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

  • Source Note
  • Historical Introduction
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was large, appointed , John Young,  <August 17.  General Assembly> Andrew H. Aldrich, , and Oliver Higley, assistant  Presidents of the day, to assist in preserving order and so forth,  in the whole assembly. Elder being appointed  Chorister, a hymn was then sung and the services of the day  opened by the prayer of President , and the solemnities  of Eternity rested upon the audience. another hymn was then  sung: after transacting some business for the church such as ordaining  Morris Phelps to the High Priesthood: John to the first  seventy: Sherman Gilbert an elder; and blessing , , Benjamin Gifford, , and Joseph Hartshorn, the  <Adjournment.> assembly adjourned for one hour.
<authorities rebuked  for inpunctuality> Afternoon. A hymn was sung, when arose and  rebuked some of the authorities for not being in their seats at the  time appointed. arose and introduced the  <Book of Doctrine  and Covenants> “Book of Doctrine and Covenants of the Church of the Latter Day Saints in behalf of the committee: he was followed by , who  explained the manner by which they intended to obtain the voice of  <Manner of obtain ing the voice of the  Assembly.> the assembly for or against said book. According to said ar rangement, , bore record that the book presented to  the assembly, was true. President , also, arose,  and testified that it was true. Elder taking the  lead of the high Council in , bore record that the  revelations in said book were true, and that the lectures  were judiciously arranged and compiled, and were prof itable for doctrine; whereupon the high council of  accepted and acknowledged them as the doctrine and cov enants of their faith, by a unanimous vote. Elder , taking the lead of the high council of the church  in , bore testimony that the revelations in said  book were true, and the said high council of  accepted and acknowledged them as the doctrine and  covenants of their faith, by a unanimous vote.
President then read the written testimony of the Twelve,  as follows.
<Testimony of the  Twelve.> “The testimony of the witnesses to the Book of the Lord’s  commandments, which he gave to his church through Joseph  Smith, Junior, who was appointed by the voice of the church  for this purpose: We therefore feel willing to bear testimony to  all the world of mankind, to every creature upon the face  of all the earth, and upon the islands of the sea, that the  Lord has borne record to our souls, through the Holy Ghost  shed forth upon us, that these commandments were given  by inspiration of God, and are profitable for all men, and  are verily true. We give this testimony unto the world, the  Lord being our helper: and it is through the grace of God,  the Father, and his son Jesus Christ, that we are permitted  to have this privilege of bearing this testimony unto the world,  in the which we rejoice exceedingly, praying the Lord always, [p. 601]
was large, appointed , John Young, August 17. General Assembly Andrew H. Aldrich, , and Oliver Higley, assistant Presidents of the day, to assist in preserving order , in the whole assembly. Elder being appointed Chorister, a hymn was then sung and the services of the day opened by the prayer of President , and the solemnities of Eternity rested upon the audience. another hymn was then sung: after transacting some business for the church such as ordaining Morris Phelps to the High Priesthood: to the first seventy: Sherman Gilbert an elder; and blessing , , Benjamin Gifford, , and Joseph Hartshorn, the Adjournment. assembly adjourned for one hour.
authorities rebuked for inpunctuality Afternoon. A hymn was sung, when arose and rebuked some of the authorities for not being in their seats at the time appointed. arose and introduced the Book of Doctrine and Covenants “Book of Doctrine and Covenants of the Church of the Latter Day Saints” in behalf of the committee: he was followed by , who explained the manner by which they intended to obtain the voice of Manner of obtaining the voice of the Assembly. the assembly for or against said book. According to said arrangement, , bore record that the book presented to the assembly, was true. President , also, arose, and testified that it was true. Elder taking the lead of the high Council in , bore record that the revelations in said book were true, and that the lectures were judiciously arranged and compiled, and were profitable for doctrine; whereupon the high council of accepted and acknowledged them as the doctrine and covenants of their faith, by a unanimous vote. Elder , taking the lead of the high council of the church in , bore testimony that the revelations in said book were true, and the said high council of accepted and acknowledged them as the doctrine and covenants of their faith, by a unanimous vote.
President then read the written testimony of the Twelve, as follows.
Testimony of the Twelve. “The testimony of the witnesses to the Book of the Lord’s commandments, which he gave to his church through Joseph Smith, Junior, who was appointed by the voice of the church for this purpose: We therefore feel willing to bear testimony to all the world of mankind, to every creature upon the face of all the earth, and upon the islands of the sea, that the Lord has borne record to our souls, through the Holy Ghost shed forth upon us, that these commandments were given by inspiration of God, and are profitable for all men, and are verily true. We give this testimony unto the world, the Lord being our helper: and it is through the grace of God, the Father, and his son Jesus Christ, that we are permitted to have this privilege of bearing this testimony unto the world, in the which we rejoice exceedingly, praying the Lord always, [p. 601]
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