Journal, 1835–1836

  • Source Note
  • Historical Introduction
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be received into the church by  which was administered acordingly.
after I came home I took up a labour with   and convinced him that he  was wrong & he made his confession to my  satisfaction; I then went and laboured with   and succeded in convin cing him also of his error which he confessed  to my satisfaction.
The word of the Lord came unto me saying  that & President  are under condemnation before the Lord, for  their iniquities; I also took up a labour with   for leaving the meeting before <not partaking of the> , he made his confession; also  for the same leaving the meeting before sacram ent she made no reply, but manifested cont rition by weeping

Editorial Note
The following entry describes a visit to JS by , more commonly known as the Prophet Matthias. In Albany, New York, in 1830 and in , New York, in 1831, Matthews launched his career as a prophet with attempts to win over recent converts from Charles G. Finney’s revivals. In 1832, Matthews converted Elijah Pierson and a few of his Bowery Hill Kingdom disciples in . Following the death of Pierson, Matthews was charged with his murder. Although acquitted, Matthews was jailed for whipping his daughter and for contempt of court. Suffering from internal dissension, public spectacle, and Matthews’s four-month incarceration, Matthews’s kingdom crumbled. Three months after his release from county jail, Matthews was reported to be traveling in and asking for directions to . A few days later he arrived at the home of JS. His visit prompted JS to relate, as JS characterized it, a “brief history of the establishment of the Church of Christ in these last days.” A visitor later in the week heard a similar recounting, though one recorded in much less detail.

9–11 November 1835 • Monday–Wednesday

Monday morning 9th. after breckfast  Sister <Mary> Whitcher came in and wished to see  me, she I granted her request she gave a rela tion of her griveances which were, unfathonable  at present, and if true sore indeed, and I pray  my heavenly Father to bring the truth of her  case to light, that the reward due to evil doers  may be given them, and <that> the afflicted & oppressed  may be delivered;— while setting in my house  between the hours of nine <ten> & 10 11 this morning  a man came in, and introduced him self to me, calling <himself> self <by the name of> , his appearance was some  what < thing> singular, having a beard about 3 inches  in length which is quite grey, also his hair  is long and considerably silvered with age [p. 22]
be received into the church by which was administered acordingly.
after I came home I took up a labour with and convinced him that he was wrong & he made his confession to my satisfaction; I then went and laboured with and succeded in convincing him also of his error which he confessed to my satisfaction.
The word of the Lord came unto me saying that & President are under condemnation before the Lord, for their iniquities; I also took up a labour with for not partaking of the , he made his confession; also for leaving the meeting before sacrament she made no reply, but manifested contrition by weeping

Editorial Note
The following entry describes a visit to JS by , more commonly known as the Prophet Matthias. In Albany, New York, in 1830 and in , New York, in 1831, Matthews launched his career as a prophet with attempts to win over recent converts from Charles G. Finney’s revivals. In 1832, Matthews converted Elijah Pierson and a few of his Bowery Hill Kingdom disciples in . Following the death of Pierson, Matthews was charged with his murder. Although acquitted, Matthews was jailed for whipping his daughter and for contempt of court. Suffering from internal dissension, public spectacle, and Matthews’s four-month incarceration, Matthews’s kingdom crumbled. Three months after his release from county jail, Matthews was reported to be traveling in and asking for directions to . A few days later he arrived at the home of JS. His visit prompted JS to relate, as JS characterized it, a “brief history of the establishment of the Church of Christ in these last days.” A visitor later in the week heard a similar recounting, though one recorded in much less detail.

9–11 November 1835 • Monday–Wednesday

Monday morning 9th. after breckfast Mary Whitcher came in and wished to see me, I granted her request she gave a relation of her griveances which were, unfathonable at present, and if true sore indeed, and I pray my heavenly Father to bring the truth of her case to light, that the reward due to evil doers may be given them, and that the afflicted & oppressed may be delivered;— while setting in my house between the hours of ten & 11 this morning a man came in, and introduced himself to me, calling himself by the name of , his appearance was some thing singular, having a beard about 3 inches in length which is quite grey, also his hair is long and considerably silvered with age [p. 22]
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