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

  • Source Note
  • Historical Introduction
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they find favor in the sight of God and man, is the prayer of  your unworthy Brother. ”. “To
<August 4  Council's views> From this short letter we discover that the elders failed in the outset, to fill  their great and important mission, as they know that God has  commanded us to build a , in which we receive an endow ment, previous to the redemption of Zion, and that Zion could  not be redeemed until this takes place; knowing that the committee  were to journey for the express purpose of soliciting donations, they  have failed to hold them up, and set forth this first important  thing. And in consequence God has not blessed them as he other wise would. We remind you of these things in the name of the  Lord, and refer you to the Book of Covenants, 2d Section. 2 part,  and 12th Paragraph, and ask did we not instruct you to  remember first the house, Secondly the cause of Zion, and then  the publishing the word to the nations?
<’s  Letter, to his wife.> The other Referred to, is an extract from Elder ’s letter to  his wife, as follows; “You say that it will not be in your power to  go to school this summer,— I am glad that it is not, since has returned and given me a description of the manner  in which it is conducted, though we do not wish to cast any  <Council’s dcision> reflections.” This the council consider to be a libel on the face  of it: says “We do not wish to cast any reflections,”  when the highest insult and reflections are cast, by it, upon  the church, the presidency, and those who are held in much  higher estimation in the sight of God and this church,  than themselves. The vote of the council was, we hereby inform  Elders. and , that we withdraw our fellowship  from them until they return and make satisfaction face to  <To the Twelve.> face. We further inform the twelve, that, as far as we can  learn from the churches through which we have travelled, you  have set yourselves up as an independent council, subject to  no authority of the church, a kind of outlaws. This impression  is wrong, and will, if persisted in, bring down the wrath and  <The other ten to  finish the Conference.> indignation of heaven upon your heads. The other ten are  directed to proceed on and finish the conferences, and the  two may act their own judgment whether to proceed or  <Letter from .> return. President Joseph Smith Junr. read to the council a  letter from elder , which was approved and  filled our hearts with joy. A Letter was presented from Elder  <Letter from . > . The council refer him to the commandment,  which requires none to learn or bring their families without revelation,  or decision of the high council. We discover an error in ’s letter. The He says “To the able preaching of and  and .” We conclude that if it had been the preaching  of the Lord, as it should have been, he would have had the honor  and not these men. To close we add that unless this epistle is  heeded in all its parts, in its full force, those who rebel against it, shall be  dealt with by the Lord accordingly, for we ask, being agreed as touching this thing. [p. 598]
they find favor in the sight of God and man, is the prayer of your unworthy Brother. ”. “To
August 4 Council's views From this short letter we discover that the elders failed in the outset, to fill their great and important mission, as they know that God has commanded us to build a , in which we receive an endowment, previous to the redemption of Zion, and that Zion could not be redeemed until this takes place; knowing that the committee were to journey for the express purpose of soliciting donations, they have failed to hold them up, and set forth this first important thing. And in consequence God has not blessed them as he otherwise would. We remind you of these things in the name of the Lord, and refer you to the Book of Covenants, 2d Section. 2 part, and 12th Paragraph, and ask did we not instruct you to remember first the house, Secondly the cause of Zion, and then the publishing the word to the nations?
’s Letter, to his wife. The other Referred to, is an extract from Elder ’s letter to his wife, as follows; “You say that it will not be in your power to go to school this summer,— I am glad that it is not, since has returned and given me a description of the manner in which it is conducted, though we do not wish to cast any Council’s dcision reflections.” This the council consider to be a libel on the face of it: says “We do not wish to cast any reflections,” when the highest insult and reflections are cast, by it, upon the church, the presidency, and those who are held in much higher estimation in the sight of God and this church, than themselves. The vote of the council was, we hereby inform Elders. and , that we withdraw our fellowship from them until they return and make satisfaction face to To the Twelve. face. We further inform the twelve, that, as far as we can learn from the churches through which we have travelled, you have set yourselves up as an independent council, subject to no authority of the church, a kind of outlaws. This impression is wrong, and will, if persisted in, bring down the wrath and The other ten to finish the Conference. indignation of heaven upon your heads. The other ten are directed to proceed on and finish the conferences, and the two may act their own judgment whether to proceed or Letter from . return. President Joseph Smith Junr. read to the council a letter from elder , which was approved and filled our hearts with joy. A Letter was presented from Elder Letter from . . The council refer him to the commandment, which requires none to learn or bring their families without revelation, or decision of the high council. We discover an error in ’s letter. He says “To the able preaching of and and .” We conclude that if it had been the preaching of the Lord, as it should have been, he would have had the honor and not these men. To close we add that unless this epistle is heeded in all its parts, in its full force, those who rebel against it, shall be dealt with by the Lord accordingly, for we ask, being agreed as touching this thing. [p. 598]
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