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

  • Source Note
  • Historical Introduction
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<February 21.> You have our best wishes; you have our most fervent prayers that you may be able to bear this testimony that you have seen the face of God. Therefore call upon him in faith and mighty prayer, till you prevail, for it is your duty and your privilege to bear such testimony for yourselves. We now exhort you to be faithful to fulfil your calling, there must be no lack here. You must fulfil in all things, and permit us to repeat, all nations have a claim on you. You are bound together as the three Witnesses were; you notwithstanding can part and meet, and meet and part again, till your heads are silvered oer with age.
<Covenant of the Twelve> He then took them seperately by the hand, and said, Do you with full purpose of heart take part in this ministry, to proclaim the gospel with all diligince, with these your brethren, according to the tenor and intent of the charge you have received? Each of whom answered in the affirmative.
27 February 1835 • Friday
<27. First council of the Twelve.> “ February 27th.; This evening, nine of the twelve, viz. , , , , , , , and assembled at the house of President Josep Smith Jn., who was present, with , , and three elders. had gone to , and, and had not yet arrived to receive their ordination. -[There is an error in the date of the ordinations in p. 570 and 571.]- After prayer by <Joseph Smith’s Address, to the Twelve> president Joseph Smith Junr. he said if he were heard patiently he could lay before the council an item which would be of importance. He had for himself learned a fact, by experinc [experience] which on reflection, always gave him deep sorrow. It is a fact if I now had in my possession every decision which has been given had, upon importance impor[HC 2:198]tant items of doctrine and duty duties, since the commencement of this work, I would not part with them for any sum of money; but we have neglected to take minutes of such things, thinking, perhaps, that they would never benefit us afterwards, which, had we now, would decide almost any point of doctrine, which might be agitated. But this has not been agitated neglected, and now we cannot bear record to the church and to the world of the great and glorious manifestations, which have been made to us, with that degree of power and authority we otherwise could, were if we now had these things to publish abroad.
Since the twelve are now chosen, I wish to tell them a secret course which they may pursue, and be benefitted hereafter, in a point of light of which they are not now aware. If they will on every time they assemble, appoint a person to preside over them during the meeting, and one or more to keep a record of their proceedings, and on the [p. 575]
February 21. You have our best wishes; you have our most fervent prayers that you may be able to bear this testimony that you have seen the face of God. Therefore call upon him in faith and mighty prayer, till you prevail, for it is your duty and your privilege to bear such testimony for yourselves. We now exhort you to be faithful to fulfil your calling, there must be no lack here. You must fulfil in all things, and permit us to repeat, all nations have a claim on you. You are bound together as the three Witnesses were; you notwithstanding can part and meet, and meet and part again, till your heads are silvered oer with age.
Covenant of the Twelve He then took them seperately by the hand, and said, Do you with full purpose of heart take part in this ministry, to proclaim the gospel with all diligince, with these your brethren, according to the tenor and intent of the charge you have received? Each of whom answered in the affirmative.
27 February 1835 • Friday
27. First council of the Twelve. “ February 27th.; This evening, nine of the twelve, viz. , , , , , , , and assembled at the house of President Josep Smith Jn., who was present, with , , and three elders. had gone to , and, and had not yet arrived to receive their ordination. -[There is an error in the date of the ordinations in p. 570 and 571.]- After prayer by Joseph Smith’s Address, to the Twelve president Joseph Smith Junr. he said if he were heard patiently he could lay before the council an item which would be of importance. He had for himself learned a fact, by experinc [experience] which on reflection, always gave him deep sorrow. It is a fact if I now had in my possession every decision which has been had, upon impor[HC 2:198]tant items of doctrine and duties, since the commencement of this work, I would not part with them for any sum of money; but we have neglected to take minutes of such things, thinking, perhaps, that they would never benefit us afterwards, which, had we now, would decide almost any point of doctrine, which might be agitated. But this has been neglected, and now we cannot bear record to the church and to the world of the great and glorious manifestations, which have been made to us, with that degree of power and authority we otherwise could, if we now had these things to publish abroad.
Since the twelve are now chosen, I wish to tell them a course which they may pursue, and be benefitted hereafter, in a point of light of which they are not now aware. If they will on every time they assemble, appoint a person to preside over them during the meeting, and one or more to keep a record of their proceedings, and on the [p. 575]
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