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

  • Source Note
  • Historical Introduction
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<March 28..  Seven presidents  of the Seventies.> 43. And it is according to the vision, showing the order of the  Seventy, that they should have Seven presidents to preside  over them, chosen out of the number of the seventy, and  the seventh president of these presidents is to preside over  the six; and these seven presidents are to choose other  Seventy besides the first seventy, to whom they belong, and  are to preside over them; and also other seventy until  seven times seventy, if the labor in the vineyard of  necessity requires it. And these seventy are to be travelling  <Duty of the  Seventies> ministers unto the Gentiles, first, and also unto the Jews,  whereas other offices of the Church, who belong not unto the  church twelve neither to the seventy, are not under  the responsibility to travel among all nations, but are  to travel as their circumstances shall allow. notwith standing they may hold as high and responsible offices  in the church.
<Duty of  every man.> 44 Wherefore, now let every man learn his duty, and to  act in the office in which he is appointed, in all diligence.  He that is slothful shall not be counted worthy to stand,  and he that learns not his duty and shews himself not  approved, shall not be counted worthy to stand;  even so. Amen.
<School closed> The school closed the last weed [week] in March, to give the elders  an opportunity to go forth and proclaim the gospel prepar atory to the endowment.

29 March 1835 • Sunday

<29. Preached at  Huntsburgh.> Sunday March 29th. I preached about three hours, at  Huntsburgh, where Where , had been debating  holding a public discussion on a challenge from Mr J. M. Tracy,  a campbellite preacher, the two days previous on the divinity of the  book of Mormon, at the close of which two were baptized, and  on monday four more came forward for baptism.

3–4 April 1835 • Friday–Saturday

<April 3 & 4.  Conference at  .> April 3rd and 4th a conference of the saints was held at  Ohio <New York> presiding, Fifteen branches of the church were  represented: five of which had never not been previously represented  at any conference, numbering about fifty members.— Elder Chester  //L. Heath of , was expelled from the church for breach of covenant.  <Mess & Ad p 316> and not observing the word of wisdom. Oliver , clerk.

26 April 1835 • Sunday

<26.  Minutes of  the Twelve> <See D addenda page 1—> On the 26th of April the twelve Apostles, and the seventy  who had been chosen, assembled in the Temple (although un finished) with a a numerous concourse of people, to receive our their  charge and instructions from President Joseph Smith, Junr.,  <x> relative to our their mission and duties. The congregation being  <arrival of  and .> assembled, Elder arrived from the south part of  the state, making our number complete, Elder ,  having arrived the day previous.”

28 April 1835 • Tuesday

<28th> 28.th.. “The Twelve met this  afternoon, at the school room for the purpose of prayer and  consultation. Elder opened the meeting by prayer.  Motioned and carried, that when any member of the council [p. 588]
March 28.. Seven presidents of the Seventies. 43. And it is according to the vision, showing the order of the Seventy, that they should have Seven presidents to preside over them, chosen out of the number of the seventy, and the seventh president of these presidents is to preside over the six; and these seven presidents are to choose other Seventy besides the first seventy, to whom they belong, and are to preside over them; and also other seventy until seven times seventy, if the labor in the vineyard of necessity requires it. And these seventy are to be travelling Duty of the Seventies ministers unto the Gentiles, first, and also unto the Jews, whereas other offices of the Church, who belong not unto the twelve neither to the seventy, are not under the responsibility to travel among all nations, but are to travel as their circumstances shall allow. notwithstanding they may hold as high and responsible offices in the church.
Duty of every man. 44 Wherefore, now let every man learn his duty, and to act in the office in which he is appointed, in all diligence. He that is slothful shall not be counted worthy to stand, and he that learns not his duty and shews himself not approved, shall not be counted worthy to stand; even so. Amen.
School closed The school closed the last weed [week] in March, to give the elders an opportunity to go forth and proclaim the gospel preparatory to the endowment.

29 March 1835 • Sunday

29. Preached at Huntsburgh. Sunday March 29th. I preached about three hours, at Huntsburgh, where , had been holding a public discussion on a challenge from Mr J. M. Tracy, a campbellite preacher, the two days previous on the divinity of the book of Mormon, at the close of which two were baptized, and on monday four more came forward for baptism.

3–4 April 1835 • Friday–Saturday

April 3 & 4. Conference at . April 3rd and 4th a conference of the saints was held at New York presiding, Fifteen branches of the church were represented: five of which had not been previously represented at any conference, numbering about fifty members.— Elder Chester //L. Heath of , was expelled from the church for breach of covenant. Mess & Ad p 316 and not observing the word of wisdom. , clerk.

26 April 1835 • Sunday

26. Minutes of the Twelve See D addenda page 1— On the 26th of April the twelve Apostles, and the seventy who had been chosen, assembled in the Temple (although unfinished) with a numerous concourse of people, to receive their charge and instructions from President Joseph Smith, Junr., x relative to their mission and duties. The congregation being arrival of and . assembled, Elder arrived from the south part of the state, making our number complete, Elder , having arrived the day previous.”

28 April 1835 • Tuesday

28th 28.th.. “The Twelve met this afternoon, at the school room for the purpose of prayer and consultation. Elder opened the meeting by prayer. Motioned and carried, that when any member of the council [p. 588]
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