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

  • Source Note
  • Historical Introduction
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<August 29> Earth and teach them the truth, we want the built that we may offer our oblations, and where we can ask forgiveness of our sins every week, and forgive one another, and offer up our offering and get our endowment— The Gospel will be turned from the Gentiles to the Jews. Sometime ago almost every person was ordained, the purpose was to have you tried and ready to receive your blessings. Every one is wanted to be ready in two or three days, and I expect there will be a liberal turn out—”
near the close of ’s remarks I went upon the Stand. I was rejoiced to look upon the Saints once more, whom I have not seen for about three weeks. They also were rejoiced to see me, and we all rejoiced together. My sudden appearance on the Stand under the circumstances which surrounded us, caused great animation and cheerfulness in the Assembly. Some had supposed that I had gone to—— , and some that I had gone to Europe. While some thought I was in the ; but whatever difference of opinion had prevailed on this point, we were now all filled with thanksgiving and rejoicing. When had done speaking I arose and congratulated the brethren and Sisters on the victory I had once more gained over the Missourians. I had told them formerly about fighting the—— Missourians, and about fighting alone. I had not fought them with the Sword or by carnal weapons; I had done it by stratagem, by outwitting them, and there had been no lives lost, and there would be no lives lost if they would hearken to my Council. Up to this day God had given me wisdom to save the people who took Council. None had ever been killed who abode by my Council. At the brethren went contrary to my Council, if they had not th<eir> lives would have been spared. [HC 5:137] I had been in all the while, and outwitted ’s associates, and attended to my own business in the all the time. We want to whip the world mentally and they will whip themselves physically. The brethren cannot have the tricks played upon them that were done at and , they have seen enough of their the tricks of their enemies and know better. has attempted to destroy himself and caused all the almost to go in search of him. Is it not enough to put down all the infernal influence of the Devil, what we have felt and seen, handled and evidenced of this work of God? But the Devil had influenced among the Jews after all the great things they had witnessed to cause the death of Jesus Christ by hanging him between heaven and earth. and others of the same class caused trouble by telling stories to people who would betray me, and they must believe those stories because his told him so! I will live to trample on their ashes with the soles of my feet. I prophecy in the name of Jesus Christ that such shall not prosper, they shall be cut down in their plans. They would deliver me up Judas like, but a small band of us shall overcome. We don’t want or mean to fight with the sword of the flesh, but we will fight with the broad Sword of the Spirit. Our enemies say our Charter and Writs of Habeas Corpus are worth—— nothing. We say they came from the highest authority in the , and we will hold to them, They cannot be disannulled or taken away. I then told the brethren I was going to send all the Elders away, and when the Mob came, there would only be women and children to fight and they would be ashamed. I don’t want you to fight but to go and gather tens, hundreds, and thousands to fight for you. If oppression [p. 1388]
August 29 Earth and teach them the truth, we want the built that we may offer our oblations, and where we can ask forgiveness of our sins every week, and forgive one another, and offer up our offering and get our endowment— The Gospel will be turned from the Gentiles to the Jews. Sometime ago almost every person was ordained, the purpose was to have you tried and ready to receive your blessings. Every one is wanted to be ready in two or three days, and I expect there will be a liberal turn out—”
near the close of ’s remarks I went upon the Stand. I was rejoiced to look upon the Saints once more, whom I have not seen for about three weeks. They also were rejoiced to see me, and we all rejoiced together. My sudden appearance on the Stand under the circumstances which surrounded us, caused great animation and cheerfulness in the Assembly. Some had supposed that I had gone to—— , and some that I had gone to Europe. While some thought I was in the ; but whatever difference of opinion had prevailed on this point, we were now all filled with thanksgiving and rejoicing. When had done speaking I arose and congratulated the brethren and Sisters on the victory I had once more gained over the Missourians. I had told them formerly about fighting the—— Missourians, and about fighting alone. I had not fought them with the Sword or by carnal weapons; I had done it by stratagem, by outwitting them, and there had been no lives lost, and there would be no lives lost if they would hearken to my Council. Up to this day God had given me wisdom to save the people who took Council. None had ever been killed who abode by my Council. At the brethren went contrary to my Council, if they had not their lives would have been spared. [HC 5:137] I had been in all the while, and outwitted ’s associates, and attended to my own business in the all the time. We want to whip the world mentally and they will whip themselves physically. The brethren cannot have the tricks played upon them that were done at and , they have seen enough of the tricks of their enemies and know better. has attempted to destroy himself and caused all the almost to go in search of him. Is it not enough to put down all the infernal influence of the Devil, what we have felt and seen, handled and evidenced of this work of God? But the Devil had influenced among the Jews after all the great things they had witnessed to cause the death of Jesus Christ by hanging him between heaven and earth. They would deliver me up Judas like, but a small band of us shall overcome. We don’t want or mean to fight with the sword of the flesh, but we will fight with the broad Sword of the Spirit. Our enemies say our Charter and Writs of Habeas Corpus are worth—— nothing. We say they came from the highest authority in the , and we will hold to them, They cannot be disannulled or taken away. I then told the brethren I was going to send all the Elders away, and when the Mob came, there would only be women and children to fight and they would be ashamed. I don’t want you to fight but to go and gather tens, hundreds, and thousands to fight for you. If oppression [p. 1388]
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