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

  • Source Note
  • Historical Introduction
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, who gave them much insight, in a short time, into that  language. They had been previously commanded to seek learning  and study the best books, and get a knowledge of countries, king doms, languages, &c., which inspired them with an extravagant thirst  after knowledge. Several months previous to this they had been  commanded to prepare themselves for a solemn assembly, as may  be seen by referring to the book of covenants.
At length the time arrived for this assembly to meet, previous to  which, Smith exhorted the elders to solemnise their minds, by casting  away every evil from them in thought, word, or deed, and let their  hearts become sanctified, because they need not expect a blessing  from God without being duly prepared for it; for the Holy Ghost  would not dwell in unholy temples. This meeting took place in  March, 1836, a little previous to which the had been  dedicated. As well as I can remember, the solemn assembly was  conducted nearly as follows. The ceremony was first performed  upon the first presidency, together with the bishops and their counsel lors; after which the elders in their turn attended to the ceremony,  and it was alike upon all occasions. They were to purify their bodies  by washing them entirely with pure water, after which they were to  wash each others feet, and anoint each other with oil, pronouncing  mutual blessings during the performance. The sacrament was then  administered, in which they partook of the bread and wine freely,  and a report went abroad that some of them got drunk: as to that every  man must answer for himself. A similar report, the reader will recol lect, went out concerning the disciples, at Jerusalem, on the day of  penticost. This was followed by a marvellous spirit of prophecy.  Every man’s mouth was full of prophecying, and for a number of days  or weeks their time was spent in visiting from house to house, making  feasts, prophecying, and pronouncing blessings on each other, to that  degree, that from the external appearance, one would have supposed  that the last days had truly come, in which the spirit of the Lord was  poured out upon all flesh, as far as the church was concerned, for their  sons and their daughters were full of prophecying. In this prophecy ing great blessings were pronounced upon the faithful, and also great  curses upon the ungodly. Long before this, a committee had been  appointed, to collect and compile the articles, covenants, and disci pline of the church. This had been done, presented to, and adopted  by the church, and published to the world.
As a preparation, also, to the solemn assembly, all the cons[t]ituted  authorities, or quorums, were filled out in point of numbers, and pre sented to the church, each one in its proper place, and acknowledged  of the church as the proper authorities by which the church should be  governed, according to the articles and covenants. These authori ties, or different quorums, had been organised and established, one  after another, by Smith himself, as the church increased, and their  different powers plainly set forth in the book of doctrine and cove nants. But, for the satisfaction of those who have not access to that  book, I will here give a general account of them. [p. 23]
, who gave them much insight, in a short time, into that language. They had been previously commanded to seek learning and study the best books, and get a knowledge of countries, kingdoms, languages, &c., which inspired them with an extravagant thirst after knowledge. Several months previous to this they had been commanded to prepare themselves for a solemn assembly, as may be seen by referring to the book of covenants.
At length the time arrived for this assembly to meet, previous to which, Smith exhorted the elders to solemnise their minds, by casting away every evil from them in thought, word, or deed, and let their hearts become sanctified, because they need not expect a blessing from God without being duly prepared for it; for the Holy Ghost would not dwell in unholy temples. This meeting took place in March, 1836, a little previous to which the had been dedicated. As well as I can remember, the solemn assembly was conducted nearly as follows. The ceremony was first performed upon the first presidency, together with the bishops and their counsellors; after which the elders in their turn attended to the ceremony, and it was alike upon all occasions. They were to purify their bodies by washing them entirely with pure water, after which they were to wash each others feet, and anoint each other with oil, pronouncing mutual blessings during the performance. The sacrament was then administered, in which they partook of the bread and wine freely, and a report went abroad that some of them got drunk: as to that every man must answer for himself. A similar report, the reader will recollect, went out concerning the disciples, at Jerusalem, on the day of penticost. This was followed by a marvellous spirit of prophecy. Every man’s mouth was full of prophecying, and for a number of days or weeks their time was spent in visiting from house to house, making feasts, prophecying, and pronouncing blessings on each other, to that degree, that from the external appearance, one would have supposed that the last days had truly come, in which the spirit of the Lord was poured out upon all flesh, as far as the church was concerned, for their sons and their daughters were full of prophecying. In this prophecying great blessings were pronounced upon the faithful, and also great curses upon the ungodly. Long before this, a committee had been appointed, to collect and compile the articles, covenants, and discipline of the church. This had been done, presented to, and adopted by the church, and published to the world.
As a preparation, also, to the solemn assembly, all the constituted authorities, or quorums, were filled out in point of numbers, and presented to the church, each one in its proper place, and acknowledged of the church as the proper authorities by which the church should be governed, according to the articles and covenants. These authorities, or different quorums, had been organised and established, one after another, by Smith himself, as the church increased, and their different powers plainly set forth in the book of doctrine and covenants. But, for the satisfaction of those who have not access to that book, I will here give a general account of them. [p. 23]
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