require at his hands, he should give up his licence as high Priest, and stand as a member in the church; and this, in consequence of his being considered incapable of magnifying that office, &c.
29 April 1838 • Sunday
Sunday 29. Sunday 29th. I spent mostly, in meeting, with the saints, administering the words of life.
30 April 1838 • Monday
Monday 30th Monday 30th The first presidency were engaged in writing church history,— and in recitation of grammar lessons, which recitations at this period, was usually attended each morning before writing.
1–4 May 1838 • Tuesday–Friday
x May 1, 2, 3, 4. May 1st. 2d. 3d. 4th. The First Presidency were engaged in writing church History, with administering to the sick on the 3d. and receiving a letter from on the 4th. [HC 3:26]
5 May 1838 • Saturday
Saturday 5. Saturday the 5th. The Presidency wrote for the Elders Journal, also received inteligence from , by brother Bailey, that 200 waggons with families would probably be here in three weeks. Also attended an address, delivered by , (Federal candidate for Congress,) on political Matters. [p. 793]
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