John Corrill, A Brief History of the Church of Christ of Latter Day Saints, 1839

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  • Historical Introduction
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more substantial minded looked upon it with astonishment, and were  suspicious that it was from an evil source.
I joined the Church on the tenth of January, 1831, and in the course  of three or four days I was ordained an elder. Shortly after this, the  Church from the State of removed to , Ohio.  Smith and were among the number; for, after had  joined the Church in , he was afraid that he had been deceived,  so he and went to the State of to in quire further into it. said he went to the enemies of the Church  to find out their feelings and objections, and then went to its friends  and heard their story, and became satisfied that it was true, and the  marvellous work of God. He remained there till the Church removed  to , and he came with them. Much curiosity was gratified  in looking at the prophet and talking with him.
Shortly after he arrived at , Smith received a Revelation  appointing Bishop of the Church. This was the  first time that I knew or even thought that there was to be a Bishop  in the Church, but on reflection I knew that there were bishops in old  times, and I said nothing against it. In a short time after this, Smith  received the Revelation called the Law, which contained several good  moral precepts; it also required a consecration of property, and com manded the elders to go west and preach, two by two. They soon  started, myself among others. was my companion  in travel, and a pleasing one he was to me. We went to New Lon don, about one hundred miles from , where we built up a  Church of thirty-six members in about three weeks time, though we  were bitterly opposed by other preachers. After which we returned  to .

Chapter 10

CHAPTER X.
 
Increase of the Church—Further account of the Visionaries—Revelation concerning  them—Appointed a Counsellor to the Bishop—Duties—Meeting of Fifty Elders— the Endowment—Doubting—Commandment to go to —Arrival in —Smith returns to .
 
Other elders proceeded to erect churches in various places, and the  work increased very fast. Smith remained in . Those vision ary spirits spoken of before continued in the church, and rose to such  a height that the elders became so dissatisfied with them that they de termined to have something done about it. Accordingly, they called  upon the prophet and united in prayer, and asked God to give them  light upon the subject. They received a revelation through the prophet,  which was very gratifying, for it condemned these visionary spirits,  and gave rules for judging of spirits in general. After a while these  spirits were rooted out of the Church. Some time in May following a [p. 17]
more substantial minded looked upon it with astonishment, and were suspicious that it was from an evil source.
I joined the Church on the tenth of January, 1831, and in the course of three or four days I was ordained an elder. Shortly after this, the Church from the State of removed to , Ohio. Smith and were among the number; for, after had joined the Church in , he was afraid that he had been deceived, so he and went to the State of to inquire further into it. said he went to the enemies of the Church to find out their feelings and objections, and then went to its friends and heard their story, and became satisfied that it was true, and the marvellous work of God. He remained there till the Church removed to , and he came with them. Much curiosity was gratified in looking at the prophet and talking with him.
Shortly after he arrived at , Smith received a Revelation appointing Bishop of the Church. This was the first time that I knew or even thought that there was to be a Bishop in the Church, but on reflection I knew that there were bishops in old times, and I said nothing against it. In a short time after this, Smith received the Revelation called the Law, which contained several good moral precepts; it also required a consecration of property, and commanded the elders to go west and preach, two by two. They soon started, myself among others. was my companion in travel, and a pleasing one he was to me. We went to New London, about one hundred miles from , where we built up a Church of thirty-six members in about three weeks time, though we were bitterly opposed by other preachers. After which we returned to .

Chapter 10

CHAPTER X.
 
Increase of the Church—Further account of the Visionaries—Revelation concerning them—Appointed a Counsellor to the Bishop—Duties—Meeting of Fifty Elders—the Endowment—Doubting—Commandment to go to —Arrival in —Smith returns to .
 
Other elders proceeded to erect churches in various places, and the work increased very fast. Smith remained in . Those visionary spirits spoken of before continued in the church, and rose to such a height that the elders became so dissatisfied with them that they determined to have something done about it. Accordingly, they called upon the prophet and united in prayer, and asked God to give them light upon the subject. They received a revelation through the prophet, which was very gratifying, for it condemned these visionary spirits, and gave rules for judging of spirits in general. After a while these spirits were rooted out of the Church. Some time in May following a [p. 17]
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