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

  • Source Note
  • Historical Introduction
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<May 14> respect to publishing any other work either original, or those which have been  published before, you will be governed by circumstances; if you think  necessary to do so I shall have no objections whatever. It will be well to study  plainness and simplicity in whatever you publish “for my soul delighteth  in plainness”. I feel much pleased with the Spirit of your letter, and be  assured Dear Brethren of my hearty co-operation, and my prayers for your welfare and  success. In answer to your enquiry in a former letter, relative to the duty of the  Seventies in regulating Churches &c. I say that the duties of the Seventies, are more  particularly to preach the Gospel, and build up Churches, rather than regulate them,  that a high priest may take charge of them. If a high priest should be remiss in his duty,  and should lead, or suffer the Church to be led astray; depart from the Ordinances of the  Lord, then it is the duty of one of the Seventies, acting under the special direction of the Twelve—  being duly commissioned by them with their delegated authority, to go to that church and if agreeable to a  majority of the members of said Church to proceed to regulate and put in order the same, otherwise he can have  <no authority to act— Josh. Smith Jr.”>

15 May 1840 • Friday

<15> Friday
“To the of the Millenial Star— Ledbury Herefordshire May 15  1840. Beloved Brother— Two weeks ago this day, I parted with Brothers and   in this place, taking different locations in this part of the vineyard,  originally opened by , and after visiting various places in  Herefordshire, Worcestershire, and Gloucestershire preaching daily, talking night  and day, and administering the ordinances of the Gospel as directed by the Spirit;  we have again this day found ourselves together, and Elder [Thomas] Kington in our midst;  (he is devoted wholly to the ministry) and by comparing minutes, we find there  have been in these two weeks about 112 baptized; 200 confirmed; 2 Elders, about 20  Priests, and 1 Teacher ordained— and the Church in these regions now numbers  about 320. The branches are small, the brethren much scattered, consequently  the field is so large that the reapers cannot call to each other from side to  side; neither can they often see each other without a telescope. There are many  doors open which we cannot fill; calls for preaching on almost every hand  which we cannot answer. Oh! that the Saints would pray to the Lord of the harvest to  send forth laborers. I have this day received a letter from my Sister in  (North America) giving me the intelligence of the death of my aged father; and also that the  work of the Lord is rolling forth in that part of the Land. Such intelligence from our native  land, makes our hearts rejoice even in affliction. Your brother in the E. Covt.  .”

17 May 1840 • Sunday

<17> Elders , and , held conference with the Saints at  Gadfield Elm Chapel on Sunday 17. and

18–20 May 1840 • Monday–Wednesday

<18> Monday 18 met the brethren at Elder [Thomas] Kington’s, where they had a tea party,  praying, singing, confirming, ordaining, and about twenty were baptised, thus they  <20> continued their labors from place to place until Wednesday the 20th., when  they found themselves with one accord on the top of “The Herefordshire Beacon”  and within the old fortification, when after prayer, they expressed their feelings  concerning the business of the Church; which were (as they had obtained money  <from Elder & other brethren> for printing the Hymn Book, and in part sufficient for the Book of Mormon) that   repair immediately to Manchester, and join his brethren, previously [p. 1059]
May 14 respect to publishing any other work either original, or those which have been published before, you will be governed by circumstances; if you think necessary to do so I shall have no objections whatever. It will be well to study plainness and simplicity in whatever you publish “for my soul delighteth in plainness”. I feel much pleased with the Spirit of your letter, and be assured Dear Brethren of my hearty co-operation, and my prayers for your welfare and success. In answer to your enquiry in a former letter, relative to the duty of the Seventies in regulating Churches &c. I say that the duties of the Seventies, are more particularly to preach the Gospel, and build up Churches, rather than regulate them, that a high priest may take charge of them. If a high priest should be remiss in his duty, and should lead, or suffer the Church to be led astray; depart from the Ordinances of the Lord, then it is the duty of one of the Seventies, acting under the special direction of the Twelve— being duly commissioned by them with their delegated authority, to go to that church and if agreeable to a majority of the members of said Church to proceed to regulate and put in order the same, otherwise he can have no authority to act— Josh. Smith Jr.”

15 May 1840 • Friday

15 Friday
“To the of the Millenial Star— Ledbury Herefordshire May 15 1840. Beloved Brother— Two weeks ago this day, I parted with Brothers and in this place, taking different locations in this part of the vineyard, originally opened by , and after visiting various places in Herefordshire, Worcestershire, and Gloucestershire preaching daily, talking night and day, and administering the ordinances of the Gospel as directed by the Spirit; we have again this day found ourselves together, and Elder Thomas Kington in our midst; (he is devoted wholly to the ministry) and by comparing minutes, we find there have been in these two weeks about 112 baptized; 200 confirmed; 2 Elders, about 20 Priests, and 1 Teacher ordained— and the Church in these regions now numbers about 320. The branches are small, the brethren much scattered, consequently the field is so large that the reapers cannot call to each other from side to side; neither can they often see each other without a telescope. There are many doors open which we cannot fill; calls for preaching on almost every hand which we cannot answer. Oh! that the Saints would pray to the Lord of the harvest to send forth laborers. I have this day received a letter from my Sister in (North America) giving me the intelligence of the death of my aged father; and also that the work of the Lord is rolling forth in that part of the Land. Such intelligence from our native land, makes our hearts rejoice even in affliction. Your brother in the E. Covt. .”

17 May 1840 • Sunday

17 Elders , and , held conference with the Saints at Gadfield Elm Chapel on Sunday 17. and

18–20 May 1840 • Monday–Wednesday

18 Monday 18 met the brethren at Elder Thomas Kington’s, where they had a tea party, praying, singing, confirming, ordaining, and about twenty were baptised, thus they 20 continued their labors from place to place until Wednesday the 20th., when they found themselves with one accord on the top of “The Herefordshire Beacon” and within the old fortification, when after prayer, they expressed their feelings concerning the business of the Church; which were (as they had obtained money from Elder & other brethren for printing the Hymn Book, and in part sufficient for the Book of Mormon) that repair immediately to Manchester, and join his brethren, previously [p. 1059]
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