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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[page 36 missing] and other branches, they also employed the celebrated Hebrew teacher, , who gave them much insight into the Hebrew leanguage in a short time. They had been previously commanded to seek learning and study the best books, and get a know[l]edge 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 their 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 Solem Assembly was conducted nearly as follows. The cerimony was first performed upon the first presidency, together with the bishops and their counsellors, after which the elders in their turn attended to the cerimony, and <it was> alike upon <all.> [p. 37]
[page 36 missing] and other branches, they also employed the celebrated Hebrew teacher, , who gave them much insight into the Hebrew leanguage in a short time. 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 their 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 Solem Assembly was conducted nearly as follows. The cerimony was first performed upon the first presidency, together with the bishops and their counsellors, after which the elders in their turn attended to the cerimony, and it was alike upon all. [p. 37]
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