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

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that they may have faith to stand in the evil day.
<October 2. Letter to the Elders continued.> Thirdly it should be the duty of an elder, when he enters into a house to salute the master of that house, and if he gain his consent, then he may preach to all that are in that house; but if he gain not his consent, let him not go unto his slaves or servants, but let the responsibility be upon the head of the master of that house, and the consequences thereof; and the guilt of that house is no longer upon thy skirts: Thou art free; therefore, shake off the dust of thy feet and go thy way. But if the master of that house give consent, thou mayest preach to his family, his wife, his children, and his servants, his man-servants, or his maid-servants, or his slaves, then it should be the duty of the elder to stand up boldly for the cause of Christ, and warn that peoples with one accord, to repent and be baptized for the remission of sins, and for the Holy Ghost, always commanding them in the name of the Lord, in the spirit of meekness, to be kindly affectioned one towards another; that the fathers should be kind to their children, husbands to their wives; masters to their slaves or servants; children [HC 2:263] obedient to their parents, wives to their husbands, and slaves or servants to their masters:
<Eph 5:22–31. Duty of wives &c.> Wives submit yourselves unto your own husbands, as unto the Lord. For the husband is the head of the wife even as christ is the head of the church: and he is the savior of the body. Therefore, as the church is subject unto Christ, so let the wives bee to their own husbands in every thing. Husbands, love your wives even as Christ also loved the church and gave himself for it; that he might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the word, that he might present it to himself a glorious Church, not having spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing; but that it should be holy and without blemish. So aught ought men to love their wives as their own bodies. He that loveth his wife loveth himself. For no man ever yet hated his own flesh; but nourisheth and cherisheth it, even as the Lord the church: for we are members of his body, of his flesh, and of his bones. For this cause shall a man leave his father and mother, and shall be joined unto his wife, and they two shall be one flesh.” Ephesians 5:22d and 31 verses inclusive.
<Collossians 3:18–22.> “Wives submit yourselves unto your own husbands, as it is fit in the Lord. Husbands love your wives, and be not bitter against them. Children, obey your parents in all things: for this is well pleasing unto the Lord. Fathers provoke not your children to anger lest they be discouraged. Servants obey in all things your masters according to the flesh: not with eye service as men-pleasers, but in singleness of heart fearing God. Colossians 3:18–22 inclusive. But I must close this letter and resume the subject in another number, In the Bonds of the New and Everlasting Covenant. Joseph Smith Jr
3 October 1835 • Saturday
<High council. 3.> October 3d I attended the high Council to investigate charges preferred [p. 626]
that they may have faith to stand in the evil day.
October 2. Letter to the Elders continued. Thirdly it should be the duty of an elder, when he enters into a house to salute the master of that house, and if he gain his consent, then he may preach to all that are in that house; but if he gain not his consent, let him not go unto his slaves or servants, but let the responsibility be upon the head of the master of that house, and the consequences thereof; and the guilt of that house is no longer upon thy skirts: Thou art free; therefore, shake off the dust of thy feet and go thy way. But if the master of that house give consent, thou mayest preach to his family, his wife, his children, and his servants, his man-servants, or his maid-servants, or his slaves, then it should be the duty of the elder to stand up boldly for the cause of Christ, and warn that people with one accord, to repent and be baptized for the remission of sins, and for the Holy Ghost, always commanding them in the name of the Lord, in the spirit of meekness, to be kindly affectioned one towards another; that the fathers should be kind to their children, husbands to their wives; masters to their slaves or servants; children [HC 2:263] obedient to their parents, wives to their husbands, and slaves or servants to their masters:
Eph 5:22–31. Duty of wives &c. Wives submit yourselves unto your own husbands, as unto the Lord. For the husband is the head of the wife even as christ is the head of the church: and he is the savior of the body. Therefore, as the church is subject unto Christ, so let the wives be to their own husbands in every thing. Husbands, love your wives even as Christ also loved the church and gave himself for it; that he might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the word, that he might present it to himself a glorious Church, not having spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing; but that it should be holy and without blemish. So ought men to love their wives as their own bodies. He that loveth his wife loveth himself. For no man ever yet hated his own flesh; but nourisheth and cherisheth it, even as the Lord the church: for we are members of his body, of his flesh, and of his bones. For this cause shall a man leave his father and mother, and shall be joined unto his wife, and they two shall be one flesh.” Ephesians 5:22d and 31 verses inclusive.
Collossians 3:18–22. “Wives submit yourselves unto your own husbands, as it is fit in the Lord. Husbands love your wives, and be not bitter against them. Children, obey your parents in all things: for this is well pleasing unto the Lord. Fathers provoke not your children to anger lest they be discouraged. Servants obey in all things your masters according to the flesh: not with eye service as men-pleasers, but in singleness of heart fearing God. Colossians 3:18–22 inclusive. But I must close this letter and resume the subject in another number, In the Bonds of the New and Everlasting Covenant. Joseph Smith Jr
3 October 1835 • Saturday
High council. 3. October 3d I attended the high Council to investigate charges preferred [p. 626]
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