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

  • Source Note
  • Historical Introduction
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<August 31> will have wicked men and angels of devils, and all the infernal powers of darkness continually arrayed against him. When wicked and corrupt men oppose, it is a criterion to judge if a man is warring the christian warfare. When all men speak evil of you falsely, blessed are ye. Shall a man be considered bad, when men speak evil of him? No; if a man stands and opposes the world of sin, he may expect all wicked and corrupt spirits arrayed against him. But it will be but a little season, and all these afflictions will be turned away form us, inasmuch as we are faithful, and are not overcome by these evils. By seeing the blessings of the endowment rolling on, and the Kingdom increasing and spreading from sea to sea, we shall rejoice that we were not overcome by these foolish things. A few very important things have been manifested to me, in my absence, respecting the doctrine of baptism for the dead, which I shall communicate to the Saints next Sabbath if nothing should occur to prevent me.”
President Smith then addressed the throne of grace in fervant prayer.
The prayers of the Society were requested in behalf of Mrs. Repshaw.
President Joseph Smith remarked that Mrs. Repshaw had long since been advised to return to her husband. It has been ascertained by good evidence that she left her husband without just cause— that he is a moral man and a gentleman. She has got into a way of having revelations, but not the revelations of God. If she will go home and do her duty we will pray for her, but if not our prayers will do her no good.
President Smith said “ I have one remark to make respecting the baptism for the dead— To suffice for the time being until I have opportunity to discuss the subject at greater length;— all persons baptized for the dead must have a recorder present, that he may be an eye witness to record and testify of the truth and validity of his record. It will be necessary in the Grand Council, that these things be testified to by competent witnesses. Therefore let the recording and witnessing of baptisms for the dead be carefully attended to from this time forth; if there is any lack, it may be at the expense of our friends, they may not come forth”
Closed with prayer by .”
Addenda • 27 August 1842
<August 27. Page 1387.> “Happiness is the object and design of our existence, and will be the end thereof, if we pursue the path that leads to it; and this path is virtue, uprightness, faithfulness, holiness, and keeping all the commandments of God; but we cannot keep all the commandments without first knowing them, and we cannot expect to know all, or more than we now know, unless we comply with or keep those we have already received! That which is wrong under one circumstance, may be, and often is, right under another. God said, ‘Thou shalt not kill’; at another time he said, ‘Thou shalt utterly destroy.’ This is the principle on which the government of heaven is conducted, by revelation adapted to the circumstances in which the children of the Kingdom are placed. Whatever God requires is right, no matter what it is, although we may not see the reason thereof till long after the events transpire. If we seek first the kingdom of God, all good things will be added So with Solomon; first he asked wisdom, and God gave it him, and with it every desire of his heart; even things which might be considered abominable to all who understand the order of heaven only in part, but which, in reality, were right, because God gave and sanctioned by special revelation. A parent may whip a child, and justly too, because he stole an apple; whereas, if the child had asked for the apple, and the parent had [p. 3 [addenda]]
August 31 will have wicked men and angels of devils, and all the infernal powers of darkness continually arrayed against him. When wicked and corrupt men oppose, it is a criterion to judge if a man is warring the christian warfare. When all men speak evil of you falsely, blessed are ye. Shall a man be considered bad, when men speak evil of him? No; if a man stands and opposes the world of sin, he may expect all wicked and corrupt spirits arrayed against him. But it will be but a little season, and all these afflictions will be turned away form us, inasmuch as we are faithful, and are not overcome by these evils. By seeing the blessings of the endowment rolling on, and the Kingdom increasing and spreading from sea to sea, we shall rejoice that we were not overcome by these foolish things. A few very important things have been manifested to me, in my absence, respecting the doctrine of baptism for the dead, which I shall communicate to the Saints next Sabbath if nothing should occur to prevent me.”
President Smith then addressed the throne of grace in fervant prayer.
The prayers of the Society were requested in behalf of Mrs. Repshaw.
President Joseph Smith remarked that Mrs. Repshaw had long since been advised to return to her husband. It has been ascertained by good evidence that she left her husband without just cause— that he is a moral man and a gentleman. She has got into a way of having revelations, but not the revelations of God. If she will go home and do her duty we will pray for her, but if not our prayers will do her no good.
President Smith said “ I have one remark to make respecting the baptism for the dead— To suffice for the time being until I have opportunity to discuss the subject at greater length;— all persons baptized for the dead must have a recorder present, that he may be an eye witness to record and testify of the truth and validity of his record. It will be necessary in the Grand Council, that these things be testified to by competent witnesses. Therefore let the recording and witnessing of baptisms for the dead be carefully attended to from this time forth; if there is any lack, it may be at the expense of our friends, they may not come forth”
Closed with prayer by .”
Addenda • 27 August 1842
August 27. Page 1387. “Happiness is the object and design of our existence, and will be the end thereof, if we pursue the path that leads to it; and this path is virtue, uprightness, faithfulness, holiness, and keeping all the commandments of God; but we cannot keep all the commandments without first knowing them, and we cannot expect to know all, or more than we now know, unless we comply with or keep those we have already received! That which is wrong under one circumstance, may be, and often is, right under another. God said, ‘Thou shalt not kill’; at another time he said, ‘Thou shalt utterly destroy.’ This is the principle on which the government of heaven is conducted, by revelation adapted to the circumstances in which the children of the Kingdom are placed. Whatever God requires is right, no matter what it is, although we may not see the reason thereof till long after the events transpire. If we seek first the kingdom of God, all good things will be added So with Solomon; first he asked wisdom, and God gave it him, and with it every desire of his heart; even things which might be considered abominable to all who understand the order of heaven only in part, but which, in reality, were right, because God gave and sanctioned by special revelation. A parent may whip a child, and justly too, because he stole an apple; whereas, if the child had asked for the apple, and the parent had [p. 3 [addenda]]
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