History, 1838–1856, volume C-1 [2 November 1838–31 July 1842]

  • Source Note
  • Historical Introduction
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1 July 1839 • Monday

<July 1> Monday July 1. 1839. I spent principally in Counselling the brethren. This  day also the Court was called for the trial of and the brethren in  <Court adjourned> prison in Boone County, but as they were not ready for trial (all their witnesses  had been banished the ) the Court was adjourned to the Twenty third of  September

2 July 1839 • Tuesday

<2  Visit to > Tuesday 2 Spent the forenoon of this day on the side of the  Went in company with Elders , , and Bishops and  , and others to visit a purchase, lately made by as  a location for a town, and advised that a town be built there, and to be  <Conference of the  Twelve> called — P.M. Went with the Twelve and some of the  Seventies, who are about to proceed on their mission to Europe, and the Nations  of the Earth, and Islands of the Sea. The meeting was opened by singing  and prayer after which the Presidency proceeded to bless two of the Twelve,  who had lately been ordained into that Quorum viz. ,  and , and one of the Seventies, namely , after  which blessings were also pronounced by them on the heads of the Wives  of those about to go abroad. The meeting was then addressed by  President , by way of advice to the Twelve &c chiefly concerning  the nature of their mission, their practising prudence and humility in  their plans or subjects for preaching, the necessity of their not trifling  with their office, and of holding on strictly to the importance of their mission  and the authority of the Priesthood—Discourse, 2 July 1839, as Reported by Willard Richards; Discourse, 2 July 1839, as Reported by Wilford Woodruff; [I then addressed them, and gave  much instruction calculated to guard them against self sufficiency,  self-righteousness, and self importance, touching upon many subjects of  importance and value to all who wish to walk humbly before the Lord,  but especially teaching them to observe Charity, Wisdom and fellow  feeling, with Love one towards another, in all things and under all  circumstances <addenda page 9>

3 July 1839 • Wednesday

<3   baptized> Wednesday 3 I baptized Dr. and confirmed him at the  Water’s Edge, and about two hours after ordained him to the office of an Elder  P.M. I was engaged in dictating my history— About this time the Twelve  wrote the following Epistle.
“To the Elders of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter  Day Saints, to the Churches scattered abroad and to all the Saints. We the  undersigned, feeling deeply interested in the welfare of Zion, the up building of  the Church of Christ and the welfare of the Saints in General, send unto you  Greeting:— and pray that “grace, mercy, and peace, may rest upon you, from  God, our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ”— But brethren, the situation of  things as they have of late existed, have been to us of a peculiar trying nature.  Many of you have been driven from your homes, robbed of your possessions,  and deprived of the liberty of conscience; you have been stripped of your  clothing, plundered of your Furniture, robbed of your horses, your cattle, your  sheep, your hogs, and refused the protection of law; you have been subject to insult  and abuse, from a set of lawless miscreants; you have had to endure cold,  nakedness, peril, and sword; your wives and your children have been deprived of [p. 957]

1 July 1839 • Monday

July 1 Monday July 1. 1839. I spent principally in Counselling the brethren. This day also the Court was called for the trial of and the brethren in Court adjourned prison in Boone County, but as they were not ready for trial (all their witnesses had been banished the ) the Court was adjourned to the Twenty third of September

2 July 1839 • Tuesday

2 Visit to Tuesday 2 Spent the forenoon of this day on the side of the Went in company with Elders , , and Bishops and , and others to visit a purchase, lately made by as a location for a town, and advised that a town be built there, and to be Conference of the Twelve called — P.M. Went with the Twelve and some of the Seventies, who are about to proceed on their mission to Europe, and the Nations of the Earth, and Islands of the Sea. The meeting was opened by singing and prayer after which the Presidency proceeded to bless two of the Twelve, who had lately been ordained into that Quorum viz. , and , and one of the Seventies, namely , after which blessings were also pronounced by them on the heads of the Wives of those about to go abroad. The meeting was then addressed by President , by way of advice to the Twelve &c chiefly concerning the nature of their mission, their practising prudence and humility in their plans or subjects for preaching, the necessity of their not trifling with their office, and of holding on strictly to the importance of their mission and the authority of the Priesthood—Discourse, 2 July 1839, as Reported by Willard Richards; Discourse, 2 July 1839, as Reported by Wilford Woodruff; [I then addressed them, and gave much instruction calculated to guard them against self sufficiency, self-righteousness, and self importance, touching upon many subjects of importance and value to all who wish to walk humbly before the Lord, but especially teaching them to observe Charity, Wisdom and fellow feeling, with Love one towards another, in all things and under all circumstances addenda page 9

3 July 1839 • Wednesday

3 baptized Wednesday 3 I baptized Dr. and confirmed him at the Water’s Edge, and about two hours after ordained him to the office of an Elder P.M. I was engaged in dictating my history— About this time the Twelve wrote the following Epistle.
“To the Elders of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, to the Churches scattered abroad and to all the Saints. We the undersigned, feeling deeply interested in the welfare of Zion, the up building of the Church of Christ and the welfare of the Saints in General, send unto you Greeting:— and pray that “grace, mercy, and peace, may rest upon you, from God, our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ”— But brethren, the situation of things as they have of late existed, have been to us of a peculiar trying nature. Many of you have been driven from your homes, robbed of your possessions, and deprived of the liberty of conscience; you have been stripped of your clothing, plundered of your Furniture, robbed of your horses, your cattle, your sheep, your hogs, and refused the protection of law; you have been subject to insult and abuse, from a set of lawless miscreants; you have had to endure cold, nakedness, peril, and sword; your wives and your children have been deprived of [p. 957]
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