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

  • Source Note
  • Historical Introduction
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this ministry and Apostleship you are now to be ordained, <​February 21.​> and may all temporal and spiritual blessings attend you. Your sins are forgiven you and you are to go forth and preach the everlasting gospel. You shall travel from kingdom to kingdom, and from nation to nation. Angels shall bear thee up and thou shalt be instrumental in bringing thousands of the redeemed of the Lord to Zion. Sealed by president . even so, Amen.
<​’s Blessing.​> ’s Blessing. Dear Brethren Brother you are chosen and set apart to be ordained to this Apostleship and this ministry. You shall go forth and preach the gospel and do a mighty work. You shall be sustained. The Holy Spirit shall enlighten thy mind. Thou shalt travel from nation to nation. The Lord God shall sustain preserve thee and return thee safe, with songs of everlasting joy upon thy head. Confirmed by president .
The following charge was given to the twelve by president .
<​Charge to the Twelve by .—​> Dear Brethren, previously to delivering the charge, I shall read a part of a revelation. It is known to you that previous to the organizing of this church in 1830, the Lord gave Revelations or the church could not have been organized. The people of this church were weak in faith compared with the ancients. Those who embarked in this cause were desirous to know how the work was to be conducted. [HC 2:194] They read many things in the Book of Mormon, concerning their duty, and the way the great work ought to be done, but the minds of men are so constructed, that they will not believe without a testimony of seeing or hearing. The Lord gave us a revelation, that in process of time there should be twelve men chosen to preach his gospel to Jew and Gentile. Our minds have been on a constant stretch, to find whose these twelve were. When the time should come we could not tell, but we sought the Lord by fasting and prayer, to have our lives prolonged to see this day, to see you and to take a retrospect of the difficulties through which we have passed, but, having seen the day, it becomes my duty to deliver to you a charge: and first, a few remarks respecting your ministry. You have many revelations put into your hands: Revelations to make you acquainted with the nature of your Mission. You will have difficulties by reason of your visiting all the nations of the world. You will need wisdom in a ten fold proportion to what you have ever had. You will have to combat all the prejudices of all nations. He then read from the Revelation, and said, have you desired this ministry with all your hearts? If you have desired it, you are called of God, not of man, to go into all the world. He read again, from the Revelation, what the Lord said to the [p. 571]
this ministry and Apostleship you are now to be ordained, February 21. and may all temporal and spiritual blessings attend you. Your sins are forgiven you and you are to go forth and preach the everlasting gospel. You shall travel from kingdom to kingdom, and from nation to nation. Angels shall bear thee up and thou shalt be instrumental in bringing thousands of the redeemed of the Lord to Zion. Sealed by president . even so, Amen.
’s Blessing. ’s Blessing. Dear Brother you are chosen and set apart to be ordained to this Apostleship and this ministry. You shall go forth and preach the gospel and do a mighty work. You shall be sustained. The Holy Spirit shall enlighten thy mind. Thou shalt travel from nation to nation. The Lord God shall preserve thee and return thee safe, with songs of everlasting joy upon thy head. Confirmed by president .
The following charge was given to the twelve by president .
Charge to the Twelve by .— Dear Brethren, previously to delivering the charge, I shall read a part of a revelation. It is known to you that previous to the organizing of this church in 1830, the Lord gave Revelations or the church could not have been organized. The people of this church were weak in faith compared with the ancients. Those who embarked in this cause were desirous to know how the work was to be conducted. [HC 2:194] They read many things in the Book of Mormon, concerning their duty, and the way the great work ought to be done, but the minds of men are so constructed, that they will not believe without a testimony of seeing or hearing. The Lord gave us a revelation, that in process of time there should be twelve men chosen to preach his gospel to Jew and Gentile. Our minds have been on a constant stretch, to find who these twelve were. When the time should come we could not tell, but we sought the Lord by fasting and prayer, to have our lives prolonged to see this day, to see you and to take a retrospect of the difficulties through which we have passed, but, having seen the day, it becomes my duty to deliver to you a charge: and first, a few remarks respecting your ministry. You have many revelations put into your hands: Revelations to make you acquainted with the nature of your Mission. You will have difficulties by reason of your visiting all the nations of the world. You will need wisdom in a ten fold proportion to what you have ever had. You will have to combat all the prejudices of all nations. He then read the Revelation, and said, have you desired this ministry with all your hearts? If you have desired it, you are called of God, not of man, to go into all the world. He read again, from the Revelation, what the Lord said to the [p. 571]
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