Journal, December 1841–December 1842

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to the Priesthood saith the Lord of Hosts. And again, let all the Records be  had in order, that they may be put in the archives of my holy Temple, to  be held in remembrance from generation to generation, saith the Lord of Hosts.
I will say to all the saints, that I desired with exceeding great  desire, to have address’d them from the Stand, on the subject of baptism for  the dead, on the following sabbath: But inasmuch as it is out of my power  to do so, I will write the Word of the Lord from time to time, on that  subject, and send it you by Mail, as well as many other things.
I now close my letter for the present, for the want of more  time; for the enemy is on the alert, and as the Savior said, the prince of  this world cometh, but he hath nothing in me. Behold! my prayer to  God, is, that you all may be saved and I subscribe myself, your servant  in the Lord, prophet and Seer of the Church of Jesus Christ, of Latter- Day Saints.
Joseph Smith.[”]
When this letter was read before the brethren it cheered their hearts  and evidently had the effect of stimulating them and inspiring them  with courage, and faithfulness.

6 September 1842 • Tuesday

Tuesday 6th. This evining , , , &   visited President Joseph, the three latter especially to council  concerning their mission &c and the two former concerning a settlement  with brother . The evening was spent cheerfully but  nothing of special importance transpired.

7 September 1842 • Wednesday

Wednesday 7th. Early this morning and from visited  president Joseph and brought several letters from some of the brethren  in that region. One letter from Dr. I will mention in  this place. When speaking concerning his interview with Mr Esqr of he says. “He would be happy to receive a letter  of his (president Josephs) own dictation, signed by his own hand”.
General had wrote a letter and sent it by mail which was  received a few days ago, and when president Joseph read the foregoing  clause in letter he concluded to write him an answer.  I will now record the letter from Genl which is as  follows—
August 16th. 1842
“Dear Sir—
Your polite and friendly note was handed to me a few  days since by Dr , who I must say is a very fine specimen of  the Mormon people if they are all like him, and indeed I think him  a very excellent representative of yourself, as I find he is your most devoted  admirer and true disciple. He spent two days with me, and from his  arguments and extremely mild and gentlemanly demeaner almost made  me a Mormon.
You have another representative here, (who spent a day with me some  time since) of the name of , who is I think president of the church  in and most unquestionably a most excellent and good man, [p. 190]
to the Priesthood saith the Lord of Hosts. And again, let all the Records be had in order, that they may be put in the archives of my holy Temple, to be held in remembrance from generation to generation, saith the Lord of Hosts.
I will say to all the saints, that I desired with exceeding great desire, to have address’d them from the Stand, on the subject of baptism for the dead, on the following sabbath: But inasmuch as it is out of my power to do so, I will write the Word of the Lord from time to time, on that subject, and send it you by Mail, as well as many other things.
I now close my letter for the present, for the want of more time; for the enemy is on the alert, and as the Savior said, the prince of this world cometh, but he hath nothing in me. Behold! my prayer to God, is, that you all may be saved and I subscribe myself, your servant in the Lord, prophet and Seer of the Church of Jesus Christ, of Latter-Day Saints.
Joseph Smith.”
When this letter was read before the brethren it cheered their hearts and evidently had the effect of stimulating them and inspiring them with courage, and faithfulness.

6 September 1842 • Tuesday

Tuesday 6th. This evining , , , & visited President Joseph, the three latter especially to council concerning their mission &c and the two former concerning a settlement with brother . The evening was spent cheerfully but nothing of special importance transpired.

7 September 1842 • Wednesday

Wednesday 7th. Early this morning and from visited president Joseph and brought several letters from some of the brethren in that region. One letter from Dr. I will mention in this place. When speaking concerning his interview with Mr Esqr of he says. “He would be happy to receive a letter of his (president Josephs) own dictation, signed by his own hand”.
General had wrote a letter and sent it by mail which was received a few days ago, and when president Joseph read the foregoing clause in letter he concluded to write him an answer. I will now record the letter from Genl which is as follows—
August 16th. 1842
“Dear Sir—
Your polite and friendly note was handed to me a few days since by Dr , who I must say is a very fine specimen of the Mormon people if they are all like him, and indeed I think him a very excellent representative of yourself, as I find he is your most devoted admirer and true disciple. He spent two days with me, and from his arguments and extremely mild and gentlemanly demeaner almost made me a Mormon.
You have another representative here, (who spent a day with me some time since) of the name of , who is I think president of the church in and most unquestionably a most excellent and good man, [p. 190]
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