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

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Addenda • 31 August 1842
<August 31: page 1389> “President Joseph Smith arose and said
“I am happy and thankful for  the privilege of being present on this occasion. Great exertions have been made on the  part of our enemies, to carry me to , and destroy my life, but the Lord has hedged  up their way, and they have not, as yet, accomplished their purpose. God has enabled me  to keep out of their hands— I have warred a good warfare, inasmuch as I have outgen eralled, or whipped out all ’s corrupt host. My feelings at the present time are,  that inasmuch as the Lord Almighty has preserved me until to day, He will continue  to preserve me, by the united faith and prayers of the Saints, until I have fully accomplished  my mission in this life, and so firmly established the dispensation of the fulness of the  priesthood in the last days, that all the powers of earth and hell can never prevail against  it. This constant persecution reminds me of the words of the Savior, when he said to the  Pharisees, “Go ye, and tell that fox, Behold, I cast out devils, and I do cures to day and  tomorrow, and the third day I shall be perfected.” I expect that my Heavenly  Father has decreed, that the Missourians shall not get me into their power; if they do, it  will be because I do not keep out of their way. I shall triumph over my enemies— I  have begun to triumph over them at home, and I shall do it abroad. All those  that rise up against me will surely feel the weight of their iniquity upon their own heads.  Those that speak evil of me and the Saints are ignorant or abominable characters, and full  of iniquity. All the fuss, and all the stir, and all the charges got up against me are  like the jack-a-lantern, which cannot be found. Although I do wrong, I do not  the wrongs that I am charged with doing; the wrong that I do is through the frailty of  human nature like other men. No man lives without fault. Do you think that even  Jesus, if he were here would be without fault in your eyes? His enemies said all man ner of evil against him— they all watched for iniquity in him. How easy it was for Jesus  to call out all the iniquity of the hearts of those whom he was among! The servants of  the Lord are required to guard against those things that are calculated to do the most  evil— the little foxes spoil the vines— little evils do the most injury to the church. If you  have evil feelings, and speak of them to one another, it has a tendency to do mischief.  These things result in those evils which are calculated to cut the throats of the heads of  the Church. When I do the best I can— when I am accomplishing the greatest good,  then the most evils and wicked surmisings are got up against me. I would to God  that you would be wise. I now counsel you, that if you know anything calculated  to disturb the peace, or injure the feelings of your brother or your sister, hold your tongues,  and the least harm will be done. The Female Relief Society have taken a most active  part in my welfare against my enemies, in petitioning to the in my behalf.  These measures were all necessary. Do you not see that I foresaw what was coming  beforehand, by the spirit of prophecy? All these movements had an influence in my  redemption from the hand of my enemies. If these measures had not been taken, more  serious consequences would have resulted. I have come here to bless you. The Society  have done well— their principles are to practice holiness. God loves you, and your  prayers in my behalf shall avail much;— let them not cease to ascend to God continually  in my behalf. The enemies of this people will never get weary of their presecution against  the Church, until they are overcome— I expect they will array everything against me, that  is in their power to control, and that we shall have a long and tremendous warfare.  He that will will war the true Christian warfare against the corruptions of these last days [p. 2 [addenda]]
Addenda • 31 August 1842
August 31: page 1389 “President Joseph Smith arose and said
“I am happy and thankful for the privilege of being present on this occasion. Great exertions have been made on the part of our enemies, to carry me to , and destroy my life, but the Lord has hedged up their way, and they have not, as yet, accomplished their purpose. God has enabled me to keep out of their hands— I have warred a good warfare, inasmuch as I have outgeneralled, or whipped out all ’s corrupt host. My feelings at the present time are, that inasmuch as the Lord Almighty has preserved me until to day, He will continue to preserve me, by the united faith and prayers of the Saints, until I have fully accomplished my mission in this life, and so firmly established the dispensation of the fulness of the priesthood in the last days, that all the powers of earth and hell can never prevail against it. This constant persecution reminds me of the words of the Savior, when he said to the Pharisees, “Go ye, and tell that fox, Behold, I cast out devils, and I do cures to day and tomorrow, and the third day I shall be perfected.” I expect that my Heavenly Father has decreed, that the Missourians shall not get me into their power; if they do, it will be because I do not keep out of their way. I shall triumph over my enemies— I have begun to triumph over them at home, and I shall do it abroad. All those that rise up against me will surely feel the weight of their iniquity upon their own heads. Those that speak evil of me and the Saints are ignorant or abominable characters, and full of iniquity. All the fuss, and all the stir, and all the charges got up against me are like the jack-a-lantern, which cannot be found. Although I do wrong, I do not the wrongs that I am charged with doing; the wrong that I do is through the frailty of human nature like other men. No man lives without fault. Do you think that even Jesus, if he were here would be without fault in your eyes? His enemies said all manner of evil against him— they all watched for iniquity in him. How easy it was for Jesus to call out all the iniquity of the hearts of those whom he was among! The servants of the Lord are required to guard against those things that are calculated to do the most evil— the little foxes spoil the vines— little evils do the most injury to the church. If you have evil feelings, and speak of them to one another, it has a tendency to do mischief. These things result in those evils which are calculated to cut the throats of the heads of the Church. When I do the best I can— when I am accomplishing the greatest good, then the most evils and wicked surmisings are got up against me. I would to God that you would be wise. I now counsel you, that if you know anything calculated to disturb the peace, or injure the feelings of your brother or your sister, hold your tongues, and the least harm will be done. The Female Relief Society have taken a most active part in my welfare against my enemies, in petitioning to the in my behalf. These measures were all necessary. Do you not see that I foresaw what was coming beforehand, by the spirit of prophecy? All these movements had an influence in my redemption from the hand of my enemies. If these measures had not been taken, more serious consequences would have resulted. I have come here to bless you. The Society have done well— their principles are to practice holiness. God loves you, and your prayers in my behalf shall avail much;— let them not cease to ascend to God continually in my behalf. The enemies of this people will never get weary of their presecution against the Church, until they are overcome— I expect they will array everything against me, that is in their power to control, and that we shall have a long and tremendous warfare. He that will will war the true Christian warfare against the corruptions of these last days [p. 2 [addenda]]
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