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

  • Source Note
  • Historical Introduction
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<January 2> dined at the . As we rose from table Judge [Henry] Brown invited me to his room and informed me, he was about publishing a history of , and wished me to furnish a history of the rise [HC 5:216] and progress of the Church of Latter Day Saints to add to it— 1 ½ P.M. returned to ’. A Gentleman from told that “the general impression was, that Smith was innocent, and it would be a kind of murder to give him up; that he ought to be whipped a little and let go”. It was evident that prejudice was giving way in the public mind. At 4 , Mr. [Lyman] Prentice the Marshall and some half a dozen others called to see me. The Marshall said it was the first time during his administration, that the Ladies had attended Court on a trial. A peculiarly pleasant and conciliatory feeling prevailed in the Company, and the Marshall invited me to a family dinner when I should be freed, at 5 went to Mr. Sollars with Elders and . enquired the situation of the Negro, I replied they came into the world slaves, mentally and physically. Change their situation with the Whites and they would be like them. They have souls and are subjects of salvation. Go into or any City and find an educated negro, who rides in his Carriage, and you will see a man who has risen by the powers of his own mind to his exalted state of respectability. The slaves in are more refined than the Presidents, and the black boys will take the shine off of those they brush and wait on. remarked “put them on the level, and they will rise above me”. I replied if I raised you to be my equal, and then attempted to oppress you, would you not be indignant and try to rise above me, as did , and many others, who said I was a fallen prophet and they were capable of leading the people, altho’ I never attempted to oppress them, but had been always lifting them up. Had I any thing to do with [HC 5:217] the negro, I would—— confine them by strict law to their own species, and put them on a national equalization.
Because faith is wanting the fruits are [blank]. no man since the world was; ever had faith without having something along with it. The ancients quenched the violence of fire, escaped the edge of the sword, women received their dead” &c “by faith the worlds were made” A man who has none of the gifts has no faith, and he deceives himself if he supposes he has. Faith has been wanting not only among the heathen, but in professed Christendom also, so that tongues, healings, prophecy, and prophets; and apostles and all the gifts and blessings have been wanting.
Some of the company thought I was not a very meek prophet, so I told them “I am meek and lowly in heart” and will personify Jesus for a moment to illustrate the principle, and cried out with a loud voice “Wo unto you ye Doctors, Wo unto you ye Lawyers, Wo unto you, ye Scribes, Pharisees and Hypocrites” &c But you cannot find the place, where I ever went that I found fault with their food, their drink, their house or their lodgings, No never, and this is what is meant by the meekness and lowliness of Jesus. Mr. Sollars stated that James Mullone of told him as follows “I have been to , and seen Jo Smith the Prophet, he had a grey horse, and I asked him where he got it, and Jo said “You see that White Cloud?” “Yes” Well as it came along I got the horse from that cloud”. This is a fair Specimen of the ten thousand foolish lies circulated by this generation, to bring the truth and its advocates into disrepute.
“What is it that inspires professors of Christianity generally, with a hope of—— Salvation?” It is that smooth, sophisticated influence of the Devil, by which he deceives the [p. 1434]
January 2 dined at the . As we rose from table Judge [Henry] Brown invited me to his room and informed me, he was about publishing a history of , and wished me to furnish a history of the rise [HC 5:216] and progress of the Church of Latter Day Saints to add to it— 1 ½ P.M. returned to ’. A Gentleman from told that “the general impression was, that Smith was innocent, and it would be a kind of murder to give him up; that he ought to be whipped a little and let go”. It was evident that prejudice was giving way in the public mind. At 4 , Mr. [Lyman] Prentice the Marshall and some half a dozen others called to see me. The Marshall said it was the first time during his administration, that the Ladies had attended Court on a trial. A peculiarly pleasant and conciliatory feeling prevailed in the Company, and the Marshall invited me to a family dinner when I should be freed, at 5 went to Mr. Sollars with Elders and . enquired the situation of the Negro, I replied they came into the world slaves, mentally and physically. Change their situation with the Whites and they would be like them. They have souls and are subjects of salvation. Go into or any City and find an educated negro, who rides in his Carriage, and you will see a man who has risen by the powers of his own mind to his exalted state of respectability. The slaves in are more refined than the Presidents, and the black boys will take the shine off of those they brush and wait on. remarked “put them on the level, and they will rise above me”. I replied if I raised you to be my equal, and then attempted to oppress you, would you not be indignant and try to rise above me, as did , and many others, who said I was a fallen prophet and they were capable of leading the people, altho’ I never attempted to oppress them, but had been always lifting them up. Had I any thing to do with [HC 5:217] the negro, I would—— confine them by strict law to their own species, and put them on a national equalization.
Because faith is wanting the fruits are [blank]. no man since the world was; ever had faith without having something along with it. The ancients quenched the violence of fire, escaped the edge of the sword, women received their dead” &c “by faith the worlds were made” A man who has none of the gifts has no faith, and he deceives himself if he supposes he has. Faith has been wanting not only among the heathen, but in professed Christendom also, so that tongues, healings, prophecy, and prophets; and apostles and all the gifts and blessings have been wanting.
Some of the company thought I was not a very meek prophet, so I told them “I am meek and lowly in heart” and will personify Jesus for a moment to illustrate the principle, and cried out with a loud voice “Wo unto you ye Doctors, Wo unto you ye Lawyers, Wo unto you, ye Scribes, Pharisees and Hypocrites” &c But you cannot find the place, where I ever went that I found fault with their food, their drink, their house or their lodgings, No never, and this is what is meant by the meekness and lowliness of Jesus. Mr. Sollars stated that James Mullone of told him as follows “I have been to , and seen Jo Smith the Prophet, he had a grey horse, and I asked him where he got it, and Jo said “You see that White Cloud?” “Yes” Well as it came along I got the horse from that cloud”. This is a fair Specimen of the ten thousand foolish lies circulated by this generation, to bring the truth and its advocates into disrepute.
“What is it that inspires professors of Christianity generally, with a hope of—— Salvation?” It is that smooth, sophisticated influence of the Devil, by which he deceives the [p. 1434]
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