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

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and then he should relate his story and make confession wherein he  <October 31.> had done wrong, and then leave it to Brother and , to decide the matter between us, and I would agree to the de cision, and be satisfied therewith: He observed that he had not  done wrong, and that I was always determined to carry my points  whether right or wrong, and therefore he would not stand an equal  chance with me. This was an insult, but I did not reply to him in  a harsh manner, knowing his inflammatory disposition; but tried to  reason with him, and show him the propriety of a compliance with  my request. I finally succeeded with the assistance of  in obtaining his assent to the proposition that I had made. I then  related my story, and wherein I had been wrong I confessed it and  asked his forgiveness. After I got through, he made his statements,  justifying himself throughout in transgressing the order of the  council, and treating the authority of the Presidency with contempt  After he had got through, began to make some re marks. in the spirit of meekness; he () became enraged; I joined   in trying to calm his stormy feelings, but to no  purpose; he insisted that we intended to add abuse to injury,  his passion increased, he arose abruptly and declared that he  wanted no more to do with us. He rushed out at the door;  we tried to prevail on him to stop, but all to no purpose: he  went away in a passion, and soon sent his licence to me. He  went home and spread the leaven of iniquity among my  brethren, and especially prejudiced the mind of .  I soon learned that he was in the street exclaiming against me,  which, no doubt, our enemies rejoice at, and where the matter  will end I know not: but I pray God to forgive him and them,  and give them humility and repentance. The feelings of my  heart I cannot express on this occasion, I can only pray my  heavenly Father to open their eyes, that they may discover where  they stand, that they may extricate themselves from the snare  <Rode to &c..> they have fallen into. After Dinner I rode out in company  with and children, , and some others.  We visited and family who live near  : we had an interesting visit. As soon as I  <Saml. Whitney Bapd.> returned, I was called upon to Baptize Samuel Whitney and  his wife and daughter. After baptism we returned to their  house, and offered our thanks, in prayer. I obtained a  testimony that would return to the church  and repair the wrong he had done.

1 November 1835 • Sunday

<November 1.  Revelation for  .> Sunday Morning, November 1st 1835, verily thus Saith the  Lord unto me his servant, Joseph Smith Jr,— mine anger is kind led against my servant because of his iniquities,  his covetous and dishonest principles, in himself and family, and  he doth not purge them away. and set his house in order; therefore  if he repent not, chastisement awaiteth him, even as it seemeth  good in my sight; therefore go and declare unto him these words. [p. 633]
and then he should relate his story and make confession wherein he October 31. had done wrong, and then leave it to Brother and , to decide the matter between us, and I would agree to the decision, and be satisfied therewith: He observed that he had not done wrong, and that I was always determined to carry my points whether right or wrong, and therefore he would not stand an equal chance with me. This was an insult, but I did not reply to him in a harsh manner, knowing his inflammatory disposition; but tried to reason with him, and show him the propriety of a compliance with my request. I finally succeeded with the assistance of in obtaining his assent to the proposition that I had made. I then related my story, and wherein I had been wrong I confessed it and asked his forgiveness. After I got through, he made his statements, justifying himself throughout in transgressing the order of the council, and treating the authority of the Presidency with contempt After he had got through, began to make some remarks. in the spirit of meekness; he () became enraged; I joined in trying to calm his stormy feelings, but to no purpose; he insisted that we intended to add abuse to injury, his passion increased, he arose abruptly and declared that he wanted no more to do with us. He rushed out at the door; we tried to prevail on him to stop, but all to no purpose: he went away in a passion, and soon sent his licence to me. He went home and spread the leaven of iniquity among my brethren, and especially prejudiced the mind of . I soon learned that he was in the street exclaiming against me, which, no doubt, our enemies rejoice at, and where the matter will end I know not: but I pray God to forgive him and them, and give them humility and repentance. The feelings of my heart I cannot express on this occasion, I can only pray my heavenly Father to open their eyes, that they may discover where they stand, that they may extricate themselves from the snare Rode to &c.. they have fallen into. After Dinner I rode out in company with and children, , and some others. We visited and family who live near : we had an interesting visit. As soon as I Saml. Whitney Bapd. returned, I was called upon to Baptize Samuel Whitney and his wife and daughter. After baptism we returned to their house, and offered our thanks, in prayer. I obtained a testimony that would return to the church and repair the wrong he had done.

1 November 1835 • Sunday

November 1. Revelation for . Sunday Morning, November 1st 1835, verily thus Saith the Lord unto me his servant, Joseph Smith Jr,— mine anger is kindled against my servant because of his iniquities, his covetous and dishonest principles, in himself and family, and he doth not purge them away. and set his house in order; therefore if he repent not, chastisement awaiteth him, even as it seemeth good in my sight; therefore go and declare unto him these words. [p. 633]
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