History, 1838–1856, volume C-1 Addenda

  • Source Note
  • Historical Introduction
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which God has established, through the medium of those  appointed to lead guide and direct the affairs of the church  in this last Dispensation and I now turn the key in your  behalf in the name of the Lord, and this society shall rejoice  and knowledge and intelligence shall flow down from this time  henceforth; this is the beginning of better days to the poor and  needy, who shall be made to rejoice and pour forth blessings  on your heads.
When you go home never give a cross or unkind word to  your husbands, but let kindness, charity, and love crown your  works henceforward; don’t envy <the finery & fleeting show of> sinners for they are in a miser able situation, but as far as you can have mercy on them for in  a short time God will destroy them. if they will not repent  and turn unto him. Let your labors be mostly confined to  those around you in the circle of your own acquaintance, as  far as knowledge is concerned, it may extend to all the world;  but your administrations should be confined to the circle  of your immediate acquaintance, and more especially to the  Members of the relief Society. Those ordained to preside  over and lead you are authorized to appoint the different  officers as the the circumstances shall require.
If any have a matter to reveal let it be in your own  tongue; do not indulge too much in the excercise of the gifts  of tongues, or the Devil will take advantage of the innocent  and unwary, you may speak in tongues for your own com fort, but I lay this down for a rule that if anything is  taught by the gift of tongues it is not to be received for  doctrine.
Prest. Smith then gave instruction respecting the  propriety of females administering to the sick by the prayer  of faith, the laying on of hands or the anointing with oil  and said it was according to revelation that the sick should  be nursed with herbs and mild food, and not by the  hand of an enemy: who are better qualified to ad minister, than our faithful and zealous sisters whose hearts  are full of faith tenderness sympathy and compassion? No one.  said he was never placed in similar circumstances before  and never had given the same instruction and closed his  instructions by expressing his heartfelt satisfaction in improving [p. 42]
which God has established, through the medium of those appointed to lead guide and direct the affairs of the church in this last Dispensation and I now turn the key in your behalf in the name of the Lord, and this society shall rejoice and knowledge and intelligence shall flow down from this time henceforth; this is the beginning of better days to the poor and needy, who shall be made to rejoice and pour forth blessings on your heads.
When you go home never give a cross or unkind word to your husbands, but let kindness, charity, and love crown your works henceforward; don’t envy the finery & fleeting show of sinners for they are in a miserable situation, but as far as you can have mercy on them for in a short time God will destroy them. if they will not repent and turn unto him. Let your labors be mostly confined to those around you in the circle of your own acquaintance, as far as knowledge is concerned, it may extend to all the world; but your administrations should be confined to the circle of your immediate acquaintance, and more especially to the Members of the relief Society. Those ordained to preside over and lead you are authorized to appoint the different officers as the the circumstances shall require.
If any have a matter to reveal let it be in your own tongue; do not indulge too much in the excercise of the gifts of tongues, or the Devil will take advantage of the innocent and unwary, you may speak in tongues for your own comfort, but I lay this down for a rule that if anything is taught by the gift of tongues it is not to be received for doctrine.
Prest. Smith then gave instruction respecting the propriety of females administering to the sick by the prayer of faith, the laying on of hands or the anointing with oil and said it was according to revelation that the sick should be nursed with herbs and mild food, and not by the hand of an enemy: who are better qualified to administer, than our faithful and zealous sisters whose hearts are full of faith tenderness sympathy and compassion? No one. said he was never placed in similar circumstances before and never had given the same instruction and closed his instructions by expressing his heartfelt satisfaction in improving [p. 42]
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