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

  • Source Note
  • Historical Introduction
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imprisoned, and came out about four months since. After some  <November 9.> equivocating he confessed that he really was . After supper I  proposed that he should deliver a lecture to us; he did so sitting in  his chair. He commenced by saying God said let there be light and  there was light, which he dwelt upon through his discourse. He made  some very excellent remarks but his mind was evidently filled with  darkness. after the congregation dispersed, he conversed freely upon  the circumstances that transpired in . His name is . He says that Joshua is his priestly name, during all this  time I did not contradict his sentiments, wishing to draw out all  that I could concerning his faith. of came to ask  advice of me whether he had better purchase lands in this vicinity, as  he cannot arrange his business to go to next spring. I advised  him to come here and settle until he could move to Zion.

10–11 November 1835 • Tuesday–Wednesday

<10.  Conversation  with .> Tuesday 10th I resumed conversation with , and desired  him to enlighten my mind more on his views respecting the  resurrection. He said that the he possesses the spirit of his fathers, that  he is a literal descendant of Matthias the Apostle that was cho sen in the place of Judas that fell, and that his spirit is  resurrected in him, and that this is the way or scheme of Eternal  life. This transmigration of soul or spirit from father to son.” I told  him that his doctrine was of the Devil, that he was in reality in pos session of a wicked and depraved spirit, although he professed  to be the spirit of truth itself, and he said also that he possessed  <11> the spirit of soul of Christ. He tarried until Wednesday, 11th.  After Breakfast when I told him that my God told me. that his  <Devil cast out.> God was the Devil, and I could not keep him any longer, and  he must depart, and so I for once, cast out the Devil in  bodily shape, and I beleive a murderer, . . . . . . . Attended school  during school hours. spent the evening around my fireside, teaching  my family the science of grammar. It commenced snowing this  afternoon, wind very heavy.

12 November 1835 • Thursday

<12.> Thursday 12th. Attended school again, during school hours, rain  and snow still falling, snow about one inch in depth. and wind  very heavy, the weather extremely unpleasant. The laborers who  commenced finishing the outside of the , were obliged  to break off from their business at the commencement of this  storm, on the 11th. instant. This evening, at 6 o’clock met with  <Met with the  Council of the  Twelve, and  addressed them.> The council of the twelve by their request. Nine of them were pres ent. Council opened by singing and prayer, and I made some  remarks, as follows; I am happy in the enjoyment of this opportu nity of meeting with this council on this occasion. I am satis fied that the spirit of the Lord is here, and I am satisfied with  all the brethren present, and I need not say that you have  my utmost confidence, and that I intend to uphold you to  the uttermost, for I am well aware that you have to sustain  my character against the vile calumnies and reproaches  of this ungodly generation, and that you delight in so doing. [p. 639]
imprisoned, and came out about four months since. After some November 9. equivocating he confessed that he really was . After supper I proposed that he should deliver a lecture to us; he did so sitting in his chair. He commenced by saying God said let there be light and there was light, which he dwelt upon through his discourse. He made some very excellent remarks but his mind was evidently filled with darkness. after the congregation dispersed, he conversed freely upon the circumstances that transpired in . His name is . He says that Joshua is his priestly name, during all this time I did not contradict his sentiments, wishing to draw out all that I could concerning his faith. of came to ask advice of me whether he had better purchase lands in this vicinity, as he cannot arrange his business to go to next spring. I advised him to come here and settle until he could move to Zion.

10–11 November 1835 • Tuesday–Wednesday

10. Conversation with . Tuesday 10th I resumed conversation with , and desired him to enlighten my mind more on his views respecting the resurrection. He said that he possesses the spirit of his fathers, that he is a literal descendant of Matthias the Apostle that was chosen in the place of Judas that fell, and that his spirit is resurrected in him, and that this is the way or scheme of Eternal life. This transmigration of soul or spirit from father to son.” I told him that his doctrine was of the Devil, that he was in reality in possession of a wicked and depraved spirit, although he professed to be the spirit of truth itself, and he said also that he possessed 11 the soul of Christ. He tarried until Wednesday, 11th. After Breakfast when I told him that my God told me. that his Devil cast out. God was the Devil, and I could not keep him any longer, and he must depart, and so I for once, cast out the Devil in bodily shape, and I beleive a murderer, . . . . . . . Attended school during school hours. spent the evening around my fireside, teaching my family the science of grammar. It commenced snowing this afternoon, wind very heavy.

12 November 1835 • Thursday

12. Thursday 12th. Attended school again, during school hours, rain and snow still falling, snow about one inch in depth. and wind very heavy, the weather extremely unpleasant. The laborers who commenced finishing the outside of the , were obliged to break off from their business at the commencement of this storm, on the 11th. instant. This evening, at 6 o’clock met with Met with the Council of the Twelve, and addressed them. The council of the twelve by their request. Nine of them were present. Council opened by singing and prayer, and I made some remarks, as follows; I am happy in the enjoyment of this opportunity of meeting with this council on this occasion. I am satisfied that the spirit of the Lord is here, and I am satisfied with all the brethren present, and I need not say that you have my utmost confidence, and that I intend to uphold you to the uttermost, for I am well aware that you have to sustain my character against the vile calumnies and reproaches of this ungodly generation, and that you delight in so doing. [p. 639]
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