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

  • Source Note
  • Historical Introduction
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<September> a house for the worship of our God, where the ordinances can be attended to agreeably to his divine will, in this region of country; to accomplish which, considerable exertion must be made, means will be required; and as the work must be hastened in righteousness, it behooves the Saints, to weigh the importance of these things, in their minds, in all their bearings, and then take such steps as are necessary to carry them into operation; and arm themselves with courage, resolve to do all they can, and feel themselves as much interested, as though the whole labor depended on themselves alone; by so doing they will emulate the glorious deeds of the Fathers, and secure the blessings of heaven upon themselves and their posterity to the latest generation. To those who feel thus interested, and can assist in this great work, we say, let them come to this place; by so doing they will not only assist in the rolling of the kingdom, but be in a situation where they can have the advantages of instruction from the Presidency and other authorities of the Church, and rise higher and higher in the scale of intelligence, until they “can comprehend with all Saints the length and breadth and depth and height, and know the love of God which passeth knowledge.” [HC 4:186]
Connected with the building up of the kingdom, is the printing and circulation of the Book of Mormon, Doctrine and Covenants, Hymn Book, and the new translation of <the> Scriptures. It is unnecessary to say any thing respecting these works; those who have read them, and who have drank of the stream of knowledge, which they convey, know how to appreciate them, and although fools may have them in derision, yet they are calculated to make men wise unto Salvation, and sweep away the cobwebs of superstition of ages, throw a light on the proceedings of Jehovah which have already been accomplished, and mark out the future in all its dreadful and glorious realities; those who have tasted the benefit derived from a study of those works, will undoubtedly vie with each other on their zeal for sending them abroad throughout the world, that every son of Adam may enjoy the same privileges and rejoice in the same truths. Here then, beloved brethren is a work to engage in, worthy of arch-angels; a work which will cast into the shade the things which have been heretofore accomplished; a work which Kings and prophets, and righteous men in former ages have sought, expected, and earnestly desired to see, but died without the sight: and well will it be for those” who shall aid, in carrying into effect the mighty operations of Jehovah. By order of the First Presidency — Scribe.”
5–6 September 1840 • Saturday–Sunday
<5> Saturday 5. High Council met at my Office
“Joseph Smith Junr. preferred charges against Elder , predicated on the authority of two letters, one from , the other from and accusing as follows 1st. for stating that Joseph Smith Junr. had extravagantly purchased three suits of Clothes while he was at , and that had purchased four suits at the same place, besides dresses and clothes for their families in profusion. 2nd. For having stated that Joseph Smith Junr., , and had said that they were worth one hundred thousand dollars each, while they were at , and that Joseph Smith [HC 4:187] Junr. had repeated the same statement while in ; and for saying that had stated, that [p. 1093]
September a house for the worship of our God, where the ordinances can be attended to agreeably to his divine will, in this region of country; to accomplish which, considerable exertion must be made, means will be required; and as the work must be hastened in righteousness, it behooves the Saints, to weigh the importance of these things, in their minds, in all their bearings, and then take such steps as are necessary to carry them into operation; and arm themselves with courage, resolve to do all they can, and feel themselves as much interested, as though the whole labor depended on themselves alone; by so doing they will emulate the glorious deeds of the Fathers, and secure the blessings of heaven upon themselves and their posterity to the latest generation. To those who feel thus interested, and can assist in this great work, we say, let them come to this place; by so doing they will not only assist in the rolling of the kingdom, but be in a situation where they can have the advantages of instruction from the Presidency and other authorities of the Church, and rise higher and higher in the scale of intelligence, until they “can comprehend with all Saints the length and breadth and depth and height, and know the love of God which passeth knowledge.” [HC 4:186]
Connected with the building up of the kingdom, is the printing and circulation of the Book of Mormon, Doctrine and Covenants, Hymn Book, and the new translation of the Scriptures. It is unnecessary to say any thing respecting these works; those who have read them, and who have drank of the stream of knowledge, which they convey, know how to appreciate them, and although fools may have them in derision, yet they are calculated to make men wise unto Salvation, and sweep away the cobwebs of superstition of ages, throw a light on the proceedings of Jehovah which have already been accomplished, and mark out the future in all its dreadful and glorious realities; those who have tasted the benefit derived from a study of those works, will undoubtedly vie with each other on their zeal for sending them abroad throughout the world, that every son of Adam may enjoy the same privileges and rejoice in the same truths. Here then, beloved brethren is a work to engage in, worthy of arch-angels; a work which will cast into the shade the things which have been heretofore accomplished; a work which Kings and prophets, and righteous men in former ages have sought, expected, and earnestly desired to see, but died without the sight: and well will it be for those” who shall aid, in carrying into effect the mighty operations of Jehovah. By order of the First Presidency — Scribe.”
5–6 September 1840 • Saturday–Sunday
5 Saturday 5. High Council met at my Office
“Joseph Smith Junr. preferred charges against Elder , predicated on the authority of two letters, one from , the other from and accusing as follows 1st. for stating that Joseph Smith Junr. had extravagantly purchased three suits of Clothes while he was at , and that had purchased four suits at the same place, besides dresses and clothes for their families in profusion. 2nd. For having stated that Joseph Smith Junr., , and had said that they were worth one hundred thousand dollars each, while they were at , and that Joseph Smith [HC 4:187] Junr. had repeated the same statement while in ; and for saying that had stated, that [p. 1093]
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