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

  • Source Note
  • Historical Introduction
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<April 6> Elder appealed powerfully to the meeting, and covenanted with the Saints present in a bond of mutual prayer during his mission to and the East, which was sustained on the part of the hearers with a hearty. Amen. Elder remarked respecting the rich cake of which they had been partaking, he considered it a type of the good things of that land from whence it came, and from whence they had received the fulness of the gospel. The number of official members’ present at this Conference was then taken, viz:— Quorum of the Twelve Apostles — — — — 9. Patriarchs 2. High Priests 16. Quorum of the Seventies 2. Elders 31. Priests 28. Teachers 17. Deacons 2. Elders and , then sung the hymn, “Adieu my dear brethren,” &c and blessed the Congregation, and dismissed them. , Chairman.— Thomas Ward, Clerk.” [HC 4:335]
7 April 1841 • Wednesday
<7> “Minutes of the General Conference of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints held at — — , — — Ill. on the seventh day of April, — — — — — one thousand eight hundred and forty one— — — — — at 10 o’clock A.M. <when> the names of the presidents of the several quorums were called who took their seats on the stand, and their Counsellors — — — — — — — — — in front. The meeting was — — — — called to order, — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — <choir> sung a hymn, and — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — <prayer> by . The — — — then — — — — — read the report of the First Presidency, — — — — — — — as follows
Report of the First Presidency.
The Presidency of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, feel great pleasure in assembling with the Saints at another general Conference, under circumstances so auspicious and cheering; and with grateful hearts to Almighty God for his providential regard, they cordially unite with the Saints, on this occasion, in ascribing honor, — — — glory, and blessing to his holy name. It is with unfeigned pleasure that they have to make known, the steady and rapid increase of the Church in this , the and Europe. The anxiety to become acquainted with the principles of the gospel, on every hand, is intense, and the cry of “come over and help us”, is reaching the elders on the wings of every wind, while thousands who have heard the gospel, have become obedient thereto, and are rejoicing in its gifts and blessings— Prejudice with its attendant train of evils, is giving way before the force of truth, whose benign rays are penetrating the nations afar off. The reports from the Twelve <Apostles> in Europe are very satisfactory, and state that the work continues to progress with unparallelled rapidity and that the harvest is truly great.
In the Eastern States the faithful laborers are successful, and many are flocking to the standard of truth. [HC 4:336] Nor is the South keeping back— churches have been raised up in the Southern and Western states, and a very pressing invitation has been received from for some of the Elders to visit that , which has been complied with. In our own and immediate neighborhood, many are avowing their attachment to the principles of our holy religion, and have become obedient to the faith. Peace and prosperity attend us; and we have favor in the sight of God and virtuous men. The time was, when we were looked upon as deceivers, and that Mormonism would soon pass away, come to nought, and be forgotten. [p. 1189]
April 6 Elder appealed powerfully to the meeting, and covenanted with the Saints present in a bond of mutual prayer during his mission to and the East, which was sustained on the part of the hearers with a hearty. Amen. Elder remarked respecting the rich cake of which they had been partaking, he considered it a type of the good things of that land from whence it came, and from whence they had received the fulness of the gospel. The number of official members’ present at this Conference was then taken, viz:— Quorum of the Twelve Apostles — — — — 9. Patriarchs 2. High Priests 16. Quorum of the Seventies 2. Elders 31. Priests 28. Teachers 17. Deacons 2. Elders and , then sung the hymn, “Adieu my dear brethren,” &c and blessed the Congregation, and dismissed them. , Chairman.— Thomas Ward, Clerk.” [HC 4:335]
7 April 1841 • Wednesday
7 “Minutes of the General Conference of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints held at — — , — — Ill. on the seventh day of April, — — — — — one thousand eight hundred and forty one— — — — — at 10 o’clock A.M. when the names of the presidents of the several quorums were called who took their seats on the stand, and their Counsellors — — — — — — — — — in front. The meeting was — — — — called to order, — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — choir sung a hymn, and — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — prayer by . The — — — then — — — — — read the report of the First Presidency, — — — — — — — as follows
Report of the First Presidency.
The Presidency of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, feel great pleasure in assembling with the Saints at another general Conference, under circumstances so auspicious and cheering; and with grateful hearts to Almighty God for his providential regard, they cordially unite with the Saints, on this occasion, in ascribing honor, — — — glory, and blessing to his holy name. It is with unfeigned pleasure that they have to make known, the steady and rapid increase of the Church in this , the and Europe. The anxiety to become acquainted with the principles of the gospel, on every hand, is intense, and the cry of “come over and help us”, is reaching the elders on the wings of every wind, while thousands who have heard the gospel, have become obedient thereto, and are rejoicing in its gifts and blessings— Prejudice with its attendant train of evils, is giving way before the force of truth, whose benign rays are penetrating the nations afar off. The reports from the Twelve Apostles in Europe are very satisfactory, and state that the work continues to progress with unparallelled rapidity and that the harvest is truly great.
In the Eastern States the faithful laborers are successful, and many are flocking to the standard of truth. [HC 4:336] Nor is the South keeping back— churches have been raised up in the Southern and Western states, and a very pressing invitation has been received from for some of the Elders to visit that , which has been complied with. In our own and immediate neighborhood, many are avowing their attachment to the principles of our holy religion, and have become obedient to the faith. Peace and prosperity attend us; and we have favor in the sight of God and virtuous men. The time was, when we were looked upon as deceivers, and that Mormonism would soon pass away, come to nought, and be forgotten. [p. 1189]
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