History, 1838–1856, volume C-1 Addenda

  • Source Note
  • Historical Introduction
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<1842  March 30.> that the Society was going too fast— it should grow up by degrees—  should commence with a few individuals— thus have a select  society of the virtuous, and those who would walk circumspectly—  commended them for their zeal, but said sometimes their zeal was not  according to knowledge. One principal object of the Institution  was to purge out iniquity— said they must be extremely careful  in all their examinations, or the consequences would be serious.
All difficulties which might and would cross our way  must be surmounted, though the soul be tried, the heart faint, and  hands hang down— must not retrace our steps— there must be  decision of character, aside from sympathy— when instructed,  we must obey that voice, observe the Laws of the Kingdom of God,  that the blessing of Heaven may rest down upon us— all must  act in concert, or nothing can be done— and should move accor ding to the Ancient Priesthood; hence the Saints should be a  select people, separate from all the evils of the world, choice, virtuous  and holy— the Lord was going to make of the Church of Jesus Christ  a kingdom of Priests, a holy people, a chosen generation, as in  Enoch’s day, having all the gifts “as illustrated to the Church in  Paul’s epistles and teachings to the Churches in his day— that it is  the privilege of each member to live long, and enjoy health. He  then blessed the Saints”
Addenda • 9 April 1842
<April 9> “The Saints in assembled at the house of at an early hour in the morning to pay their last respects to  the body of Ephraim Marks son of
Addenda • 10 April 1842
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“Joseph the Seer arose in the power of God— reproved and  <Page 1316> rebuked wickedness before the people in the name of the Lord  God. He wished to say a few words to suit the condition of the  general mass— and I shall speak with authority of the priesthood  in the name of the Lord God, which shall prove a saviour of life  unto life, or of death unto death. Notwithstanding this congregation  profess to be Saints, yet I stand in the midst of all characters and  classes of men. If you wish to go where God is, you must be like God  or possess the principles which God possesses, for if we are not drawing  towards God in principle we are going from him, and drawing  towards the devil. Yes I am standing in the midst of all kinds  of people— Search your hearts, and see if you are like God. I  have searched mine, and feel to repent of all my sins.— We have  thieves among us, adulterers, liars, hypocrites. If God should speak [p. 62]
1842 March 30. the Society was going too fast— it should grow up by degrees— should commence with a few individuals— thus have a select society of the virtuous, and those who would walk circumspectly— commended them for their zeal, but said sometimes their zeal was not according to knowledge. One principal object of the Institution was to purge out iniquity— said they must be extremely careful in all their examinations, or the consequences would be serious.
All difficulties which might and would cross our way must be surmounted, though the soul be tried, the heart faint, and hands hang down— must not retrace our steps— there must be decision of character, aside from sympathy— when instructed, we must obey that voice, observe the Laws of the Kingdom of God, that the blessing of Heaven may rest down upon us— all must act in concert, or nothing can be done— and should move according to the Ancient Priesthood; hence the Saints should be a select people, separate from all the evils of the world, choice, virtuous and holy— the Lord was going to make of the Church of Jesus Christ a kingdom of Priests, a holy people, a chosen generation, as in Enoch’s day, having all the gifts “as illustrated to the Church in Paul’s epistles and teachings to the Churches in his day— that it is the privilege of each member to live long, and enjoy health. He then blessed the Saints”
Addenda • 9 April 1842
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Addenda • 10 April 1842
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“Joseph the Seer arose in the power of God— reproved and Page 1316 rebuked wickedness before the people in the name of the Lord God. He wished to say a few words to suit the condition of the general mass— and I shall speak with authority of the priesthood in the name of the Lord God, which shall prove a saviour of life unto life, or of death unto death. Notwithstanding this congregation profess to be Saints, yet I stand in the midst of all characters and classes of men. If you wish to go where God is, you must be like God or possess the principles which God possesses, for if we are not drawing towards God in principle we are going from him, and drawing towards the devil. Yes I am standing in the midst of all kinds of people— Search your hearts, and see if you are like God. I have searched mine, and feel to repent of all my sins.— We have thieves among us, adulterers, liars, hypocrites. If God should speak [p. 62]
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