History, 1838–1856, volume D-1 [1 August 1842–1 July 1843]

  • Source Note
  • Historical Introduction
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 <February 9> one of Baals prophets, your God does not hear you, jump up and cut yourself; and he——  commanded fire from heaven to consume my house. When I was preaching in  , a Quaker called out for a sign, I told him to be still. After Sermon he again  asked for a sign. I told the Congregation the man was an Adulterer, that a wicked and  adulterous generation seeketh after a sign, and that the Lord had said to me in a Revelation  that any man who wanted a sign was an Adulterous person “it is true” cried one “for I  caught him in the very act”. which the man afterwards confessed when he was baptized.
A Conference was held at Boylston Hall, , when Fourteen branches of the  Church in and the vicinity were represented, comprising 793 members, 33 Elders,  43 lesser officers, most of whom had been raised up in about fifteen months. Elders  , E[li] P. Maginn, , and others took active parts  in the Conference.
10 February 1843 • Friday
<10.> Friday 10 After conversation with Mr. and others, I reviewed the history of  the mob in <Portage Co. Ohio. on the 25 March 1832> and my first journey to . At 3 o clock afternoon attended  a Council of the Twelve <apostles> at my house, viz: , , , ,  , , , , and — I requested that all business be  presented briefly and without comments, and told the Council that I had an interview with   this morning, that he was delegated by the Inhabitants of Shokoquon (which  is twenty miles above this, on the ) to come to , and petition that “a talented  Mormon Preacher take up his residence with them, and they would find him a good  house, and give him support, with liberty for him to invite as many Mormons to settle  in that place as my please so to do”. Council decided that Brother <John> Bair go and preach  to them— I suggested that a general meeting be called in the in relation to the  Post Office and other things, and instructed the Council to call Elder to   with his family, and to say that he is ordered to come by the First Presidency,  and that he preach no more till he comes. at 5 o’clock I opened a Mayor’s Court at  my house, when Deputy Sheriff presented before the Court  for stealing goods from the Store of Moses Smith on the 23rd. of January, when declared  before the Court that he had been visited many times by the ancient of days— that he sat with  him on the 9th. 10th. and 11th. of last June, and should sit in Council again with him on Tuesday  next— that he had had a mission from him to the four quarters of the world; that he had  been and established the twelve stakes of Zion, and had visited them all, except one in the  South, that he had suffered much for two or three years for want of clothing, that he despised  a thief except to clothe himself, that he opened the Store of Moses Smith on the 23rd. of January,  and took out the goods then present (several hundred pieces) hid them in the Corn field, and  carried them home from time to time, under the same roof with Mr. Smith and that no one  knew any thing about the Robbery but himself. Olney was once a Member of the Church of  Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, but had been cut off a considerable time previous, he  declared that the Church never taught him to steal; and I have written his voluntary——  Confession here, that others may take warning, and behave themselves in such a manner  that they shall not be cut off from the Church; for if they are, the Spirit of the living God  will depart from them, and they may be left to a worse Spirit of delusion and wickedness  than even , who never saw the Ancient of Days, < n>or any thing like him. but on  the testimony presented I bound him over to the next Circuit Court for trial in the sum of  five thousand dollars— <and for want of bail, he was committed to Jail.> [p. 1466]
February 9 one of Baals prophets, your God does not hear you, jump up and cut yourself; and he—— commanded fire from heaven to consume my house. When I was preaching in , a Quaker called out for a sign, I told him to be still. After Sermon he again asked for a sign. I told the Congregation the man was an Adulterer, that a wicked and adulterous generation seeketh after a sign, and that the Lord had said to me in a Revelation that any man who wanted a sign was an Adulterous person “it is true” cried one “for I caught him in the very act”. which the man afterwards confessed when he was baptized.
A Conference was held at Boylston Hall, , when Fourteen branches of the Church in and the vicinity were represented, comprising 793 members, 33 Elders, 43 lesser officers, most of whom had been raised up in about fifteen months. Elders , Eli P. Maginn, , and others took active parts in the Conference.
10 February 1843 • Friday
10. Friday 10 After conversation with Mr. and others, I reviewed the history of the mob in Portage Co. Ohio. on the 25 March 1832 and my first journey to . At 3 o clock afternoon attended a Council of the Twelve apostles at my house, viz: , , , , , , , , and — I requested that all business be presented briefly and without comments, and told the Council that I had an interview with this morning, that he was delegated by the Inhabitants of Shokoquon (which is twenty miles above this, on the ) to come to , and petition that “a talented Mormon Preacher take up his residence with them, and they would find him a good house, and give him support, with liberty for him to invite as many Mormons to settle in that place as my please so to do”. Council decided that Brother John Bair go and preach to them— I suggested that a general meeting be called in the in relation to the Post Office and other things, and instructed the Council to call Elder to with his family, and to say that he is ordered to come by the First Presidency, and that he preach no more till he comes. at 5 o’clock I opened a Mayor’s Court at my house, when Deputy Sheriff presented before the Court for stealing goods from the Store of Moses Smith on the 23rd. of January, when declared before the Court that he had been visited many times by the ancient of days— that he sat with him on the 9th. 10th. and 11th. of last June, and should sit in Council again with him on Tuesday next— that he had had a mission from him to the four quarters of the world; that he had been and established the twelve stakes of Zion, and had visited them all, except one in the South, that he had suffered much for two or three years for want of clothing, that he despised a thief except to clothe himself, that he opened the Store of Moses Smith on the 23rd. of January, and took out the goods then present (several hundred pieces) hid them in the Corn field, and carried them home from time to time, under the same roof with Mr. Smith and that no one knew any thing about the Robbery but himself. Olney was once a Member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, but had been cut off a considerable time previous, he declared that the Church never taught him to steal; and I have written his voluntary—— Confession here, that others may take warning, and behave themselves in such a manner that they shall not be cut off from the Church; for if they are, the Spirit of the living God will depart from them, and they may be left to a worse Spirit of delusion and wickedness than even , who never saw the Ancient of Days, nor any thing like him. but on the testimony presented I bound him over to the next Circuit Court for trial in the sum of five thousand dollars— and for want of bail, he was committed to Jail. [p. 1466]
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