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

  • Source Note
  • Historical Introduction
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<August 21> opportunity to state that his faith was and had been unshaken in the truth. It has also been rumored that I believe that Joseph Smith is a fallen prophet. In regard to this, I unequivocally state that I never thought so, but declare that I know he is a prophet of the Lord, called and chosen in this last dispensation, to roll on the kingdom of God for the last time. He close<d by saying as it regards his religion he had no controversy with the world, having an incontrovertible evidence, that through obedience to the ordinances of the religion he now believes, the Lord had actually given back his daughter from the dead. No person need therefore come to reason with him, to convince him of error, or make him believe another religion, unless those who profess it can show, that through obedience to its laws the dead have been and can be raised; if it has no such power, it would be insulting his feelings to ask him to reason about it; and if it had it would be no better than the one he had, and so he had done with controversy, wherefore he dealt in facts and not in theory.>
President spoke at great length and with great power. He cited ’s mind back to the Revelation concerning him, that if he would move into the midst of the and defend the truth he should be healed &c and showed that what felt in regard to the improvement in his health was a fulfilment of the Revelation. He then proceeded to show the folly of any person’s attempting to overthrow or destroy Joseph, and read from the Book of Mormon in various places concerning the Prophet who was prophecied—— should be raised up in the last days, setting forth the work he was destined to accomplish and that he had only just commenced, but inasmuch as we could plainly see that the former part of the prophecy had been literally fulfilled we might be assured that the latter part would also be fulfilled and that Joseph would live to accomplish the great things concerning him &c He concluded his address by calling upon the Saints to take courage and fear not, and also told that inasmuch as he had seen the mercy of the Lord exerted in his behalf that it was his duty to arise and stand in defence of the truth and of innocence, and of those who were being persecuted innocently and finally called for all those who were willing to support and uphold Joseph and who believed that he was doing his duty and was innocent of the charges <alleged against him by our enemies> to hold up their right hand<s>”
when almost every hand was raised, and no opposite vote when called for. This meeting was productive of great good, by inspiring the Saints with new zeal and courage, and weakening the hands and hearts of the treacherous, and of evil and designing persons, disposed to secret combinations, against the truth. visited in the course of the day and manifested a determination to arouse his energies in defence of the truth——
22 August 1842 • Tuesday
<22> Tuesday 22 I find my feelings of the 16th. instant towards my friends revived, and while I contemplate the virtues and the good qualifications, and characteristics of the faithful few, which I am now recording in the Book of the Law of the Lord of such as have stood by me in every hour of peril, for these fifteen long years past; say for instance; my aged and beloved brother , who was among the number of the first to administer to my necessities, while I was laboring, in the commencement of the bringing forth of the work of the Lord, and of laying the foundation of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints; for fifteen years has he been faithful and true, and even handed, and exemplary, and virtuous, and kind; never deviating to the right hand nor to the left. Behold he is a righteous man, may God Almighty lengthen out the old man’s days; and may his trembling, tortured, and broken body be renewed, and the vigor of health turn upon him; if it can be thy will, consistently O God; and it shall be said of him by the sons of Zion, while there [p. 1381]
August 21 opportunity to state that his faith was and had been unshaken in the truth. It has also been rumored that I believe that Joseph Smith is a fallen prophet. In regard to this, I unequivocally state that I never thought so, but declare that I know he is a prophet of the Lord, called and chosen in this last dispensation, to roll on the kingdom of God for the last time. He closed by saying as it regards his religion he had no controversy with the world, having an incontrovertible evidence, that through obedience to the ordinances of the religion he now believes, the Lord had actually given back his daughter from the dead. No person need therefore come to reason with him, to convince him of error, or make him believe another religion, unless those who profess it can show, that through obedience to its laws the dead have been and can be raised; if it has no such power, it would be insulting his feelings to ask him to reason about it; and if it had it would be no better than the one he had, and so he had done with controversy, wherefore he dealt in facts and not in theory.
President spoke at great length and with great power. He cited ’s mind back to the Revelation concerning him, that if he would move into the midst of the and defend the truth he should be healed &c and showed that what felt in regard to the improvement in his health was a fulfilment of the Revelation. He then proceeded to show the folly of any person’s attempting to overthrow or destroy Joseph, and read from the Book of Mormon in various places concerning the Prophet who was prophecied—— should be raised up in the last days, setting forth the work he was destined to accomplish and that he had only just commenced, but inasmuch as we could plainly see that the former part of the prophecy had been literally fulfilled we might be assured that the latter part would also be fulfilled and that Joseph would live to accomplish the great things concerning him &c He concluded his address by calling upon the Saints to take courage and fear not, and also told that inasmuch as he had seen the mercy of the Lord exerted in his behalf that it was his duty to arise and stand in defence of the truth and of innocence, and of those who were being persecuted innocently and finally called for all those who were willing to support and uphold Joseph and who believed that he was doing his duty and was innocent of the charges alleged against him by our enemies to hold up their right hands”
when almost every hand was raised, and no opposite vote when called for. This meeting was productive of great good, by inspiring the Saints with new zeal and courage, and weakening the hands and hearts of the treacherous, and of evil and designing persons, disposed to secret combinations, against the truth. visited in the course of the day and manifested a determination to arouse his energies in defence of the truth——
22 August 1842 • Tuesday
22 Tuesday 22 I find my feelings of the 16th. instant towards my friends revived, and while I contemplate the virtues and the good qualifications, and characteristics of the faithful few, which I am now recording in the Book of the Law of the Lord of such as have stood by me in every hour of peril, for these fifteen long years past; say for instance; my aged and beloved brother , who was among the number of the first to administer to my necessities, while I was laboring, in the commencement of the bringing forth of the work of the Lord, and of laying the foundation of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints; for fifteen years has he been faithful and true, and even handed, and exemplary, and virtuous, and kind; never deviating to the right hand nor to the left. Behold he is a righteous man, may God Almighty lengthen out the old man’s days; and may his trembling, tortured, and broken body be renewed, and the vigor of health turn upon him; if it can be thy will, consistently O God; and it shall be said of him by the sons of Zion, while there [p. 1381]
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