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

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receipt, which he exhibited before the court. Council decided that<September 29. High Council. tried.>there was no cause of action, and that be is honorably acquitted, and shall receive his licence again.— A charge was preferred against elder . After hearing the testimony, and pleas of the counsellors, made a humble acknowledgement to the satisfation of the council, and he was retained in full fellowship as an elder. In all these cases I acted on the part of the defence, for the accused, to plead for mercy. The Lord blessed my soul, and the Council was greatly blessed also, and much good will result from our labors.
30 September 1835 • Wednesday
<30> I was at home on the 30th. and visited <with> many who came to enquire after the work of the Lord.
1 October 1835 • Thursday
<October, 1.>October 1st 1835 This afternoon I labored on the Egyptian alphabet, in company with brethren brothers and , <Astronomy> and during the research the principles of Astronomy as understood by Father Abraham and the ancients, opened unfolded to our understanding; the particulars of which will appear hereafter.
2 October 1835 • Friday
<2Letter to the Saints from Joseph Smith> On the 2nd. I wrote the following letter for publication in the Messenger and Advocate, continued from <the 1st of September>page612.
To the elders of the church of Latter Day Saints. At the close of my letter in the September number of the “Messenger and Advocate,” I promised to continue the subject there commenced; I do so with a hope that it may be a benefit, and a means of assistance in their labors, while they are combatting the prejudices of a crooked and perverse generation, by having in their possession the facts of my religious principles, which are misrepresented by almost all those whose crafts are in danger by the same; and also to aid those who are anxiously inquiring, and have been excited to do so from rumor, in ascertaining correctly, what my priniciples are. I have been drawn into this course of proceeding, by persecution, that is brought upon us from false rumor, and misrepresentations concerning my sentiments.
But to proceed, in the letter alluded to, the principles of repentance and baptism for the remission of sins, are not only set forth, but many passages of scripture were quoted, clearly illucidating the subject; let me add, that I do positively rely upon the truth and veracity of those principles inculcated in the new Tastament; and then pass from the above named items, on to the item or subject of the gathering, and shew my views upon this point: which is an item which I esteem to be of the highest greatest importance to those who are looking for salvation in this generation, or in these what may be called “the latter times,” as all the prophets that have written, from the days of righteous Abel down to the last man, that has left any testimony on record, for our consideration, in speaking of the salvation of Israel in the last days, goes directly to shew, that it consists in the work of the gathering.
<Prophecy of Enoch> Firstly, I shall begin by quoting from the prophecy of Enoch, speaking of the last days: “Righteousness will I send down from out of heaven, and truth
September 29. High Council. tried. In these cases I acted on the part of the defence, for the accused, to plead for mercy. The Lord blessed my soul, and the Council was greatly blessed also, and much good will result from our labors.
30 September 1835 • Wednesday
30 I was at home on the 30th. and visited with many who came to enquire after the work of the Lord.
1 October 1835 • Thursday
October, 1.October 1st 1835 This afternoon I labored on the Egyptian alphabet, in company with brothers and , Astronomy and during the research the principles of Astronomy as understood by Father Abraham and the ancients, unfolded to our understanding; the particulars of which will appear hereafter.
2 October 1835 • Friday
2Letter to the Saints from Joseph Smith On the 2nd. I wrote the following letter for publication in the Messenger and Advocate, continued from the 1st of September.
To the elders of the church of Latter Day Saints. At the close of my letter in the September number of the “Messenger and Advocate,” I promised to continue the subject there commenced; I do so with a hope that it may be a benefit, and a means of assistance in their labors, while they are combatting the prejudices of a crooked and perverse generation, by having in their possession the facts of my religious principles, which are misrepresented by almost all those whose crafts are in danger by the same; and also to aid those who are anxiously inquiring, and have been excited to do so from rumor, in ascertaining correctly, what my priniciples are. I have been drawn into this course of proceeding, by persecution, that is brought upon us from false rumor, and misrepresentations concerning my sentiments.
But to proceed, in the letter alluded to, the principles of repentance and baptism for the remission of sins, are not only set forth, but many passages of scripture were quoted, clearly illucidating the subject; let me add, that I do positively rely upon the truth and veracity of those principles inculcated in the new Tastament; and then pass from the above named items, on to the item or subject of the gathering, and shew my views upon this point: which is an item which I esteem to be of the greatest importance to those who are looking for salvation in this generation, or in these what may be called “the latter times,” as all the prophets that have written, from the days of righteous Abel down to the last man, that has left any testimony on record, for our consideration, in speaking of the salvation of Israel in the last days, goes directly to shew, that it consists in the work of the gathering.
Prophecy of Enoch Firstly, I shall begin by quoting from the prophecy of Enoch, speaking of the last days: “Righteousness will I send down out of heaven, and truth
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