History, circa 1841, draft [Draft 3]

  • Source Note
  • Historical Introduction
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time be devoted to the studying of the scriptures and to  preaching and to confirming the church at and  to performng your labors on the land such as is required  until after you shall go to the west to hold the next  conference and then it shall be made known what you  shall do And all things shall be done by common  consent in the Church by much prayer and faith, Amen
After I After we had recieved the above revelation,  I commenced arranging and copying the revelations which  had been given us in which I was assisted by  who now resided with me Whilst thus engaged I  recieved a Letter from (who had returned  to ) which caused me much pain and  uneas anxiety I can only give my readers an extract  of the contents as the letter is now lost
He wrote to inform me that he had discovered an  error in the one of the Commandments—see Book of  doctrine and Covenants Sect. 2 Part 7 (see also this  History Page 56) “and truly manifest by their works  that they have recieved of the spirit of Cchrist unto  the remission of their sins[”]
This quotatition  This quotation he said was incorrect and added  “I command you in the name of God to  erase those words that no priest-craft be among us[”]  I imediately wrote him in reply asking by what a uthority he commanded me to alter or erase to add  to or diminish from any commandment or revelation from  Almighty God In a few days I visited him and  found that and family had imbibed the  same opinion and it was with great difficulty and that  I could convin[c]e any of them that the doctrine contained  in the sentance was in strict accordance with those of the  scripture and was in fact a command revelation from God  At length became convinced [p. 86]
time be devoted to the studying of the scriptures and to preaching and to confirming the church at and to performng your labors on the land such as is required until after you shall go to the west to hold the next conference and then it shall be made known what you shall do And all things shall be done by common consent in the Church by much prayer and faith, Amen
After we had recieved the above revelation, I commenced arranging and copying the revelations which had been given us in which I was assisted by who now resided with me Whilst thus engaged I recieved a Letter from (who had returned to ) which caused me much pain and anxiety I can only give my readers an extract of the contents as the letter is now lost
He wrote to inform me that he had discovered an error in one of the Commandments—see Book of doctrine and Covenants Sect. 2 Part 7 (see also this History Page 56) “and truly manifest by their works that they have recieved of the spirit of Cchrist unto the remission of their sins”
This quotation he said was incorrect and added “I command you in the name of God to erase those words that no priest-craft be among us” I imediately wrote him in reply asking by what authority he commanded me to alter or erase to add to or diminish from any commandment or revelation from Almighty God In a few days I visited him and found that and family had imbibed the same opinion and it was with great difficulty that I could convince any of them that the doctrine contained in the sentance was in strict accordance with those of the scripture and was in fact a revelation from God At length became convinced [p. 86]
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