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

  • Source Note
  • Historical Introduction
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Church was organized in , a township a few miles from  , at which time and were chosen coun sellors to the , to assist him in his business, which was to receive  consecrations of property, and attend to the temporal concerns of the  Church.
Previous to this there was a revelation received, requiring the pro phet to call the elders together, that they might receive an endowment.  This was done, and the meeting took place some time in June.  About fifty elders met, which was about all the elders that then be longed to the church. The meeting was conducted by Smith. Some  curious things took place. The same visionary and marvellous spirits,  spoken of before, got hold of some of the elders; it threw one from his  seat to the floor; it bound another, so that for some time he could not  use his limbs nor speak; and some other curious effects were experi enced, but, by a mighty exertion, in the name of the Lord, it was ex posed and shown to be from an evil source. The Malchisedec [Melchizedek] priest hood was then for the first time introduced, and conferred on several  of the elders. In this chiefly consisted the endowment—it being a  new order—and bestowed authority. However, some doubting took  place among the elders, and considerable conversation was held on the  subject. The elders not fairly understanding the nature of the en dowments, it took some time to reconcile all their feelings. In a few  days, however, a commandment was received for the elders to go to  , two by two; no two were to travel in the track of the  others, and they were to preach the gospel by the way. After a little  delay we started. Smith, , and six or eight others came in  company. They continued their journey until they arrived in , where they found and his companions.  Smith pointed out the spot for the , received some revelation  concerning the purchasing of land and settling the church in that  place, appointed some persons to remain there, held one or two con ferences, and then returned with part of his company to ;   went back with him.
Chapter 11
CHAPTER XI.
 
Enthusiasm to emigrate to —Rules not observed—Consequences— Citizens become dissatisfied—Violence to the —Property destroyed—Mor mons agree to leave—Petition to the —His answer—Further hostilities —Preparation for defence—Fatal conflict—Mormons go to —Their re ception—Grand Jury——Attorney General.
 
The church immediately began to gather in , and  on this subject they became quite enthusiastic. They had been com manded not to go up in haste, nor by flight, but to have all things pre pared before them. Money was to be sent up to the , and as  fast as lands were purchased, and preparations made, the was [p. 18]
Church was organized in , a township a few miles from , at which time and were chosen counsellors to the , to assist him in his business, which was to receive consecrations of property, and attend to the temporal concerns of the Church.
Previous to this there was a revelation received, requiring the prophet to call the elders together, that they might receive an endowment. This was done, and the meeting took place some time in June. About fifty elders met, which was about all the elders that then belonged to the church. The meeting was conducted by Smith. Some curious things took place. The same visionary and marvellous spirits, spoken of before, got hold of some of the elders; it threw one from his seat to the floor; it bound another, so that for some time he could not use his limbs nor speak; and some other curious effects were experienced, but, by a mighty exertion, in the name of the Lord, it was exposed and shown to be from an evil source. The Malchisedec Melchizedek priesthood was then for the first time introduced, and conferred on several of the elders. In this chiefly consisted the endowment—it being a new order—and bestowed authority. However, some doubting took place among the elders, and considerable conversation was held on the subject. The elders not fairly understanding the nature of the endowments, it took some time to reconcile all their feelings. In a few days, however, a commandment was received for the elders to go to , two by two; no two were to travel in the track of the others, and they were to preach the gospel by the way. After a little delay we started. Smith, , and six or eight others came in company. They continued their journey until they arrived in , where they found and his companions. Smith pointed out the spot for the , received some revelation concerning the purchasing of land and settling the church in that place, appointed some persons to remain there, held one or two conferences, and then returned with part of his company to ; went back with him.
Chapter 11
CHAPTER XI.
 
Enthusiasm to emigrate to —Rules not observed—Consequences—Citizens become dissatisfied—Violence to the —Property destroyed—Mormons agree to leave—Petition to the —His answer—Further hostilities—Preparation for defence—Fatal conflict—Mormons go to —Their reception—Grand Jury——Attorney General.
 
The church immediately began to gather in , and on this subject they became quite enthusiastic. They had been commanded not to go up in haste, nor by flight, but to have all things prepared before them. Money was to be sent up to the , and as fast as lands were purchased, and preparations made, the was [p. 18]
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