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

  • Source Note
  • Historical Introduction
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<November 6. Nothing but a man.> returned and spent the evening at home. I was this morning introduced to a man from the East. After hearing my name he remarked that I was nothing but a man, indicating by this expression that he had supposed that a person to whom the Lord should see fit to reveal his will must be something more than a man. He seems to have forgotten the saying that fell from the lips of St James, that Elias was a man of like passions like unto us, yet he had such power with God that he, in answer to his prayers, shut the heavens that they gave no rain for the space of three years and six months; and again, in answer to his prayer, the heavens gave forth rain and the earth brought forth fruit; and indeed, such is the darkness and ignorance of this generation, that they look upon it as incredible that a man should have any intercourse with his Maker.
7 November 1835 • Saturday
<7. Revelation for & .> Saturday 7th. Spent the day at home attending to my domestic concerns; The word of the Lord came to me saying, behold I am well pleased with my servant , and my Servant because of the integrity of their hearts, in laboring in my vineyard for the Salvation of the souls of men. Verily I say unto you their sins are forgiven them, therefore say unto them [HC 2:302] in my name, that it is my will that they should tarry for a little season and attend the school, and also the solemn assembly, for a wise purpose in me even so. Amen
8 November 1835 • Sunday
<Sunday, 8.> Sunday 8th went to meeting in the morning at the usual hour. Preached a very interesting discourse, in the <’s confession,> afternoon Preached; after preaching, came forward to make some remarks, by way of confession, he had previously been excommunicated from the church for lying, and for an attempt to seduce a female; his <not Satisfactory. spoke.> confession was not Satisfactory to my mind, and arose and made some remarks respecting the doings of the high Council in the case of said , that is that he should make a public confession of his crime and have it published in the Messenger and Advocate; he proposed that should now make his confession before the congregation, and then immediately observed that he had forgiven , which was in contradiction to the sentiment he first advanced. This I attributed to an error in judgment, not <, spoke> in design. then arose, and very abruptly militated against the sentiment of , which had a direct tendency to destroy his influence, and bring him into disrepute in the eyes of the church which was not right; He also misrepresented s’ case, and spread darkness rather than light upon the subject. A vote of the church was then called on his case and he was, [p. 636]
November 6. Nothing but a man. returned and spent the evening at home. I was this morning introduced to a man from the East. After hearing my name he remarked that I was nothing but a man, indicating by this expression that he had supposed that a person to whom the Lord should see fit to reveal his will must be something more than a man. He seems to have forgotten the saying that fell from the lips of St James, that Elias was a man of like passions like unto us, yet he had such power with God that he, in answer to his prayer, shut the heavens that they gave no rain for the space of three years and six months; and again, in answer to his prayer, the heavens gave forth rain and the earth brought forth fruit; and indeed, such is the darkness and ignorance of this generation, that they look upon it as incredible that a man should have any intercourse with his Maker.
7 November 1835 • Saturday
7. Revelation for & . Saturday 7th. Spent the day at home attending to my domestic concerns; The word of the Lord came to me saying, behold I am well pleased with my servant , and my Servant because of the integrity of their hearts, in laboring in my vineyard for the Salvation of the souls of men. Verily I say unto you their sins are forgiven them, therefore say unto them [HC 2:302] in my name, that it is my will that they should tarry for a little season and attend the school, and also the solemn assembly, for a wise purpose in me even so. Amen
8 November 1835 • Sunday
Sunday, 8. Sunday 8th went to meeting in the morning at the usual hour. Preached a very interesting discourse, in the ’s confession, afternoon Preached; after preaching, came forward to make some remarks, by way of confession, he had previously been excommunicated from the church for lying, and for an attempt to seduce a female; his not Satisfactory. spoke. confession was not Satisfactory to my mind, and arose and made some remarks respecting the doings of the high Council in the case of said , that is that he should make a public confession of his crime and have it published in the Messenger and Advocate; he proposed that should now make his confession before the congregation, and then immediately observed that he had forgiven , which was in contradiction to the sentiment he first advanced. This I attributed to an error in judgment, not , spoke in design. then arose, and very abruptly militated against the sentiment of , which had a direct tendency to destroy his influence, and bring him into disrepute in the eyes of the church which was not right; He also misrepresented s’ case, and spread darkness rather than light upon the subject. A vote of the church was then called on his case and he was, [p. 636]
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