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

  • Source Note
  • Historical Introduction
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This curse shall be upon them, the hand of the Lord shall be upon  <July 14.> them, until they repent in sackcloth and ashes, and shall touch <affect> <them>  their temporal <and spiritual interest> unless they repent.
17–19 July 1835 • Friday–Sunday
<17.  Minutes of the Twelve.> “July 17the. the twelve met in conference, agreeably to previous  appointment, on at St Johnsbury Vermont. Resolved <that> this state be the  Limits of this conference, and include the branches in Littleton, Dalton  < Conference> and Landaff, of in New Hampshire to be called the Conference
The St Johnsbury branch contained 4 numbered 41, members; Danville, 23;  <Names of Churches> Charlton, 21; Jay, 11; Dalton, 15; Landaff, 4; Littleton, 10; Andover, Vt. 15;  Bendon , 7; and N. York, 17: Six of the council addressed the  conference on principles of faith and action. — Adjourned to the  <18> 18th. when the remaining six, enforced the necessity of sending  up wise men, and purchasing lands according to the comm andments, which they readily agreed to do. Sunday 19th. our  <Sunday. 19> public meeting was attended by more than a thousand people, and  during our conference nine were baptized.
& Clerks”
July 1835
<Translating the  Book of  Abraham &c.> The remainder of this month, I was continually engaged in translating  an alphabet to the Book of Abraham, and arrangeing a grammar  of the Egyptian language as practiced by the ancients.
2 August 1835 • Sunday
<August 2.> August 2d being the Sabbath I preached a part of the day.
4 August 1835 • Tuesday
<Minutes of Council 4.> “, August, 4th 1835. A high council of the church of Christ  of Latter Day Saints assembled in conference, consisting of Presidents  Joseph Smith, Jun., , , ,  , and , and others,  to take into consideration certain items contained in letters from  abroad; one from , presiding elder of the   Conference; and one from Elder .
The first reads as follows,
<Letter from > “ July 29th. 1835. Dear Brother,  Elder called on this church last thursday, on his way  east soliciting donations and subscriptions for finishing the  in your place. Although the subject of such a mission, in conexion  with his name, had been mentioned in the Messenger and Ad vocate, still, as no other method had been taken to impress  the subject on our minds, it had measurably passed out,  or ceased to make any impression. Therefore. we were in some  degree taken on surprise. The Twelve, the Bishop, nor any others  clothed with authority, have ever mentioned this subject to  us, except incidentally, to the recollection of any of the church.  It surely was never made a subject of public instruction; as had just reason to expect it had been, he felt an  embarrassment peculiar to such a situation. He undertook to preach  to us yesterday, but from the aforesaid embarrassment, or the  deadness, or the covetousness of the church, he could get none  of the spirit of the Lord to assist him. I am free to say that  I attributed more to the latter cause than the former. Yet, not withstanding, we made out in donations, and Subscriptions  that I trust will be realized $341.87½. May the Lord bless  and prosper him, and all his faithful servants, and may [p. 597]
This curse shall be upon them, the hand of the Lord shall be upon July 14. them, until they repent in sackcloth and ashes, and shall affect their temporal and spiritual interest unless they repent.
17–19 July 1835 • Friday–Sunday
17. Minutes of the Twelve. “July 17the. the twelve met in conference, agreeably to previous appointment, at St Johnsbury Vermont. Resolved that this state be the Limits of this conference, and include the branches in Littleton, Dalton Conference and Landaff, in New Hampshire to be called the Conference
The St Johnsbury branch numbered 41, members; Danville, 23; Names of Churches Charlton, 21; Jay, 11; Dalton, 15; Landaff, 4; Littleton, 10; Andover, Vt. 15; , 7; and N. York, 17: Six of the council addressed the conference on principles of faith and action. — Adjourned to the 18 18th. when the remaining six, enforced the necessity of sending up wise men, and purchasing lands according to the commandments, which they readily agreed to do. Sunday 19th. our Sunday. 19 public meeting was attended by more than a thousand people, and during our conference nine were baptized.
& Clerks”
July 1835
Translating the Book of Abraham &c. The remainder of this month, I was continually engaged in translating an alphabet to the Book of Abraham, and arrangeing a grammar of the Egyptian language as practiced by the ancients.
2 August 1835 • Sunday
August 2. August 2d being the Sabbath I preached a part of the day.
4 August 1835 • Tuesday
Minutes of Council 4. “, August, 4th 1835. A high council of the church of Christ of Latter Day Saints assembled in conference, consisting of Presidents Joseph Smith, Jun., , , , , and , and others, to take into consideration certain items contained in letters from abroad; one from , presiding elder of the Conference; and one from Elder .
The first reads as follows,
Letter from July 29th. 1835. Dear Brother, Elder called on this church last thursday, on his way east soliciting donations and subscriptions for finishing the in your place. Although the subject of such a mission, in conexion with his name, had been mentioned in the Messenger and Advocate, still, as no other method had been taken to impress the subject on our minds, it had measurably passed out, or ceased to make any impression. Therefore. we were in some degree taken on surprise. The Twelve, the Bishop, nor any others clothed with authority, have ever mentioned this subject to us, except incidentally, to the recollection of any of the church. It surely was never made a subject of public instruction; as had just reason to expect it had been, he felt an embarrassment peculiar to such a situation. He undertook to preach to us yesterday, but from the aforesaid embarrassment, or the deadness, or the covetousness of the church, he could get none of the spirit of the Lord to assist him. I am free to say that I attributed more to the latter cause than the former. Yet, notwithstanding, we made out in donations, and Subscriptions that I trust will be realized $341.87½. May the Lord bless and prosper him, and all his faithful servants, and may [p. 597]
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