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

  • Source Note
  • Historical Introduction
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<July 3> in their arduous undertaking; grant them success in their Mission, deliver them from the powers of darkness, the stratagems of wicked men, and all the combined powers of earth and hell. And if you, unitedly seek after unity of purpose and design, if you are men of humility, and of faithfulness, of integrity and perseverance, if you submit yourselves to the teachings of heaven, and are guided by the Spirit of God, if you at all times seek the glory of God, and the salvation of men, and lay your honor prostrate in the dust, if need be, and are willing to fulfil the purposes of God in all things; the power of the priesthood will rest upon you, and you will become mighty in testimony: the widow and the orphan will be made glad. and the poor among men rejoice in the holy one of Israel. Princes will listen to the things that you proclaim, and the nobles of the earth will attend with the deference to your words; Queens will rejoice in the glad tidings of salvation, and Kings bow to the scepter of Immanuel; light will burst forth as the morning, and intelligence spread itself as the rays of the Sun; the cringing sycophant will be ashamed, and the traitor flee from your presence; superstition will hide its hoary head, and infidelity be ashamed. And amid the clamor of men, the din of war, the rage of pestilence, the commotion of nations, the overthrow of kingdoms, and the dissolution of Empires, truth shall walk forth with mighty power <guided by the arm of Omnipotence>, and lay hold of the honest in heart among all nations: Zion shall blossom as a rose, and the nations flock to her standard, and the kingdoms of this world shall soon become the kingdoms of our God and of his Christ, and he shall reign for ever and ever. Amen. , , , , , . [HC 3:397] N. B. We have heard that a man by the name of is preaching in the , we would remark to the public, that we have withdrawn our fellowship from him, and will not stand accountable for any doctrines held forth by him, nor will we be amenable for his conduct. The minutes of a Conference will be published, mentioning the names of others, whom we have withdrawn our fellowship from.” [HC 3:398]
4 July 1839 • Thursday
<4> Thursday 4 I dictated history. To shew the situation of the Prisoners at Columbia I quote from s “persecution of the Saints” Sister [Laura Clark] Phelps, , and Sister Phelps Brother came from on horseback and visited with us for several days.
“On the Fourth of July we felt desirous as usual to celebrate the Anniversary of American Liberty. We accordingly manufactured a white flag, consisting of the half of a shirt on which was inscribed the word “Liberty”, in large letters, and also a large American Eagle was put on in red, we then obtained a pole from our jailor, and on the morning of the 4th., this flag was suspended from the front window of our prison, overhanging the public square, and floating triumphantly in the air to the full view of the Citizens who assembled by hundreds to celebrate the National Jubilee.— With this the Citizens seemed highly pleased, and sent a portion of [HC 3:399] the public dinner to us and our friends, [p. 961]
July 3 in their arduous undertaking; grant them success in their Mission, deliver them from the powers of darkness, the stratagems of wicked men, and all the combined powers of earth and hell. And if you, unitedly seek after unity of purpose and design, if you are men of humility, and of faithfulness, of integrity and perseverance, if you submit yourselves to the teachings of heaven, and are guided by the Spirit of God, if you at all times seek the glory of God, and the salvation of men, and lay your honor prostrate in the dust, if need be, and are willing to fulfil the purposes of God in all things; the power of the priesthood will rest upon you, and you will become mighty in testimony: the widow and the orphan will be made glad. and the poor among men rejoice in the holy one of Israel. Princes will listen to the things that you proclaim, and the nobles of the earth will attend with the deference to your words; Queens will rejoice in the glad tidings of salvation, and Kings bow to the scepter of Immanuel; light will burst forth as the morning, and intelligence spread itself as the rays of the Sun; the cringing sycophant will be ashamed, and the traitor flee from your presence; superstition will hide its hoary head, and infidelity be ashamed. And amid the clamor of men, the din of war, the rage of pestilence, the commotion of nations, the overthrow of kingdoms, and the dissolution of Empires, truth shall walk forth with mighty power guided by the arm of Omnipotence, and lay hold of the honest in heart among all nations: Zion shall blossom as a rose, and the nations flock to her standard, and the kingdoms of this world shall soon become the kingdoms of our God and of his Christ, and he shall reign for ever and ever. Amen. , , , , , . [HC 3:397] N. B. We have heard that a man by the name of is preaching in the , we would remark to the public, that we have withdrawn our fellowship from him, and will not stand accountable for any doctrines held forth by him, nor will we be amenable for his conduct. The minutes of a Conference will be published, mentioning the names of others, whom we have withdrawn our fellowship from.” [HC 3:398]
4 July 1839 • Thursday
4 Thursday 4 I dictated history. To shew the situation of the Prisoners at Columbia I quote from s “persecution of the Saints” Sister Laura Clark Phelps, , and Sister Phelps Brother came from on horseback and visited with us for several days.
“On the Fourth of July we felt desirous as usual to celebrate the Anniversary of American Liberty. We accordingly manufactured a white flag, consisting of the half of a shirt on which was inscribed the word “Liberty”, in large letters, and also a large American Eagle was put on in red, we then obtained a pole from our jailor, and on the morning of the 4th., this flag was suspended from the front window of our prison, overhanging the public square, and floating triumphantly in the air to the full view of the Citizens who assembled by hundreds to celebrate the National Jubilee.— With this the Citizens seemed highly pleased, and sent a portion of [HC 3:399] the public dinner to us and our friends, [p. 961]
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