History, 1838–1856, volume C-1 Addenda

  • Source Note
  • Historical Introduction
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place appointed, and thus sanctify the Society and get it pure He said he had been trampled under foot by aspiring Elders for all were infected with that Spirit; for instance and others had been aspiring; they could not be exalted, but must run away as though the care and authority of the church were vested with them. He said he had a subtle devil to deal with, and could only curb him by being humble. As he had this opportunity, he was going to instruct the ladies of this Society and point out the way for them to conduct themselves that they might act according to the will of God that he did not know that he should have many opportunities of teaching them, as they were going to be left to themselves; they would not long have him to instruct them, that the church would not have his instructions long, and the world would not be troubled with him a great while, and would not have his teachings. He spoke of delivering the keys of the Priesthood to the church, and said that the faithful members of the Relief Society should receive them in connection with their husbands that the Saints whose integrity has been tried and proved faithful might know how to ask the Lord and receive an answer; for according to his [blank] prayers God had appointed him elsewhere. He exhorted the sisters always to concentrate their faith and prayers for, and place confidence in their husbands, whom God has appointed for them to honor and in those faithful men whom God has placed at the head of the church to lead his people; that we should arm and sustain them with our prayers; for the keys of the kingdom are about to be given to them that they may be able to detect every thing false; as well as to all the Elders who shall prove their integrity in due season. He said if one member becomes corrupt, and you know it, you must immediately put it away. or it will either injure or destroy the whole body. The sympathies of the heads of the church have induced them to bear a long time with those who were corrupt until they are obliged to cut them off, lest all become contaminated; you must put down iniquity, and by your good example, stimulate the elders to good works; if you do right there is no danger of your going too fast. He said he did not care how fast we run in the path of virtue, resist evil and there is no danger; God men and Angels will not condemn those that resist every thing that is evil: and Devils cannot as well [p. 39]
place appointed, and thus sanctify the Society and get it pure He said he had been trampled under foot by aspiring Elders for all were infected with that Spirit; for instance and others had been aspiring; they could not be exalted, but must run away as though the care and authority of the church were vested with them. He said he had a subtle devil to deal with, and could only curb him by being humble. As he had this opportunity, he was going to instruct the ladies of this Society and point out the way for them to conduct themselves that they might act according to the will of God that he did not know that he should have many opportunities of teaching them, as they were going to be left to themselves; they would not long have him to instruct them, that the church would not have his instructions long, and the world would not be troubled with him a great while, and would not have his teachings. He spoke of delivering the keys of the Priesthood to the church, and said that the faithful members of the Relief Society should receive them in connection with their husbands that the Saints whose integrity has been tried and proved faithful might know how to ask the Lord and receive an answer; for according to his [blank] prayers God had appointed him elsewhere. He exhorted the sisters always to concentrate their faith and prayers for, and place confidence in their husbands, whom God has appointed for them to honor and in those faithful men whom God has placed at the head of the church to lead his people; that we should arm and sustain them with our prayers; for the keys of the kingdom are about to be given to them that they may be able to detect every thing false; as well as to all the Elders who shall prove their integrity in due season. He said if one member becomes corrupt, and you know it, you must immediately put it away. or it will either injure or destroy the whole body. The sympathies of the heads of the church have induced them to bear a long time with those who were corrupt until they are obliged to cut them off, lest all become contaminated; you must put down iniquity, and by your good example, stimulate the elders to good works; if you do right there is no danger of your going too fast. He said he did not care how fast we run in the path of virtue, resist evil and there is no danger; God men and Angels will not condemn those that resist every thing that is evil: and Devils cannot as well [p. 39]
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