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

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<October 5  3rd. Quarterly conference  at —> presiding— as there was not a sufficient number of members present to  form a Quorum for business, after singing and prayer conference adjourned till 2 P.M.  when they met and opened as usual Presidents and presiding. There was  not a sufficient number of the members of the High Council or any other Quorum to do  business as a quarterly conference, they voted to ordain a few Elders, appointed a few  missions and adjourned till tomorrow at ten o clock A.M.
About this time I took a journey in company with some others, to the lower part of the  County of , for the purpose of selecting a location for a Town. While on my  journey, I was met by one of the brethren from , in Carroll County, who stated that our  people, who had settled in that place, were, and had been some time, surrounded by a Mob—  who had threatned their lives, and had shot at them several times; and that he was on  his way to , to inform the brethren there, of the facts. I was surprised on  receiving this intelligence, although there had, previous to this time, been some manifestations  of mobs, but I had hoped that the good sense of the majority of the people, and their respect  for the constitution, would have put down any Spirit of persecution, which might have  been manifested in that neighborhood. Immediately on receiving this intelligence,  I made preparations to go to that place, and endeavor if possible, to allay the  feelings of the citizens, and save the lives of my brethren who were thus exposed to  their wrath—

6 October 1838 • Saturday

<6  Joseph arrived at  > Saturday 6th. I arrived at and found that the accounts of the situation of  that place were correct, for it was with much difficulty, and by travelling unfrequented  Roads, that I was able to get there; all the principal roads being strongly guarded  by the Mob who refused all ingress as well as egress. I found my brethren (who were  only a handfull, in comparison to the Mob, by which they were surrounded,) in this  situation, and their provisions nearly exhausted, and no prospect of obtaining any more.  We thought it necessary to send immediately to the , to inform him of the  circumstances; hoping from the Executive, to receive the protection which we needed,  and which was guaranteed to us, in common with other Citizens— Several Gentlemen  of standing and respectability, who lived in the immediate vicinity, (who were not  in any wise connected with the Church of Latter Day Saints) who had witnessed  the proceedings of our enemies; came forward and made affidavits to the treatment  we had received, and concerning our perilous situation; and offered their services to go  and present the case to the themselves—
<Conference  continued> The Quarterly Conference convened at ten o clock this day according to adjournment  at , Presidents and presiding— Elder Benjamin L. Clapp said  he had just returned from Kentucky where he had been laboring, and that many  doors were open there— a call was made for volunteers to go into the Vineyard  and preach, when Elders James Carroll, James Gallihu, Luman A. Shirtleff, James Dana,  Ahaz Cook, , , and Alpheus Gifford offered themselves.   instructed them not to go forth boasting of their faith, or of the  Judgments of the Lord, but go in the Spirit of meekness and preach Repentance. Elder   from , by request gave a statement of his feelings respecting his  having been appointed as one of the Twelve <note to be supplied by > saying that he was willing to do any thing  which God would require of him; when it was voted that Brother fill the  < one of the  Twelve> vacancy of one of the twelve— Stephen Chase was ordained President of the Elders Quorum  in , Isaac Luncy, Horace Alexander, and Albert Sloan were ordained Elders  under the hands of the Presidents, Samuel Bent and Isaac Higbee were appointed to fill  the place of and in the High Council, they having [p. 833]
October 5 3rd. Quarterly conference at presiding— as there was not a sufficient number of members present to form a Quorum for business, after singing and prayer conference adjourned till 2 P.M. when they met and opened as usual Presidents and presiding. There was not a sufficient number of the members of the High Council or any other Quorum to do business as a quarterly conference, they voted to ordain a few Elders, appointed a few missions and adjourned till tomorrow at ten o clock A.M.
About this time I took a journey in company with some others, to the lower part of the County of , for the purpose of selecting a location for a Town. While on my journey, I was met by one of the brethren from , in Carroll County, who stated that our people, who had settled in that place, were, and had been some time, surrounded by a Mob— who had threatned their lives, and had shot at them several times; and that he was on his way to , to inform the brethren there, of the facts. I was surprised on receiving this intelligence, although there had, previous to this time, been some manifestations of mobs, but I had hoped that the good sense of the majority of the people, and their respect for the constitution, would have put down any Spirit of persecution, which might have been manifested in that neighborhood. Immediately on receiving this intelligence, I made preparations to go to that place, and endeavor if possible, to allay the feelings of the citizens, and save the lives of my brethren who were thus exposed to their wrath—

6 October 1838 • Saturday

6 Joseph arrived at Saturday 6th. I arrived at and found that the accounts of the situation of that place were correct, for it was with much difficulty, and by travelling unfrequented Roads, that I was able to get there; all the principal roads being strongly guarded by the Mob who refused all ingress as well as egress. I found my brethren (who were only a handfull, in comparison to the Mob, by which they were surrounded,) in this situation, and their provisions nearly exhausted, and no prospect of obtaining any more. We thought it necessary to send immediately to the , to inform him of the circumstances; hoping from the Executive, to receive the protection which we needed, and which was guaranteed to us, in common with other Citizens— Several Gentlemen of standing and respectability, who lived in the immediate vicinity, (who were not in any wise connected with the Church of Latter Day Saints) who had witnessed the proceedings of our enemies; came forward and made affidavits to the treatment we had received, and concerning our perilous situation; and offered their services to go and present the case to the themselves—
Conference continued The Quarterly Conference convened at ten o clock this day according to adjournment at , Presidents and presiding— Elder Benjamin L. Clapp said he had just returned from Kentucky where he had been laboring, and that many doors were open there— a call was made for volunteers to go into the Vineyard and preach, when Elders James Carroll, James Gallihu, Luman A. Shirtleff, James Dana, Ahaz Cook, , , and Alpheus Gifford offered themselves. instructed them not to go forth boasting of their faith, or of the Judgments of the Lord, but go in the Spirit of meekness and preach Repentance. Elder from , by request gave a statement of his feelings respecting his having been appointed as one of the Twelve saying that he was willing to do any thing which God would require of him; when it was voted that Brother fill the one of the Twelve vacancy of one of the twelve— Stephen Chase was ordained President of the Elders Quorum in , Isaac Luncy, Horace Alexander, and Albert Sloan were ordained Elders under the hands of the Presidents, Samuel Bent and Isaac Higbee were appointed to fill the place of and in the High Council, they having [p. 833]
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