Nauvoo Relief Society Minute Book

  • Source Note
  • Historical Introduction
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were not going right in &c. Said if he  had common sympathies, would rejoice that the sick could  be heal’d: that the time had not been before, that these things  could be in their proper order— that the church is not now  organiz’d in its proper order, and cannot be until the  is completed—— Prest. Smith continued the subject  by adverting to the commission given to the ancient apostles  “Go ye into all the world” &c.— no matter who believeth; these  signs, such as healing the sick, casting out devils &c. should  follow all that believe whether male or female. He ask’d  the if they could not see by this sweeping stroke, that  wherein they are , it is the privilege of those set apart to  administer in that authority which is confer’d on them— and if  the sisters should have faith to heal the sick, let all hold  their tongues, and let every thing roll on.
He said, if God has appointed him, and chosen him  as an instrument to lead the , why not let him lead it  through? Why stand in the way, when he is appointed to do a  thing? Who knows the mind of God? Does he not reveal  things differently from what we expect?— He remark’d that  he was continually rising— altho’ he had every thing bearing him  down— standing in his way and opposing— after all he always comes  out right in the end.
Respecting the female laying on hands, he  further remark’d, there could be no devil in it if God gave  his sanction by healing— that there could be no more sin in any  female laying hands on the sick than in wetting the face with  water— that it is no sin for any body to do it that has faith, or  if the sick has faith to be heal’d by the administration.
He reprov’d those that were dispos’d to find fault  with the management of concerns— saying if he undertook to lead  the church he would lead it right— that he calculates to organize  the church in proper order &c. [p. [36]]
were not going right in &c. Said if he had common sympathies, would rejoice that the sick could be heal’d: that the time had not been before, that these things could be in their proper order— that the church is not now organiz’d in its proper order, and cannot be until the is completed—— Prest. Smith continued the subject by adverting to the commission given to the ancient apostles “Go ye into all the world” &c.— no matter who believeth; these signs, such as healing the sick, casting out devils &c. should follow all that believe whether male or female. He ask’d the if they could not see by this sweeping stroke, that wherein they are , it is the privilege of those set apart to administer in that authority which is confer’d on them— and if the sisters should have faith to heal the sick, let all hold their tongues, and let every thing roll on.
He said, if God has appointed him, and chosen him as an instrument to lead the , why not let him lead it through? Why stand in the way, when he is appointed to do a thing? Who knows the mind of God? Does he not reveal things differently from what we expect?— He remark’d that he was continually rising— altho’ he had every thing bearing him down— standing in his way and opposing— after all he always comes out right in the end.
Respecting the female laying on hands, he further remark’d, there could be no devil in it if God gave his sanction by healing— that there could be no more sin in any female laying hands on the sick than in wetting the face with water— that it is no sin for any body to do it that has faith, or if the sick has faith to be heal’d by the administration.
He reprov’d those that were dispos’d to find fault with the management of concerns— saying if he undertook to lead the church he would lead it right— that he calculates to organize the church in proper order &c. [p. [36]]
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