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

  • Source Note
  • Historical Introduction
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< April 6> made some observations on the business of the Conference— exhorted the  brethren who had charges to make against individuals, and made some  very appropriate remarks respecting “pulling the beam out of their own eye,  that they might see more clearly the mote which was in their brother’s eye.  A letter was read from the Presidents of the Seventies, wishing for an explanation  of the steps which the High Council had taken, in removing Elder , from the Quorum of the Seventies to that of the High  Priest’s without any other ordination, than he had when in the Quorum of  the Seventies, and wished to know whether, those ordained into the Seventies  at the time was, had a right to the High Priesthood or not,  Several persons spoke on the subject, after which the President gave a  statement of the authority of the Seventies, and said they were Elders,  and not High Priests, and consequently had no claim to  the High Priesthood— On motion— resolved that Elder be placed back into the Quorum of the Seventies. On motion  resolved that the Conference adjourn until two o’clock.
Conference met pursuant to adjournment— Prayer by Elder  — Elder presented charges against brother  D[avid] W. Rogers for compiling a Hymn Book, and selling it as the one  compiled and published by Sister — Secondly for writing  a private letter to casting reflections on the character of  Elder , and thirdly for administering Medicine unskilfully  which had a bad effect. On motion resolved that as Brother Rogers  is not present, that his case be laid over until tomorrow. Elder John  Lawson then came forward and stated, that in consequence of some  difficulty existing in the branch of the Church where he resided,  respecting the word of wisdom, fellowship had been withdrawn from him,  and also from brother Thomas S. Edwards. After hearing the particulars.  on motion resolved that John Lawson and Thomas S. Edwards be restored  to fellowship. Elder addressed the Conference at some length,  and stated that it had been prophesied, some years ago, that he had a  great work to perform among the Jews; and that he had recently been  moved upon by the Spirit of the Lord to visit that people, and gather up  all the information he could, respecting their movements, expectations &c,  and communicate the same to this Church, and to the nation at large,  stating that he intended to visit the Jews in , London, and Amsterdam  and then visit Constantinople and the Holy Land. On motion, resolved that  Elder proceed on his mission to the Jews, and that letters of recommend ation be given him signed by the President and of the Conference.  Elder then rose, and spoke with much force on the subject of ’s mission, the gathering of the Jews, and restoration of the house of Israel,  proving in a short but convincing manner from the Bible, Book of Mormon and the  Book of Doctrine and Covenants that these things must take place and that the time  had nearly arrived for their accomplishment. Adjourned until tomorrow morning 9 o’clock [p. 1043]
April 6 made some observations on the business of the Conference— exhorted the brethren who had charges to make against individuals, and made some very appropriate remarks respecting “pulling the beam out of their own eye, that they might see more clearly the mote which was in their brother’s eye. On motion resolved that the Conference adjourn until two o’clock.
Conference met pursuant to adjournment— Prayer by Elder — Elder presented charges against brother David W. Rogers for compiling a Hymn Book, and selling it as the one compiled and published by Sister — Secondly for writing a private letter to casting reflections on the character of Elder , and thirdly for administering Medicine unskilfully which had a bad effect. On motion resolved that as Brother Rogers is not present, that his case be laid over until tomorrow. Elder John Lawson then came forward and stated, that in consequence of some difficulty existing in the branch of the Church where he resided, respecting the word of wisdom, fellowship had been withdrawn from him, and also from brother Thomas S. Edwards. After hearing the particulars. on motion resolved that John Lawson and Thomas S. Edwards be restored to fellowship. Elder addressed the Conference at some length, and stated that it had been prophesied, some years ago, that he had a great work to perform among the Jews; and that he had recently been moved upon by the Spirit of the Lord to visit that people, and gather up all the information he could, respecting their movements, expectations &c, and communicate the same to this Church, and to the nation at large, stating that he intended to visit the Jews in , London, and Amsterdam and then visit Constantinople and the Holy Land. On motion, resolved that Elder proceed on his mission to the Jews, and that letters of recommendation be given him signed by the President and of the Conference. Elder then rose, and spoke with much force on the subject of ’s mission, the gathering of the Jews, and restoration of the house of Israel, proving in a short but convincing manner from the Bible, Book of Mormon and the Book of Doctrine and Covenants that these things must take place and that the time had nearly arrived for their accomplishment. Adjourned until tomorrow morning 9 o’clock [p. 1043]
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