John Fletcher Darby Papers, Missouri History Museum Archives, St. Louis.

John Corrill, “Brief History,” Manuscript, circa 1838–1839

  • Source Note
  • Historical Introduction
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Chapter 10
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<Increase of the church— Further account of the visionaries— Revelation concerning them— Appointed a counsellor to the bishop— Duties— The Endowment Meeting of fifty elders— The Endowment— Do 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 and <that> the elders became so dissatisfied with them that <they> became 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 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 and endowment. This was done, and the meeting took place sometime in June. About fifty elders met, which was about all the elders that then belonged to the church [p. 25]
Chapter 10
[page 24 missing] Chap. 10
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 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 sometime in June. About fifty elders met, which was about all the elders that then belonged to the church [p. 25]
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