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

  • Source Note
  • Historical Introduction
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<April 11> a branch of the church there. My health being poor I was couselled by my brethren of the Twelve <Apostles> to return to the field of my former labors in Staffordshire, which I did, leaving in [HC 4:343] but eleven members. Since that time, my labors have been chiefly confined to the limits of the Staffordshire conference, which has until lately included Birmingham and Macclesfield, containing 18 branches of the Church, 580 members having been added since the time I commenced laboring there; many have been called to the ministry, who are faithful men, and willing to receive Counsel. Although I have suffered much bodily affliction during the past year, the Lord has blessed my labors abundantly, and I can say I never enjoyed myself better in the discharge of my duty, than I have on this mission. Among the greatest blessings I have enjoyed, has been the privilege of attending four general conferences, and meeting in council with the <Twelve Apostles> I can assure you that a meeting with those in whose company I have suffered so much tribulation, for the gospel’s sake, both at home and abroad, by land and sea, is to me a privilege indeed. I am now preparing to return home with my brethren, according to the instructions of the first presidency of the Church; and as I take my leave of the Saints in this land, my prayer to God is that he will preserve his people from the hand of Satan, and prepare them for the coming Redeemer, who is near at hand. I remain your servant for the Gospel’s sake— .”
13 April 1841 • Tuesday
<13> <Tuesday 13. Elder left , for —>
15 April 1841 • Thursday
<15> Thursday 15.
“A Conference of the Church was held in — Elder of , Chairman— was elected President of the Branch, and Addison Everett and George Holmes his Counsellors. was elected Bishop and Richard Burge and William Acker his Councellors. These six having been chosen were ordained and set apart to the several offices under the direction of , he having been specially appointed and authorized by President , at the Philadelphia Conference to organize more perfectly, the branch in . Secretary”
“An Epistle of the Twelve <Apostles>, To the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints in England Scotland, Ireland, Wales, and the Isle of Man: Greeting:— Beloved brethren— Inasmuch as we have been laboring for some time in this Country, and most of us are about to depart for the land of [HC 4:344] our nativity; and feeling anxious for your welfare and happiness in time and in Eternity, we cheerfully offer you our counsel in the closing number of the first volume of the Star, hoping you will peruse it when we are far away, and profit by the same. First of all we would express our joy and thanksgiving to Him who rules and knows the hearts of men, for the heed and diligence with which the Saints in this country have hearkened to the counsel of those whom God has seen fit to send among them, and who hold the keys of this ministry. By this means a spirit of union, and consequently of power has been generally cultivated among you. And now let the Saints remember that which we have ever taught them, both by precept and example, viz; to beware of an aspiring spirit, which would lift you up one above another: to Seek to be the greatest in the kingdom of God. This is that spirit which hurled down the angels— it is that spirit which actuates all the churches of the sectarian world, and most of the civil and military movements of the men of the world— it is that spirit which introduces [p. 1195]
April 11 a branch of the church there. My health being poor I was couselled by my brethren of the Twelve Apostles to return to the field of my former labors in Staffordshire, which I did, leaving in [HC 4:343] but eleven members. Since that time, my labors have been chiefly confined to the limits of the Staffordshire conference, which has until lately included Birmingham and Macclesfield, containing 18 branches of the Church, 580 members having been added since the time I commenced laboring there; many have been called to the ministry, who are faithful men, and willing to receive Counsel. Although I have suffered much bodily affliction during the past year, the Lord has blessed my labors abundantly, and I can say I never enjoyed myself better in the discharge of my duty, than I have on this mission. Among the greatest blessings I have enjoyed, has been the privilege of attending four general conferences, and meeting in council with the Twelve Apostles I can assure you that a meeting with those in whose company I have suffered so much tribulation, for the gospel’s sake, both at home and abroad, by land and sea, is to me a privilege indeed. I am now preparing to return home with my brethren, according to the instructions of the first presidency of the Church; and as I take my leave of the Saints in this land, my prayer to God is that he will preserve his people from the hand of Satan, and prepare them for the coming Redeemer, who is near at hand. I remain your servant for the Gospel’s sake— .”
13 April 1841 • Tuesday
13 Tuesday 13. Elder left , for
15 April 1841 • Thursday
15 Thursday 15.
“A Conference of the Church was held in — Elder of , Chairman— was elected President of the Branch, and Addison Everett and George Holmes his Counsellors. was elected Bishop and Richard Burge and William Acker his Councellors. These six having been chosen were ordained and set apart to the several offices under the direction of , he having been specially appointed and authorized by President , at the Philadelphia Conference to organize more perfectly, the branch in . Secretary”
“An Epistle of the Twelve Apostles, To the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints in England Scotland, Ireland, Wales, and the Isle of Man: Greeting:— Beloved brethren— Inasmuch as we have been laboring for some time in this Country, and most of us are about to depart for the land of [HC 4:344] our nativity; and feeling anxious for your welfare and happiness in time and in Eternity, we cheerfully offer you our counsel in the closing number of the first volume of the Star, hoping you will peruse it when we are far away, and profit by the same. First of all we would express our joy and thanksgiving to Him who rules and knows the hearts of men, for the heed and diligence with which the Saints in this country have hearkened to the counsel of those whom God has seen fit to send among them, and who hold the keys of this ministry. By this means a spirit of union, and consequently of power has been generally cultivated among you. And now let the Saints remember that which we have ever taught them, both by precept and example, viz; to beware of an aspiring spirit, which would lift you up one above another: to Seek to be the greatest in the kingdom of God. This is that spirit which hurled down the angels— it is that spirit which actuates all the churches of the sectarian world, and most of the civil and military movements of the men of the world— it is that spirit which introduces [p. 1195]
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