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

  • Source Note
  • Historical Introduction
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<May 24> Sabbath, and at other times, though I seldom attend these latter meetings; but when the weather will admit, they meet in the , or in the rough floor of the basement of the , and then the prophet frequently preaches. On one of these occasions I heard him preach concerning the prodigal son.
After naming his text, the prophet remarked, that some one had asked him the meaning of the expression of Jesus “among those born of woman, there has not arisen a greater than John,” and said, he had promised to answer it in public, and he would do it then. “It could not have been on account of the miracles John performed, for he did no miracles; but it was,
First, Because he was trusted with a divine mission, of preparing the way before the face of the Lord. Who was trusted with such a mission, before or since? No man.
Second, He was trusted, and it was required at his hand, to baptize the son of man. Who ever did that? Who ever had so great a privilege or glory? Who ever led the son of God into the waters of baptism, beholding the Holy Ghost descend upon him in the sign of the Dove? No man.
Third, John at that time, was the only legal administer holding the keys of power there was on earth. The keys, the kingdom, the power, the glory, had departed from the Jews; and John, the son of Zachariah, by the holy anointing, and decree of heaven, held the keys of power at that time.[”] [HC 5:408]
Elder H Tate writes that in Cuba the people were anxious to hear him when the Revd. John Rigdon a Campbellite preacher refused to let him preach in the Chapel because Elder Tate was “sent by the authority of Jesus Christ” saying that recommend will not do, for the world has condemned it already”; but at Pekin baptized six in 12 days, and many more were favorable.
Received a long letter from Thomas Rancliff complaining of and and swindling him— which is another example, that people will not obey Council altho it was so pointedly made known to the people on <the> 13 <of> April last
25 May 1843 • Thursday
<25> Sent to to redeem the city lots on the tract, which had been sold for Taxes.
Dr. Imbert, Messrs. Chasten and Manban missionaries with seventy christians were beheaded, and 180 strangled in Corea, Eastern Asia.
The town of Tallahassee, Florida, destroyed by Fire.
26 May 1843 • Friday
<26> At 5 p.m. I met in Council in the , with my brother , , , , Judge , Bishop , and , and gave then <their endowments, and also> instructions in the Priesthood, on the New and everlasting covenant &c.
Wrote a letter of instructions to .
27 May 1843 • Saturday
<27> In the morning received visitors
At 2 P.M. I met brother , the Twelve, , and others in Council, to investigate the conduct of charges having been preferred against him by letter from Sybella Armstrong and others, in [p. 1561]
May 24 Sabbath, and at other times, though I seldom attend these latter meetings; but when the weather will admit, they meet in the , or in the rough floor of the basement of the , and then the prophet frequently preaches. On one of these occasions I heard him preach concerning the prodigal son.
After naming his text, the prophet remarked, that some one had asked him the meaning of the expression of Jesus “among those born of woman, there has not arisen a greater than John,” and said, he had promised to answer it in public, and he would do it then. “It could not have been on account of the miracles John performed, for he did no miracles; but it was,
First, Because he was trusted with a divine mission, of preparing the way before the face of the Lord. Who was trusted with such a mission, before or since? No man.
Second, He was trusted, and it was required at his hand, to baptize the son of man. Who ever did that? Who ever had so great a privilege or glory? Who ever led the son of God into the waters of baptism, beholding the Holy Ghost descend upon him in the sign of the Dove? No man.
Third, John at that time, was the only legal administer holding the keys of power there was on earth. The keys, the kingdom, the power, the glory, had departed from the Jews; and John, the son of Zachariah, by the holy anointing, and decree of heaven, held the keys of power at that time.” [HC 5:408]
Elder H Tate writes that in Cuba the people were anxious to hear him when the Revd. John Rigdon a Campbellite preacher refused to let him preach in the Chapel because Elder Tate was “sent by the authority of Jesus Christ” saying that recommend will not do, for the world has condemned it already”; but at Pekin baptized six in 12 days, and many more were favorable.
Received a long letter from Thomas Rancliff complaining of and and swindling him— which is another example, that people will not obey Council altho it was so pointedly made known to the people on the 13 of April last
25 May 1843 • Thursday
25 Sent to to redeem the city lots on the tract, which had been sold for Taxes.
Dr. Imbert, Messrs. Chasten and Manban missionaries with seventy christians were beheaded, and 180 strangled in Corea, Eastern Asia.
The town of Tallahassee, Florida, destroyed by Fire.
26 May 1843 • Friday
26 At 5 p.m. I met in Council in the , with my brother , , , , Judge , Bishop , and , and gave then their endowments, and also instructions in the Priesthood, on the New and everlasting covenant &c.
Wrote a letter of instructions to .
27 May 1843 • Saturday
27 In the morning received visitors
At 2 P.M. I met brother , the Twelve, , and others in Council, to investigate the conduct of charges having been preferred against him by letter from Sybella Armstrong and others, in [p. 1561]
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