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

  • Source Note
  • Historical Introduction
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We wish you to understand, that your duty requires you to seek first  <August 4> the kingdom of heaven and its righteousness, that is, attend to the  first things first, and then all things will be added, and that  complaint about your families will be less frequent. Dont preach  yourselves crucified for your wives sake, but remember that Christ  was crucified, and you are sent out to be special witnesses  of this thing. Men do not wish to hear these little things, for  there is no salvation in them, but there is in the other.
<The ten.> Let the hands of the ten be strengthened, and let them go forth  in the name of the Lord, in the power of their mission, giving  diligent heed to the direction of the Holy Spirit. We say be  strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might, for great  things await you, and great blessings are in store for you.
<Power of the two  upon the Seventy.> Let the power of the two be upon the seventy, until the two make  full satisfaction; for the seventy shall be blessed, and are blessed.  That man who presumes to speak evil of the dignities which God has  set in his church, to his family, or to any body else, shall be  cursed in his generation. Remember the 109th. Psalm. His Bishop rick shall be taken from him unless he speedily repents. Be  it known that God is God, and when he speaks, let all the  congregation say, Amen. We have evil insinuations enough  in to grapple with, that are suggested by the father  of lies, without having them from those who are sent out  to put down insinuations. May God bless you to be  more wise in future, Amen.” , Clerk.”
7 August 1835 • Friday
<7.  Conference  of the Twelve.  Mass. Conference  Elder Chase’s  License taken.  Elder Holmes  Licence taken.> “Bradford, Massachusetts, August 7th. nine of the travelling high  council, met and decided that the limits of the conference embrace  the state to be called the Conference. Elder  Chase had his licence and membership taken from him because  of gambling for money, and then breaking bread to the saints  before he confessed his sins. Elder Holmes licence was taken  from him in consequence of a disagreement between him and  his wife which was of long standing; it was therefore considered  that if a man cannot preserve peace in his own family  he is not qualified to rule the church of God. A Letter of  complaint was written to , by elder Gibson Smith, of  <Elder > Norfolk, Connecticut, again[s]t elder , upon which he  was suspended and referred to the conference at Bradford for  trial. No one appeared to substantiate the complaint, he was  therefore acquitted on that point: but upon further enquiry it  was proved that he had erred in spirit and in doctrine, and  was considerably inclined to enthusiasm, and much lifted  up; The council therefore took his licence from him, until  he become more instructed, and also get his spirits and  <Elder J. Patton  excommunicated.> feelings more amalgamated with his brethren. Elder James Patton  of North Providence, R<hode> I.s<land>, was excommunicated for improper conduct,  and, refusing to give up his licence, he was ordered to be published  in the “Messenger and Advocate.” The people in this region were [p. 599]
We wish you to understand, that your duty requires you to seek first August 4 the kingdom of heaven and its righteousness, that is, attend to the first things first, and then all things will be added, and that complaint about your families will be less frequent. Dont preach yourselves crucified for your wives sake, but remember that Christ was crucified, and you are sent out to be special witnesses of this thing. Men do not wish to hear these little things, for there is no salvation in them, but there is in the other.
The ten. Let the hands of the ten be strengthened, and let them go forth in the name of the Lord, in the power of their mission, giving diligent heed to the direction of the Holy Spirit. We say be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might, for great things await you, and great blessings are in store for you.
Power of the two upon the Seventy. Let the power of the two be upon the seventy, until the two make full satisfaction; for the seventy shall be blessed, and are blessed. That man who presumes to speak evil of the dignities which God has set in his church, to his family, or to any body else, shall be cursed in his generation. Remember the 109th. Psalm. His Bishopric shall be taken from him unless he speedily repents. Be it known that God is God, and when he speaks, let all the congregation say, Amen. We have evil insinuations enough in to grapple with, that are suggested by the father of lies, without having them from those who are sent out to put down insinuations. May God bless you to be more wise in future, Amen.” , Clerk.”
7 August 1835 • Friday
7. Conference of the Twelve. Mass. Conference Elder Chase’s License taken. Elder Holmes Licence taken. “Bradford, Massachusetts, August 7th. nine of the travelling high council, met and decided that the limits of the conference embrace the state to be called the Conference. Elder Chase had his licence and membership taken from him because of gambling for money, and then breaking bread to the saints before he confessed his sins. Elder Holmes licence was taken from him in consequence of a disagreement between him and his wife which was of long standing; it was therefore considered that if a man cannot preserve peace in his own family he is not qualified to rule the church of God. A Letter of complaint was written to , by elder Gibson Smith, of Elder Norfolk, Connecticut, against elder , upon which he was suspended and referred to the conference at Bradford for trial. No one appeared to substantiate the complaint, he was therefore acquitted on that point: but upon further enquiry it was proved that he had erred in spirit and in doctrine, and was considerably inclined to enthusiasm, and much lifted up; The council therefore took his licence from him, until he become more instructed, and also get his spirits and Elder J. Patton excommunicated. feelings more amalgamated with his brethren. Elder James Patton of North Providence, Rhode I.sland, was excommunicated for improper conduct, and, refusing to give up his licence, he was ordered to be published in the “Messenger and Advocate.” The people in this region were [p. 599]
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