History, 1838–1856, volume C-1 Addenda

  • Source Note
  • Historical Introduction
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<1842  June 9> that that soul who has righteousness enough to ask God in the  secret place for life, every day of their lives, shall live to three score  years and ten. We must walk uprightly all the day long. How  glorious are the principles of righteousness! We are full of selfishness—  the devil flatters us that we are very righteous, when we are feeding  on the faults of others. We can only live by worshipping our God— all  must do it for themselves— none can do it for another. How mild  the Savior dealt with Peter, saying, “when thou art converted strengthen  thy brethren.” At another time he said to him “lovest thou me?”, and  having received Peter’s reply, he said “feed my sheep.” If the sisters  love the Lord, let them feed the sheep. and not destroy them. How  oft have wise men and women sought to dictate Bro Joseph by saying  “O, if I were bro Joseph I would do this and that”; but if they were  in Bro Joseph’s shoes they would find that men or women could  not be compelled into the Kingdom of God, but must be dealt  with in longsuffering, and at last we shall save them. The way  to keep all the saints together, and keep the work rolling, is to wait  with all longsuffering, ’till God shall bring such characters to justice  There should be no license for sin, but mercy should go hand in hand  with reproof.
Sisters of this Society, shall there be strife among you?  I will not have it— you must repent, and get the love of God.  Away with self righteousness. The best measure or principle to bring  the poor to repentance, is to administer to their wants;— the Ladies  Relief Society is not only to relieve the poor, but to save souls.
President Smith then said that he would give a lot of  land to the Society, by deeding it to the Treasurer, that the Society  may build houses for the poor: He also said he would give a  house, frame not finished, and that will move it  on to the aforesaid lot, and the Society can pay him by giving  orders on the — that it was a good plan to set those to work  who are owing widows, and thus make an offsett &c.” [p. 75]
1842 June 9 that that soul who has righteousness enough to ask God in the secret place for life, every day of their lives, shall live to three score years and ten. We must walk uprightly all the day long. How glorious are the principles of righteousness! We are full of selfishness— the devil flatters us that we are very righteous, when we are feeding on the faults of others. We can only live by worshipping our God— all must do it for themselves— none can do it for another. How mild the Savior dealt with Peter, saying, “when thou art converted strengthen thy brethren.” At another time he said to him “lovest thou me?”, and having received Peter’s reply, he said “feed my sheep.” If the sisters love the Lord, let them feed the sheep. and not destroy them. How oft have wise men and women sought to dictate Bro Joseph by saying “O, if I were bro Joseph I would do this and that”; but if they were in Bro Joseph’s shoes they would find that men or women could not be compelled into the Kingdom of God, but must be dealt with in longsuffering, and at last we shall save them. The way to keep all the saints together, and keep the work rolling, is to wait with all longsuffering, ’till God shall bring such characters to justice There should be no license for sin, but mercy should go hand in hand with reproof.
Sisters of this Society, shall there be strife among you? I will not have it— you must repent, and get the love of God. Away with self righteousness. The best measure or principle to bring the poor to repentance, is to administer to their wants;— the Ladies Relief Society is not only to relieve the poor, but to save souls.
President Smith then said that he would give a lot of land to the Society, by deeding it to the Treasurer, that the Society may build houses for the poor: He also said he would give a house, frame not finished, and that will move it on to the aforesaid lot, and the Society can pay him by giving orders on the — that it was a good plan to set those to work who are owing widows, and thus make an offsett &c.” [p. 75]
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