History, 1838–1856, volume C-1 Addenda

  • Source Note
  • Historical Introduction
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<1842  May 7> The following design shows the position in which the Legion was  drawn up.
[Top middle of diagram.] Brig. Gen & Staff
1st Cohort Cavalry
[Top right of diagram.] Position proposed by  for Gen Smith
[Left of diagram, written sideways.] Maj. Gen. & Staff
Bands of Music
Lieut. Gen. Joseph Smith. Staff Guard & ladies on horseback.
[Bottom middle of diagram.] 2nd Cohort Infantry—
Brig. Gen. & Staff
[Right of diagram, written sideways.] Artillery.

Addenda • 15 June 1842

<June 15>
“Various and conflicting are the opinions of men in  regard to the gift of the Holy Ghost. Some people have been in the  <Page 1340.> habit of calling every supernatural manifestation, the effects of  the Spirit of God, whilst there are others that think there is no  manifestation connected with it at all; and that it is nothing  but a mere impulse of the mind, or an inward feeling, impression,  or secret testimony, or evidence, which men possess, and that there is  no such thing as an outward manifestation. It is not to be wondered  at that men should be ignorant, in a great measure, of the  principles of salvation, and more especially of the nature, office,  power, influence, gifts and blessings of the gift of the Holy Ghost;  when we consider that the human family have been enveloped  in gross darkness and ignorance for many centuries past without  revelation, or any just criterion to arrive at a knowledge of the  things of God, which can only be known by the spirit of God. Hence  it not infrequently occurs, that when the elders of this church preach  to the inhabitants of the world, that if they obey the gospel they shall  receive the gift of the Holy Ghost; that the people expect to see some won derful manifestation; some great display of power, or some extraordinary miracle  performed; and it is often the case that young members in this church, for  want of better information, carry along with them their old notions of things,  and sometimes fall into egregious errors. We have lately had some  information concerning a few members that are in this dilemma  and for their information make a few remarks upon the subject [p. 64]
1842 May 7 The following design shows the position in which the Legion was drawn up.
[Top middle of diagram.] Brig. Gen & Staff
1st Cohort Cavalry
[Top right of diagram.] Position proposed by for Gen Smith
[Left of diagram, written sideways.] Maj. Gen. & Staff
Bands of Music
Lieut. Gen. Joseph Smith. Staff Guard & ladies on horseback.
[Bottom middle of diagram.] 2nd Cohort Infantry—
Brig. Gen. & Staff
[Right of diagram, written sideways.] Artillery.

Addenda • 15 June 1842

June 15
“Various and conflicting are the opinions of men in regard to the gift of the Holy Ghost. Some people have been in the Page 1340. habit of calling every supernatural manifestation, the effects of the Spirit of God, whilst there are others that think there is no manifestation connected with it at all; and that it is nothing but a mere impulse of the mind, or an inward feeling, impression, or secret testimony, or evidence, which men possess, and that there is no such thing as an outward manifestation. It is not to be wondered at that men should be ignorant, in a great measure, of the principles of salvation, and more especially of the nature, office, power, influence, gifts and blessings of the gift of the Holy Ghost; when we consider that the human family have been enveloped in gross darkness and ignorance for many centuries past without revelation, or any just criterion to arrive at a knowledge of the things of God, which can only be known by the spirit of God. Hence it not infrequently occurs, that when the elders of this church preach to the inhabitants of the world, that if they obey the gospel they shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost; that the people expect to see some wonderful manifestation; some great display of power, or some extraordinary miracle performed; and it is often the case that young members in this church, for want of better information, carry along with them their old notions of things, and sometimes fall into egregious errors. We have lately had some information concerning a few members that are in this dilemma and for their information make a few remarks upon the subject [p. 64]
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