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

  • Source Note
  • Historical Introduction
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6 May 1838 • Sunday

<Sunday May 6  Joseph, Preached> Sunday May 6th I preached to the saints, setting forth the evils that existed  and would exist by reason of hasty Judgment, or decisions upon any subject  given by any people,— or in judging before they had heard both sides of  the question. I also cautioned the saints against men who should come  amongst them whining and growling about their money, because they  had kept the saints, and bore some of the burden with others, and thus  thinking that others (who are still poorer and have borne greater burdens  than themselves) ought to make up their loss, &c;— I cautioned the saints  to beware of such, for they were throwing out foul insinuations, here and  there, to level as it were a dart at the best interest of the church, and if  possible to destroy the character of its Presidency. I also gave some ins tructions in the mysteries of the kingdom of God; such as the his history  of the planets; &c & of Abrahams writings upon the planetary system &c.  In the afternoon I spoke again on different subjects: the principle of  Wisdom: the Word of wisdom, &c. The Teachers quorum at , numbered 24 members

7 May 1838 • Monday

<Monday 7.  .  and arri ved at > Monday 7th. I spent in company with , one of our  neighboring county Judges, and Democratic candidate for the State—  Senate. I also visited with Elder . and  who had this day arrived in : the former from , the  latter from , where he had been preaching for some  time. And our hearts were made glad with the pleasing inteligence  of the gathering of the Saints, from all parts of the earth to this place,  to avoid the destructions which are coming upon this generation  as spoken by all the holy prophets since the world began.
<, died> , son of , aged 14 years 11 months and 7 days  Died this day in the full triumph of the Everlasting Gospel.

8 May 1838 • Tuesday

<Tuesday 8th.> Tuesday the 8th. I spent with in visiting  and the place he had selected for his residence, and in attending to  some of our private personal affairs. Also in the afternoon I answered  the questions which were frequently asked me while on my last Journey  but one from to , as printed in the Elders Journal  <Questions & Answers.> Vol 1st, No 2d., Pages 28th and 29th, As follows,—
1st. “Do you beleive the Bible?”  If we do, we are the only people under heaven that does; For [there] are none of  the religious Sects of the day that do.
2d. “Wherein do you differ  from other Sects?” Because we beleive the Bible, and all other sects  profess to beleive their interpretations of the bible, and their creeds.
3d, “Will every body be damned but mormons?” Yes, and a great  portion of them, unless they repent and work righteousness.
4th,  “How and where did you obtain the book of Mormon?” Moroni, the  person who deposited the plates, (from whence the Book of Mormon was  translated,) in a hill in , Ontario County, New York, being  dead, and raised again therefrom, appeared unto me, and told  me where they were; and gave me directions how to obtain them.  I obtained them, and the Urim and Thummim with them; by the  means of which, I translated the plates: and thus came the Book  of Mormon.
5th. “Do you beleive Joseph Smith Jun to be a prophet?”  Yes, and every other man who has the testimony of Jesus. “For the  testimony of Jesus is the Spirit of prophecy.”— Rev. 19th; 10. [p. 794]

6 May 1838 • Sunday

Sunday May 6 Joseph, Preached Sunday May 6th I preached to the saints, setting forth the evils that existed and would exist by reason of hasty Judgment, or decisions upon any subject given by any people,— or in judging before they had heard both sides of the question. I also cautioned the saints against men who should come amongst them whining and growling about their money, because they had kept the saints, and bore some of the burden with others, and thus thinking that others (who are still poorer and have borne greater burdens than themselves) ought to make up their loss, &c;— I cautioned the saints to beware of such, for they were throwing out foul insinuations, here and there, to level as it were a dart at the best interest of the church, and if possible to destroy the character of its Presidency. I also gave some instructions in the mysteries of the kingdom of God; such as the his history of the planets; &c & of Abrahams writings upon the planetary system &c. In the afternoon I spoke again on different subjects: the principle of Wisdom: the Word of wisdom, &c. The Teachers quorum at , numbered 24 members

7 May 1838 • Monday

Monday 7. . and arrived at Monday 7th. I spent in company with , one of our neighboring county Judges, and Democratic candidate for the State— Senate. I also visited with Elder . and who had this day arrived in : the former from , the latter from , where he had been preaching for some time. And our hearts were made glad with the pleasing inteligence of the gathering of the Saints, from all parts of the earth to this place, to avoid the destructions which are coming upon this generation as spoken by all the holy prophets since the world began.
, died , son of , aged 14 years 11 months and 7 days Died this day in the full triumph of the Everlasting Gospel.

8 May 1838 • Tuesday

Tuesday 8th. Tuesday the 8th. I spent with in visiting and the place he had selected for his residence, and in attending to some of our private personal affairs. Also in the afternoon I answered the questions which were frequently asked me while on my last Journey but one from to , as printed in the Elders Journal Questions & Answers. Vol 1st, No 2d., Pages 28th and 29th, As follows,—
1st. “Do you beleive the Bible?” If we do, we are the only people under heaven that does; For [there] are none of the religious Sects of the day that do.
2d. “Wherein do you differ from other Sects?” Because we beleive the Bible, and all other sects profess to beleive their interpretations of the bible, and their creeds.
3d, “Will every body be damned but mormons?” Yes, and a great portion of them, unless they repent and work righteousness.
4th, “How and where did you obtain the book of Mormon?” Moroni, the person who deposited the plates, (from whence the Book of Mormon was translated,) in a hill in , Ontario County, New York, being dead, and raised again therefrom, appeared unto me, and told me where they were; and gave me directions how to obtain them. I obtained them, and the Urim and Thummim with them; by the means of which, I translated the plates: and thus came the Book of Mormon.
5th. “Do you beleive Joseph Smith Jun to be a prophet?” Yes, and every other man who has the testimony of Jesus. “For the testimony of Jesus is the Spirit of prophecy.”— Rev. 19th; 10. [p. 794]
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