Journal, December 1841–December 1842

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, and if they could not find him there they would search the state &c. As before  stated the Sheriffs left the about four o clock saying they were going to  but did not meet them on the road. It is believed they are gone to  . In consequence of these reports it was considered wisdom that some of  the brethren should go and inform Joseph accordingly about 9 o clock  , , , , & started by  different routs, on foot and proceeded to the place where Joseph was. When  the statement was made the president prepared to leave the city, expecting  he was no longer safe, but upon hearing the whole statement from those  present, he said he should not leave his present retreat yet, he did not think  he was discovered, neither did he think he was any more unsafe than before  He discovered a degree of excitement and agitation manifest in those  who brought the report and he took occasion to gently reprove all present  for letting report excite them, and advised them not to suffer themselves to be  wrought upon by any report, but to maintain an even, undaunted mind  Each one began to gather courage and all fears were soon subsided, and the  greatest union and good feeling prevailed amongst all present.
Various subjects then was conversed upon and council given by the  president which was felt to be both seasonable and salutary. After  conversing a while in the grove the company retired into the house  and sat and conversed untill 2 o clock at about which time they  departed evidently satisfied and much encouraged by the interview  It was considered wisdom that the president should have all things in  readiness so that if it was necessary he could start immediately for  the where he would be beyond the reach of his pursuers.
16 August 1842 • Tuesday
Tuesday 16th. Wrote a letter to giving her instructions how to proceed  in case he had to go to the . Also wrote a letter to asking his opinion about the appearance of things and the best  course to be pursued. took the letters and is expected back  soon. Brother is one among the number of the faithful.  souls, who have taken as yet the greatest interest that possibly could have  been imagined for the welfare of president Joseph I therefore record the  following blessing from the mouth of the president himself.
“Blessed is  Brother , and he shall be blessed of the Lord; he possesses  a sober mind, and a faithful heart; the snares therefore that are  subsequent to befall other men, who are treacherous and rotten-hearted,  shall not come nigh unto his doors, but shall be far from the path  of his feet. He loveth wisdom, and shall be found possessed of her.  Let their be a crown of glory, and a diadem upon his head. Let the light  of eternal Truth shine forth upon his understanding; let his name be  had in everlasting remembrance; let the blessings of Jehovah be crowned  upon his posterity after him, for he rendered me consolation, in the lonely  places of my retreat: How good, and glorious, it has seemed unto me, to  find pure and holy friends, who are faithful, just and true, and whose  hearts fail not; and whose knees are confirmed and do not faulter;  while they wait upon the Lord, in administering to my necessities; <See Page 164> [p. 135]
, and if they could not find him there they would search the state &c. As before stated the Sheriffs left the about four o clock saying they were going to but did not meet them on the road. It is believed they are gone to . In consequence of these reports it was considered wisdom that some of the brethren should go and inform Joseph accordingly about 9 o clock , , , , & started by different routs, on foot and proceeded to the place where Joseph was. When the statement was made the president prepared to leave the city, expecting he was no longer safe, but upon hearing the whole statement from those present, he said he should not leave his present retreat yet, he did not think he was discovered, neither did he think he was any more unsafe than before He discovered a degree of excitement and agitation manifest in those who brought the report and he took occasion to gently reprove all present for letting report excite them, and advised them not to suffer themselves to be wrought upon by any report, but to maintain an even, undaunted mind Each one began to gather courage and all fears were soon subsided, and the greatest union and good feeling prevailed amongst all present.
Various subjects then was conversed upon and council given by the president which was felt to be both seasonable and salutary. After conversing a while in the grove the company retired into the house and sat and conversed untill 2 o clock at about which time they departed evidently satisfied and much encouraged by the interview It was considered wisdom that the president should have all things in readiness so that if it was necessary he could start immediately for the where he would be beyond the reach of his pursuers.
16 August 1842 • Tuesday
Tuesday 16th. Wrote a letter to giving her instructions how to proceed in case he had to go to the . Also wrote a letter to asking his opinion about the appearance of things and the best course to be pursued. took the letters and is expected back soon. Brother is one among the number of the faithful. souls, who have taken as yet the greatest interest that possibly could have been imagined for the welfare of president Joseph I therefore record the following blessing from the mouth of the president himself.
“Blessed is Brother , and he shall be blessed of the Lord; he possesses a sober mind, and a faithful heart; the snares therefore that are subsequent to befall other men, who are treacherous and rotten-hearted, shall not come nigh unto his doors, but shall be far from the path of his feet. He loveth wisdom, and shall be found possessed of her. Let their be a crown of glory, and a diadem upon his head. Let the light of eternal Truth shine forth upon his understanding; let his name be had in everlasting remembrance; let the blessings of Jehovah be crowned upon his posterity after him, for he rendered me consolation, in the lonely places of my retreat: How good, and glorious, it has seemed unto me, to find pure and holy friends, who are faithful, just and true, and whose hearts fail not; and whose knees are confirmed and do not faulter; while they wait upon the Lord, in administering to my necessities; See Page 164 [p. 135]
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