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

  • Source Note
  • Historical Introduction
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<May 19> I returned to , and in a few days I was appointed by the special Conference, in August <to labor in >. I travelled through eighteen different counties, baptized 6 in ; and returned home in December. In January I left again, and went into St. Clair County, where I was joined by brother Henry B. Jacobs, who baptized twelve, and I baptized a German after he left. I preached in Chester Sparta and Bellville; from thence returned home, and again visited Ottowa, La Salle County; spent two weeks, and baptized seven. I found the church there, in good Spirits, and in the enjoyment of the Spiritual gifts. The La Salle branch now numbers fifty eight, in good standing. Elder Oley Hayer, was chosen to preside over them; he is well worthy of the office. Elder Goodman Hongus and brother J R Anderson, visited the Norwegian settlement in , Iowa, in January last spent three weeks, baptized ten, ordained one Priest, and left them and went home to La Salle county. From thence Brothers Hongus and Hayer visited a large body from Norway, in , and have laid the foundation of a great work, to all appearance. There are now fifty seven members of the church from Norway, and the time is not far distant when the saying of Micah 4:2, will be fulfilled”
20 May 1843 • Saturday
<20> Received of Ezra Oakley a certificate of deposit in the Fulton bank, value $500, and gave a receipt payable in lands or money ten days from date.
At court room and adjourned the case of .
Corrected and sent to <the Times and Seasons> the following.
Editor of the Times and Seasons, Sir, Through the Medium of your paper I wish to correct an error among men that profess to be learned, liberal and wise; and I do it the more cheerfully because I hope sober thinking and sound reasoning people will sooner listen to the voice of truth, than be led astray by the vain pretensions of the self wise. The error I speak of, is the definition of the word “Mormon”. It has been stated that this word was derived from the Greek word mormo. This is not the case. There was no Greek or Latin upon the plates from which I, through the grace of God translated the Book of Mormon, Let the language of that book speak for itself. On the 523 page. of the fourth edition it reads “And now behold we have written this record, according to our knowledge in the characters which are called among us the Reformed Egyptian, being handed down and altered by us, according to our manner of speech, and if our plates had been sufficiently large; we should have written in Hebrew; but the Hebrew hath been altered by us, also: and if we could have written in Hebrew, behold ye would have had no imperfection in our record, but the Lord knoweth the things which we have written, and also, that none other people knoweth our language; therefore he hath prepared means for the interpretation thereof.”
Here then the subject is put to silence, for none other people knoweth our language” therefore the Lord, and not man, had to interpret, after the people were all dead. And, as Paul said “the world by wisdom know not God” so the world by speculation are destitute of revelation, and as God in his superior wisdom, has always [p. 1554]
May 19 I returned to , and in a few days I was appointed by the special Conference, in August to labor in . I travelled through eighteen different counties, baptized 6 in ; and returned home in December. In January I left again, and went into St. Clair County, where I was joined by brother Henry B. Jacobs, who baptized twelve, and I baptized a German after he left. I preached in Chester Sparta and Bellville; from thence returned home, and again visited Ottowa, La Salle County; spent two weeks, and baptized seven. I found the church there, in good Spirits, and in the enjoyment of the Spiritual gifts. The La Salle branch now numbers fifty eight, in good standing. Elder Oley Hayer, was chosen to preside over them; he is well worthy of the office. Elder Goodman Hongus and brother J R Anderson, visited the Norwegian settlement in , Iowa, in January last spent three weeks, baptized ten, ordained one Priest, and left them and went home to La Salle county. From thence Brothers Hongus and Hayer visited a large body from Norway, in , and have laid the foundation of a great work, to all appearance. There are now fifty seven members of the church from Norway, and the time is not far distant when the saying of Micah 4:2, will be fulfilled”
20 May 1843 • Saturday
20 Received of Ezra Oakley a certificate of deposit in the Fulton bank, value $500, and gave a receipt payable in lands or money ten days from date.
At court room and adjourned the case of .
Corrected and sent to the Times and Seasons the following.
Editor of the Times and Seasons, Sir, Through the Medium of your paper I wish to correct an error among men that profess to be learned, liberal and wise; and I do it the more cheerfully because I hope sober thinking and sound reasoning people will sooner listen to the voice of truth, than be led astray by the vain pretensions of the self wise. The error I speak of, is the definition of the word “Mormon”. It has been stated that this word was derived from the Greek word mormo. This is not the case. There was no Greek or Latin upon the plates from which I, through the grace of God translated the Book of Mormon, Let the language of that book speak for itself. On the 523 page. of the fourth edition it reads “And now behold we have written this record, according to our knowledge in the characters which are called among us the Reformed Egyptian, being handed down and altered by us, according to our manner of speech, and if our plates had been sufficiently large; we should have written in Hebrew; but the Hebrew hath been altered by us, also: and if we could have written in Hebrew, behold ye would have had no imperfection in our record, but the Lord knoweth the things which we have written, and also, that none other people knoweth our language; therefore he hath prepared means for the interpretation thereof.”
Here then the subject is put to silence, for none other people knoweth our language” therefore the Lord, and not man, had to interpret, after the people were all dead. And, as Paul said “the world by wisdom know not God” so the world by speculation are destitute of revelation, and as God in his superior wisdom, has always [p. 1554]
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