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

  • Source Note
  • Historical Introduction
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very spot, and having the happiness of seeing quite a num ber of the families of my brethren, comfortably situated upon  <September 1  Letter to the  Elders, from  Joseph Smith> the land, I took leave of them, and journeyed back to  , and used every influence and argument, that  lay in my power, to get those who beleive in the everlasting  covenant, whose circumstances would admit, and  whose families were willing, to remove to the place which I  had designated to be the land of Zion: and thus the sound  of the gathering, and of the doctrine, went abroad into the  world; and many we have reason to fear, having a zeal  not according to knowledge, not understanding the pure  principles of the doctrine of the church, have no doubt, in  the heat of enthusiasm, taught and said many things which  are derogatory to the genuine character and principles of the  church, and for these things we are heartily sorry, and would  apologize if apology would do any good.
But we pause here and offer a remark upon the saying which  we learn has gone abroad and has been handled in a manner  detrimental to the cause of truth, by saying, “that in preach ing the doctrine of gathering, we break up families, and give  licence for men to leave their families; women their husbands;  children their parents, and slaves their masters, thereby derang ing the order, and breaking up the harmony and peace of  society.” We shall here shew our faith, and thereby, as we  humbly trust, put an end to these false and wicked misrep resentations, which have caused, we have every reason to beleive  thousands to think they were doing God’s service, when they  were persecuting the children of God: whereas, if they could  have enjoyed the true light, and had a just understanding  of our principles, they would have embraced them with all  their hearts, and been rejoicing in the love of the truth.
And now, to shew our doctrine on this point Subject, we  shall commence with the first principles of the gospel,  which are repentance, and baptism for the remission of  sins, and the gift of the Holy Ghost by the laying on of the  hands. This we believe to be our duty, to teach to all man kind the doctrine of repentance, which we shall endeavor  to shew to a from the following quotations:
<Luke 24:45. &c.> “Then opened he their understanding, that they might un derstand the scriptures, and said unto them, thus it is written  and thus it behoved christ to suffer, and to rise from the  dead, the third day; and that repentance and remission  of sins should be preached in his name among all nations  beginning at Jerusalem.” Luke 24: 45, 46, 47.
By this we learn that it behooved Christ to suffer, and to  be crucified, and rise again on the third day, for the express,  purpose that repentance and remission of sins should be  preached unto all nations. [p. 608]
very spot, and having the happiness of seeing quite a number of the families of my brethren, comfortably situated upon September 1 Letter to the Elders, from Joseph Smith the land, I took leave of them, and journeyed back to , and used every influence and argument, that lay in my power, to get those who beleive in the everlasting covenant, whose circumstances would admit, and whose families were willing, to remove to the place which I had designated to be the land of Zion: and thus the sound of the gathering, and of the doctrine, went abroad into the world; and many we have reason to fear, having a zeal not according to knowledge, not understanding the pure principles of the doctrine of the church, have no doubt, in the heat of enthusiasm, taught and said many things which are derogatory to the genuine character and principles of the church, and for these things we are heartily sorry, and would apologize if apology would do any good.
But we pause here and offer a remark upon the saying which we learn has gone abroad and has been handled in a manner detrimental to the cause of truth, by saying, “that in preaching the doctrine of gathering, we break up families, and give licence for men to leave their families; women their husbands; children their parents, and slaves their masters, thereby deranging the order, and breaking up the harmony and peace of society.” We shall here shew our faith, and thereby, as we humbly trust, put an end to these false and wicked misrepresentations, which have caused, we have every reason to beleive thousands to think they were doing God’s service, when they were persecuting the children of God: whereas, if they could have enjoyed the true light, and had a just understanding of our principles, they would have embraced them with all their hearts, and been rejoicing in the love of the truth.
And now, to shew our doctrine on this Subject, we shall commence with the first principles of the gospel, which are repentance, and baptism for the remission of sins, and the gift of the Holy Ghost by the laying on of the hands. This we believe to be our duty, to teach to all mankind the doctrine of repentance, which we shall endeavor to shew from the following quotations:
Luke 24:45. &c. “Then opened he their understanding, that they might understand the scriptures, and said unto them, thus it is written and thus it behoved christ to suffer, and to rise from the dead, the third day; and that repentance and remission of sins should be preached in his name among all nations beginning at Jerusalem.” Luke 24: 45, 46, 47.
By this we learn that it behooved Christ to suffer, and to be crucified, and rise again on the third day, for the express, purpose that repentance and remission of sins should be preached unto all nations. [p. 608]
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