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

  • Source Note
  • Historical Introduction
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<December 1> and will not repent shall be cast out.” The broad law of God is “Thou shalt  not steal.” and thieves together with “liars and whoremongers” will eventually  be found without the , with dogs and sorcerers. We need only say that  if we find such characters engaged in their nefarious practices, whether  in or out of the church, we shall take them up and deal with them  according to the law of God, and man: and we wish the church to  inform us of such delinquents, or the sin will lay at their own door. As  there are gangs of robbers up and down this , from whom we have  suffered much, having had many horses, cattle and other property stolen; we purpose  instituting a police for the protection of our property, and the vigorous enforcement  of the laws of our ; and should any, who call themselves Latter Day Saints,  be found in their midst they will be cut off from the Church and handed over to  the law of the land. We hope that what we have written may suffice, and take this  opportunity of expressing our decided and unqualified disapprobation of any  thing like theft, in all its bearings, as being calculated to destroy the peace of society,  to injure the Church of Jesus Christ, to wound the character of the people of God,  and to stamp with eternal infamy all who follow such diabolical practices;  to blast their character on earth, and to consign them to eternal perdition.”
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. Ill. Decr. 1. 1841.

2 December 1841 • Thursday

<*> <2> Thursday 2. I received the following Revelation to
“Verily thus saith the Lord unto you my Servant  Joseph, that inasmuch as you have called upon me to know my Will  concerning my handmaid , Behold it is my Will  that she should have a better place prepared for her, than that in which  she now lives, in order that her life may be spared unto her; Therefore go  and say unto my Servant , and to my hand maid his ,  Let them open their doors and take her and her children into their house, and  take care of them faithfully and kindly until my servant returns  from his mission, or until some other provision can be made for her  welfare and safety; Let them do these things and spare not, and I the  Lord will bless them and heal them, if they do it not grudgingly saith  the Lord God. and she shall be a blessing unto them, and let my  handmaid hearken to the council of my Servant  Joseph in all things whatsoever he shall teach unto her, and it shall be a  blessing upon her and upon her children after her, unto her justification,  saith the Lord.”

4 December 1841 • Saturday

<4> Saturday 4 <I attended the City Council and spoke in defence of the , in his  not serving a warrant, when his life would have been endangered.>
A Conference was held at on the 4th. and 5th. of  December 1841 over which the Patriarch of the Church, Presided.  Joseph Johnson acted as Clerk, : , [p. 1258]
December 1 and will not repent shall be cast out.” The broad law of God is “Thou shalt not steal.” and thieves together with “liars and whoremongers” will eventually be found without the , with dogs and sorcerers. We need only say that if we find such characters engaged in their nefarious practices, whether in or out of the church, we shall take them up and deal with them according to the law of God, and man: and we wish the church to inform us of such delinquents, or the sin will lay at their own door. As there are gangs of robbers up and down this , from whom we have suffered much, having had many horses, cattle and other property stolen; we purpose instituting a police for the protection of our property, and the vigorous enforcement of the laws of our ; and should any, who call themselves Latter Day Saints, be found in their midst they will be cut off from the Church and handed over to the law of the land. We hope that what we have written may suffice, and take this opportunity of expressing our decided and unqualified disapprobation of any thing like theft, in all its bearings, as being calculated to destroy the peace of society, to injure the Church of Jesus Christ, to wound the character of the people of God, and to stamp with eternal infamy all who follow such diabolical practices; to blast their character on earth, and to consign them to eternal perdition.”
.
. Ill. Decr. 1. 1841.

2 December 1841 • Thursday

* 2 Thursday 2. I received the following Revelation to
“Verily thus saith the Lord unto you my Servant Joseph, that inasmuch as you have called upon me to know my Will concerning my handmaid , Behold it is my Will that she should have a better place prepared for her, than that in which she now lives, in order that her life may be spared unto her; Therefore go and say unto my Servant , and to my hand maid his , Let them open their doors and take her and her children into their house, and take care of them faithfully and kindly until my servant returns from his mission, or until some other provision can be made for her welfare and safety; Let them do these things and spare not, and I the Lord will bless them and heal them, if they do it not grudgingly saith the Lord God. and she shall be a blessing unto them, and let my handmaid hearken to the council of my Servant Joseph in all things whatsoever he shall teach unto her, and it shall be a blessing upon her and upon her children after her, unto her justification, saith the Lord.”

4 December 1841 • Saturday

4 Saturday 4 I attended the City Council and spoke in defence of the , in his not serving a warrant, when his life would have been endangered.
A Conference was held at on the 4th. and 5th. of December 1841 over which the Patriarch of the Church, Presided. Joseph Johnson acted as Clerk, : , [p. 1258]
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