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

  • Source Note
  • Historical Introduction
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<July 15> the truth of the assertion, which proves to me who ought to preach, and that none ought, without they are called by Revelation. Give my love to all the Saints, and tell them that as many as remain faithful I will meet them at , bringing my sheaves with me. Tell them my faith is fixed, and my resolution is strong to meet you all there whom I love in the Lord. Pray that a Door may be opened, and a gift of utterance may be given unto me in a foreign land to preach the Gospel. Brethren, sorrow not for me, as those that have no hope, for we have a hope of living and eating together in the kingdom of our God—”
17 July 1840 • Friday
<17> Friday 17. <By my suggestion the> High Council voted, — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — that and go on a mission to procure money for printing certain books.
18 July 1840 • Saturday
<18> Saturday 18 was ordained Bishop—
19 July 1840 • Sunday
<19> Sunday 19 An answer to ’s letter of the 7th. May was sent by Lorenzo Snow which gave [HC 4:161] the <Twelve> permission to publish the Book of Mormon, Doctrine and Covenants, and Hymn Book, but not to ordain any into the Quorum of the Seventies; and likewise some general instructions—
20 July 1840 • Monday
<20> Monday 20. Elder writes from Burslem “I had the pleasure of ordaining an Elder, William Barratt, a day or two after my return from Conference, who is now on his way for South Australia”—
<Elder John Moon and Company arrive in , being the first arrival of Saints in .>
22 July 1840 • Wednesday
, Hancock County, Ill. July 22. 1840. Dear — I must say that it is with no ordinary feelings, I endeavor to write a few lines to you in answer to yours of the 29th. ultimo, at the same time I am rejoiced at the privilege granted me. [HC 4:162] You may in some measure realize what my feelings as well as ’s and ’s were when we read your letter, truly our hearts were melted into tenderness and compassion when we ascertained your resolves &c—
I can assure you I feel a disposition to act on your case in a manner that will meet the approbation of Jehovah (whose servant I am) and agreeably to the principles of truth and righteousness which have been revealed, and inasmuch as long suffering patience and mercy have ever characterized the dealings of our heavenly Father towards the humble and penitent, I feel disposed to copy the example, — — — — cherish the same principles; <and> by so doing, be a Savior of my fellow men— It is true, that we have suffered much in consequence of your behavior— the cup of gall already full enough for mortals to drink, was indeed filled to overflowing when you turned against us. One with whom we had oft taken sweet Council together, and enjoyed many refreshing Seasons from the Lord “Had it been an enemy we could have borne it.” In the day that thou stoodest on the other side, in the day when strangers carried away captive his forces, and foreigners entered into his Gates, and cast lots upon , even thou wast as one of them but thou shouldst not have looked on the day of thy brother, in the day that he became a stranger, neither shouldst thou have spoken proudly in the day of distress.”
However the Cup has been drunk, the will of our Heavenly Father has been done, and we are yet alive for which we thank the Lord. And having been delivered from [p. 1082]
July 15 the truth of the assertion, which proves to me who ought to preach, and that none ought, without they are called by Revelation. Give my love to all the Saints, and tell them that as many as remain faithful I will meet them at , bringing my sheaves with me. Tell them my faith is fixed, and my resolution is strong to meet you all there whom I love in the Lord. Pray that a Door may be opened, and a gift of utterance may be given unto me in a foreign land to preach the Gospel. Brethren, sorrow not for me, as those that have no hope, for we have a hope of living and eating together in the kingdom of our God—”
17 July 1840 • Friday
17 Friday 17. By my suggestion the High Council voted, — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — that and go on a mission to procure money for printing certain books.
18 July 1840 • Saturday
18 Saturday 18 was ordained Bishop—
19 July 1840 • Sunday
19 Sunday 19 An answer to ’s letter of the 7th. May was sent by Lorenzo Snow which gave [HC 4:161] the Twelve permission to publish the Book of Mormon, Doctrine and Covenants, and Hymn Book, but not to ordain any into the Quorum of the Seventies; and likewise some general instructions—
20 July 1840 • Monday
20 Monday 20.
Elder John Moon and Company arrive in , being the first arrival of Saints in .
22 July 1840 • Wednesday
, Hancock County, Ill. July 22. 1840. Dear — I must say that it is with no ordinary feelings, I endeavor to write a few lines to you in answer to yours of the 29th. ultimo, at the same time I am rejoiced at the privilege granted me. [HC 4:162] You may in some measure realize what my feelings as well as ’s and ’s were when we read your letter, truly our hearts were melted into tenderness and compassion when we ascertained your resolves &c—
I can assure you I feel a disposition to act on your case in a manner that will meet the approbation of Jehovah (whose servant I am) and agreeably to the principles of truth and righteousness which have been revealed, and inasmuch as long suffering patience and mercy have ever characterized the dealings of our heavenly Father towards the humble and penitent, I feel disposed to copy the example, — — — — cherish the same principles; and by so doing, be a Savior of my fellow men— It is true, that we have suffered much in consequence of your behavior— the cup of gall already full enough for mortals to drink, was indeed filled to overflowing when you turned against us. One with whom we had oft taken sweet Council together, and enjoyed many refreshing Seasons from the Lord “Had it been an enemy we could have borne it.” In the day that thou stoodest on the other side, in the day when strangers carried away captive his forces, and foreigners entered into his Gates, and cast lots upon , even thou wast as one of them but thou shouldst not have looked on the day of thy brother, in the day that he became a stranger, neither shouldst thou have spoken proudly in the day of distress.”
However the Cup has been drunk, the will of our Heavenly Father has been done, and we are yet alive for which we thank the Lord. And having been delivered from [p. 1082]
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