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

  • Source Note
  • Historical Introduction
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<May 20> given his Saints, wherever he had any on the earth, the same Spirit, and that Spirit as John says, is the true spirit of prophesy, which is the testimony of Jesus. I may safely say that the word Mormon stands independent of the learning and wisdom of this generation.— Before I give a definition, however, to the word, let me say that the Bible in its widest sense means good; for the Savior says according to the gospel of John “I am the good shepherd;” and it will not be beyond the common use of terms to say that good is among the most important in use, and though known by various names in different languages, still its meaning is the same, and is ever in opposition to bad. We say from the Saxon, good; the Dane, God; the Goth, goda; the German gut; the Dutch, goed; the Latin, bonus; the Greek, kalos; the Hebrew, tob; and the Egyptian, mon. Hence, with the addition of more, or the contraction, mor, we have the word mormon; which means literally more good. Yours. Joseph Smith.
Mr. Jackson representing himself as being out of employment, and destitute of funds, he desired I would employ him and relieve his necessities. I took compassion on him, and employed him as a Clerk, to sell lands so as to give him a chance in the World.
21 May 1843 • Sunday
<21> Sunday 21 At 10½ A.M. I arrived at the , and had to press my way through the crowd in the aisles to get to the , when I remarked that there were some people, who thought it a terrible thing that any body should exercise a little power; I thought it a pity that any body should give occasion to have power exercised; and requested the people to keep out of the alleys, for if they did not I might some time run up and down and hit some of them; and called on two Constables to keep the alleys clear.
After singing and prayer. I read 1st. Ch. of 2nd. Epistle of Peter and preached thereon, the following synopsis was written by . [HC 5:400]
“I do not know when I shall have the privilege of speaking in a house large enough to convene the people. I find my lungs are failing with continual preaching in the open air to large assemblies.
“I do not think there have been many good men on the Earth since the days of Adam, but there was one good man, and his name was Jesus. Many persons think a Prophet must be a great deal better than any body else. suppose I would condescend, yes I will call it condescend, to be a great deal better than any of you. I would be raised up to the highest heaven, and who should I have to accompany me?
“I love that man better who swears a stream as long as my arm, yet deals justice to his neighbors and mercifully deals his substance to the poor, than the long smooth faced hypocrite.
“I don’t want you to think I am very righteous, for I am not.
“God judges men according to the use they make of the light which he gives them.
“We have a more sure word of Prophecy whereunto you do well to take heed, as unto a light that shineth in a dark place. We were eye witnesses of his [p. 1555]
May 20 given his Saints, wherever he had any on the earth, the same Spirit, and that Spirit as John says, is the true spirit of prophesy, which is the testimony of Jesus. I may safely say that the word Mormon stands independent of the learning and wisdom of this generation.— Before I give a definition, however, to the word, let me say that the Bible in its widest sense means good; for the Savior says according to the gospel of John “I am the good shepherd;” and it will not be beyond the common use of terms to say that good is among the most important in use, and though known by various names in different languages, still its meaning is the same, and is ever in opposition to bad. We say from the Saxon, good; the Dane, God; the Goth, goda; the German gut; the Dutch, goed; the Latin, bonus; the Greek, kalos; the Hebrew, tob; and the Egyptian, mon. Hence, with the addition of more, or the contraction, mor, we have the word mormon; which means literally more good. Yours. Joseph Smith.
Mr. Jackson representing himself as being out of employment, and destitute of funds, he desired I would employ him and relieve his necessities. I took compassion on him, and employed him as a Clerk, to sell lands so as to give him a chance in the World.
21 May 1843 • Sunday
21 Sunday 21 At 10½ A.M. I arrived at the , and had to press my way through the crowd in the aisles to get to the , when I remarked that there were some people, who thought it a terrible thing that any body should exercise a little power; I thought it a pity that any body should give occasion to have power exercised; and requested the people to keep out of the alleys, for if they did not I might some time run up and down and hit some of them; and called on two Constables to keep the alleys clear.
After singing and prayer. I read 1st. Ch. of 2nd. Epistle of Peter and preached thereon, the following synopsis was written by . [HC 5:400]
“I do not know when I shall have the privilege of speaking in a house large enough to convene the people. I find my lungs are failing with continual preaching in the open air to large assemblies.
“I do not think there have been many good men on the Earth since the days of Adam, but there was one good man, and his name was Jesus. Many persons think a Prophet must be a great deal better than any body else. suppose I would condescend, yes I will call it condescend, to be a great deal better than any of you. I would be raised up to the highest heaven, and who should I have to accompany me?
“I love that man better who swears a stream as long as my arm, yet deals justice to his neighbors and mercifully deals his substance to the poor, than the long smooth faced hypocrite.
“I don’t want you to think I am very righteous, for I am not.
“God judges men according to the use they make of the light which he gives them.
“We have a more sure word of Prophecy whereunto you do well to take heed, as unto a light that shineth in a dark place. We were eye witnesses of his [p. 1555]
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