History, 1838–1856, volume C-1 Addenda

  • Source Note
  • Historical Introduction
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arrive from abroad, they will assist us to roll forth this good work, and to accomplish this great design; that Zion may be built up in righteousness; and all nations flock to her standard; “that as God’s people, under his direction, and obedient to his law, we may grow up in righteousness, and truth: that when his purposes shall be accomplished we may receive an inheritance among those that are sanctified,
 
Addenda • 28 April 1842, Continued
(From Page 27)
as an instrument to lead the church, why not let him lead it through? Why stand in the way when he is appointed to do a thing? Who knows the mind of God? Does he not reveal things differently from what we expect? He remarked that he was continually rising, although he had every thing bearing him down, standing in his way, and opposing; notwithstanding all this. opposition he always comes out right in the end.
Respecting females administering for the healing of the sick he further remarked—, there could be no devil in it, if God gave his sanction by healing; that there could be no more sin in any female laying hands on and praying for the sick, than in wetting the face with water; it is no sin for any body to administer that has faith, or if the sick have faith to be be healed by their administration.
He reproved those that were disposed to find fault with the management of the concerns of the church, saying God had called him to lead the church and he would lead it right: those that undertake to interfere will be ashamed when their own folly is made manifest, that he calculates to organize the church in its proper order as soon as the is completed.
President Smith continued by speaking of the difficulties he had to surmount ever since the commencement of the work, in consequence of aspiring men. “Great Big Elders” as he called them, who had caused him much trouble; to whom he had taught the things of the kingdom in private Councils. They would then go forth into the World and proclaim the things he had taught them, as their own revelations; said the same aspiring Disposition will be in this society, and must be guarded against— that every person should stand, and act in the [p. 38]
arrive from abroad, they will assist us to roll forth this good work, and to accomplish this great design; that Zion may be built up in righteousness; and all nations flock to her standard; “that as God’s people, under his direction, and obedient to his law, we may grow up in righteousness, and truth: that when his purposes shall be accomplished we may receive an inheritance among those that are sanctified,
 
Addenda • 28 April 1842, Continued
(From Page 27)
as an instrument to lead the church, why not let him lead it through? Why stand in the way when he is appointed to do a thing? Who knows the mind of God? Does he not reveal things differently from what we expect? He remarked that he was continually rising, although he had every thing bearing him down, standing in his way, and opposing; notwithstanding all this. opposition he always comes out right in the end.
Respecting females administering for the healing of the sick he further remarked—, there could be no devil in it, if God gave his sanction by healing; that there could be no more sin in any female laying hands on and praying for the sick, than in wetting the face with water; it is no sin for any body to administer that has faith, or if the sick have faith to be healed by their administration.
He reproved those that were disposed to find fault with the management of the concerns of the church, saying God had called him to lead the church and he would lead it right: those that undertake to interfere will be ashamed when their own folly is made manifest, that he calculates to organize the church in its proper order as soon as the is completed.
President Smith continued by speaking of the difficulties he had to surmount ever since the commencement of the work, in consequence of aspiring men. “Great Big Elders” as he called them, who had caused him much trouble; to whom he had taught the things of the kingdom in private Councils. They would then go forth into the World and proclaim the things he had taught them, as their own revelations; said the same aspiring Disposition will be in this society, and must be guarded against— that every person should stand, and act in the [p. 38]
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