John Whitmer, History, 1831–circa 1847

  • Source Note
  • Historical Introduction
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and others held a meeting in the city  of Ohio, in the Masonick hall by the request  of some of the Citizens of said . An opertunity which some  sought to bring about their evil designs.  addressed the congregation on the subject of the gospel; and  warned the inhabitants of that place to flee the wrath to come.
Others followed him and while they were yet speaking  One of the congregation came towards the stand and kneeled down  and began to pray, a sign to the bandity [banditti] to begin their abuse,  At this time they began to blow out the candles ang [and] throw  inkstands and books &c at the speaker. and one of the  brethren prayed that the Lord would stop the utteranc[e] of  the fellow that came and kneeled at the stand and he  became silent and could not rise from his knees for  some time, because of the prayer of faith.
In the beginning of the church, while yet in her infancy, the  disciples used to exclude unbelievers, which caused some to marvel, and  converse about this matter because of the things that were written  in the Book of Mormon. Therefore the Lord deigned to speak on this  subject, that his people might come to understanding. and said,  that he had always given to his people in Elders to conduct all meetings  as they were led by the spirit. &c. See. Revelation Given March  1831. Book Doctrine and Covenants first edition printed at   Ohio. Page 132 Section 16. insert the Revelation.

Chapter 5

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The time drew near for the brethren from the State of   to arrive at Ohio. And some had supposed  that it was the place of gathering even the place of the New Jerusa lam spoken of in the Book of Mormon. according to the visions  and revelations received in the last days. There was no preparation  made for the reception of the Saints. from the east. The  being anxious to know something concerning the matter. Therefore  the Lord spake unto Joseph Jr Smith Jr. as follows; [p. 23]
and others held a meeting in the city of Ohio, in the Masonick hall by the request of some of the Citizens of said . An opertunity which some sought to bring about their evil designs. addressed the congregation on the subject of the gospel; and warned the inhabitants of that place to flee the wrath to come.
Others followed him and while they were yet speaking One of the congregation came towards the stand and kneeled down and began to pray, a sign to the bandity [banditti] to begin their abuse, At this time they began to blow out the candles ang and throw inkstands and books &c at the speaker. and one of the brethren prayed that the Lord would stop the utterance of the fellow that came and kneeled at the stand and he became silent and could not rise from his knees for some time, because of the prayer of faith.
In the beginning of the church, while yet in her infancy, the disciples used to exclude unbelievers, which caused some to marvel, and converse about this matter because of the things that were written in the Book of Mormon. Therefore the Lord deigned to speak on this subject, that his people might come to understanding. and said, that he had always given to his Elders to conduct all meetings as they were led by the spirit. &c. See. Revelation Given March 1831. Book Doctrine and Covenants first edition printed at Ohio. Page 132 Section 16. insert the Revelation.

Chapter 5

Chapter. V.
The time drew near for the brethren from the State of to arrive at Ohio. And some had supposed that it was the place of gathering even the place of the New Jerusalam spoken of in the Book of Mormon. according to the visions and revelations received in the last days. There was no preparation made for the reception of the Saints. from the east. The being anxious to know something concerning the matter. Therefore the Lord spake unto Joseph Smith Jr. as follows; [p. 23]
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