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

  • Source Note
  • Historical Introduction
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<May 17> Salvation means a man’s being placed beyond the power of all his enemies. The more  sure word of Prophecy means, a man’s knowing that he is sealed up unto eternal  life by revelation, and the Spirit of Prophecy, through the power of the Holy  Priesthood. It is impossible for a man to be saved in ignorance. Paul has seen  the third Heavens and I more. Peter penned the most sublime language of any  of the Apostles.
In the <afternoon> Attended Council and afterwards rode with s family.
In the evening went to hear a Methodist preacher lecture, after he got thro’  I offered some corrections as follows, the 7th. verse of 2 ch of Genesis ought to read God  breathed into Adam his Spirit or breath of life, but when the word “ruach” applies to  Eve it should be translated lives.
Speaking of eternal duration of matter I said, there is no such thing as  immaterial matter. All Spirit is matter, but is more fine or pure, and can  only be discerned by purer eyes. We can not see it, but when our bodies are purified  we shall see that it is all matter.
The Priest seemed pleased with the correction and stated his intention to  visit .
A conference was held in the Columbian Hall, Grand Street  where 15 branches, 6 High Priests, 36 Elders, 19 Priests, 16 Teachers, 5 Deacons and 387  members were represented; 49 have been baptized since last Conference, many have  moved to , and 28 have been excommunicated. 4 Elders and 1 Priest were  ordained.
18 May 1843 • Thursday
<18> We left Macedonia about 8½ A.M. and arrived at at 10.
The following brief account is from the Journal of who was  present.
“Dined with Judge who is presiding at court. After  Dinner, requested President Joseph to give him a history of the  persecution, which he did in a very minute manner for about 3 hours, he also gave  a relation of his journey to and his application in behalf of the Saints  to , the President of the for redress, and ’s  pusilanimous reply “Gentlemen Your cause is just, but I can do nothing for you”  and the cold unfeeling manner in which he was treated by most of the Senators  and Representatives, in relation to the subject. saying “You had better Go  to Oregon.” shaking his head solemnly saying “It’s a nice question, a  critical question, but it will not do to agitate it”
The Judge listened with the greatest attention, and then spoke warmly  in deprecation of the conduct of and the authorities of  who had taken part in the extermination and said that any people that would do  as the Mobs of have done, ought to be brought to judgment, they ought  to be punished. President Smith in concluding his remarks said <that if the government which received into its coffers the money of  Citizens for its public lands, while its officials are rolling in luxury at the  expense of its public treasury, cannot protect such Citizens in their lives and property  it is an old granny anyhow, and> I pro [p. 1552]
May 17 Salvation means a man’s being placed beyond the power of all his enemies. The more sure word of Prophecy means, a man’s knowing that he is sealed up unto eternal life by revelation, and the Spirit of Prophecy, through the power of the Holy Priesthood. It is impossible for a man to be saved in ignorance. Paul has seen the third Heavens and I more. Peter penned the most sublime language of any of the Apostles.
In the afternoon Attended Council and afterwards rode with s family.
In the evening went to hear a Methodist preacher lecture, after he got thro’ I offered some corrections as follows, the 7th. verse of 2 ch of Genesis ought to read God breathed into Adam his Spirit or breath of life, but when the word “ruach” applies to Eve it should be translated lives.
Speaking of eternal duration of matter I said, there is no such thing as immaterial matter. All Spirit is matter, but is more fine or pure, and can only be discerned by purer eyes. We can not see it, but when our bodies are purified we shall see that it is all matter.
The Priest seemed pleased with the correction and stated his intention to visit .
A conference was held in the Columbian Hall, Grand Street where 15 branches, 6 High Priests, 36 Elders, 19 Priests, 16 Teachers, 5 Deacons and 387 members were represented; 49 have been baptized since last Conference, many have moved to , and 28 have been excommunicated. 4 Elders and 1 Priest were ordained.
18 May 1843 • Thursday
18 We left Macedonia about 8½ A.M. and arrived at at 10.
The following brief account is from the Journal of who was present.
“Dined with Judge who is presiding at court. After Dinner, requested President Joseph to give him a history of the persecution, which he did in a very minute manner for about 3 hours, he also gave a relation of his journey to and his application in behalf of the Saints to , the President of the for redress, and ’s pusilanimous reply “Gentlemen Your cause is just, but I can do nothing for you” and the cold unfeeling manner in which he was treated by most of the Senators and Representatives, in relation to the subject. saying “You had better Go to Oregon.” shaking his head solemnly saying “It’s a nice question, a critical question, but it will not do to agitate it”
The Judge listened with the greatest attention, and then spoke warmly in deprecation of the conduct of and the authorities of who had taken part in the extermination and said that any people that would do as the Mobs of have done, ought to be brought to judgment, they ought to be punished. President Smith in concluding his remarks said that if the government which received into its coffers the money of Citizens for its public lands, while its officials are rolling in luxury at the expense of its public treasury, cannot protect such Citizens in their lives and property it is an old granny anyhow, and I pro [p. 1552]
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