History, 1838–1856, volume C-1 Addenda

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  • Historical Introduction
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<1842  May 26> the indignation of a gentile world upon us; (and, to their  imagination, justly too). It is necessary to hold an influence  in the world, and thus spare ourselves an extermination; and also  accomplish our end in spreading the gospel, or holiness, in the earth.
If we were brought to desolation, the disobedient would,  find no help. There are some who are obedient, yet men cannot  steady the ark— my arm cannot do it— God must steady it. To  the iniquitous show yourselves merciful. I am advised by some  of the heads of the Church <to tell the Relief Society to be virtuous, but to save the Church> from desolation, and the sword, beware,  be still, be prudent, Repent, reform, but do it in a way not to  destroy all around you. I do not want to cloak iniquity— all  things contrary to the will of God, should be cast from us, but don’t  do more hurt than good with your tongues— be pure in heart.  Jesus designs to save the people out of their sins. Said Jesus “ye  shall do the work, which ye see me do.” These are the grand  key words for the Society to act upon.
If I were not in your midst to aid and council you,  the Devil would overcome you. I want the innocent to go free—  rather spare ten iniquitous among you, than condemn one innocent  one. “Fret not thyself because of evil doers.” God will see to it.

Addenda • 9 June 1842

<June 9 > Meeting of the Female Relief Society, at the , Nauvoo  June 9th. 1842 Reported by Miss .
<page 1339> President Joseph Smith opened the meeting by prayer, and  then adddressed the congregation on the design of the Institution—  said it is no matter how fast the Society increases if all the members  are virtuous— that we must be as particular with regard to the  character of members now, as when the Society first started— that  sometimes persons wish to crowd themselves into a Society of this  kind, when they do not intend to pursue the ways of purity and  righteousness, as if the Society would be a shelter to them in their  iniquity.
He said that henceforth no person shall be admitted, but  by presenting regular petitions, signed by two or three members in  good standing in the Society,— and whoever comes in must be  of good report.
Objections having been previously made against Mahala  Overton they were removed; after which President Joseph Smith con tinued his address— said he was going to preach mercy. Suppose  that Jesus Christ and Holy Angels should object to us on frivolous [p. 73]
1842 May 26 the indignation of a gentile world upon us; (and, to their imagination, justly too). It is necessary to hold an influence in the world, and thus spare ourselves an extermination; and also accomplish our end in spreading the gospel, or holiness, in the earth.
If we were brought to desolation, the disobedient would, find no help. There are some who are obedient, yet men cannot steady the ark— my arm cannot do it— God must steady it. To the iniquitous show yourselves merciful. I am advised by some of the heads of the Church to tell the Relief Society to be virtuous, but to save the Church from desolation, and the sword, beware, be still, be prudent, Repent, reform, but do it in a way not to destroy all around you. I do not want to cloak iniquity— all things contrary to the will of God, should be cast from us, but don’t do more hurt than good with your tongues— be pure in heart. Jesus designs to save the people out of their sins. Said Jesus “ye shall do the work, which ye see me do.” These are the grand key words for the Society to act upon.
If I were not in your midst to aid and council you, the Devil would overcome you. I want the innocent to go free— rather spare ten iniquitous among you, than condemn one innocent one. “Fret not thyself because of evil doers.” God will see to it.

Addenda • 9 June 1842

June 9 Meeting of the Female Relief Society, at the , Nauvoo June 9th. 1842 Reported by Miss .
page 1339 President Joseph Smith opened the meeting by prayer, and then adddressed the congregation on the design of the Institution— said it is no matter how fast the Society increases if all the members are virtuous— that we must be as particular with regard to the character of members now, as when the Society first started— that sometimes persons wish to crowd themselves into a Society of this kind, when they do not intend to pursue the ways of purity and righteousness, as if the Society would be a shelter to them in their iniquity.
He said that henceforth no person shall be admitted, but by presenting regular petitions, signed by two or three members in good standing in the Society,— and whoever comes in must be of good report.
Objections having been previously made against Mahala Overton they were removed; after which President Joseph Smith continued his address— said he was going to preach mercy. Suppose that Jesus Christ and Holy Angels should object to us on frivolous [p. 73]
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