Nauvoo Relief Society Minute Book

  • Source Note
  • Historical Introduction
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that the of the kingdom are about to be given to them, that  they may be able to detect every thing false— as well as to the
He said if one member becomes corrupt and you know  it; you must immediately put it away. The sympathies of the  heads of the have induc’d them to bear with those that  were corrupt; in consequence of which all become contaminated—  you must put down iniquity and by your good example  provoke the Elders to good works— if you do right, no danger of  going too fast: he said he did not care how fast we run in the  path of virtue. Resist evil and there is no danger. God, men,  angels, and devils can’t condemn those that resist every thing that  is evil— as well might the devil seek to dethrone Jehovah, as that  soul that resists every thing that is evil.
The charitable — this is according to your  natures— it is natural for females to have feelings of charity—  you are now plac’d in a situatio[n] where you can act according  to those sympathies which God has planted in your bosoms.  If you live up to these principles how great and glorious!—  if you live up to your privilege, the angels cannot be restrain’d  from being your associates— females, if they are pure and innocent  can come into the presence of God; for what is more pleasing to  God than innocence; you must be innocent or you cannot come  up before God. If ye <we> would come before God let us be pure  ourselves. The devil has great power— he will so transform  things as to make one gape at those who are doing the will  of God— You need not be tearing men for their deeds,  but let the weight of innocence be felt; which is more  mighty than a millstone hung about the neck. Not war,  not jangle, not contradiction, but meekness, love, purity, these  are the things that should magnify us.— Achan must  be brought to light— iniquity must be purged out— then the  vail will be rent and the blessings of heaven will flow down [p. [38]]
that the of the kingdom are about to be given to them, that they may be able to detect every thing false— as well as to the
He said if one member becomes corrupt and you know it; you must immediately put it away. The sympathies of the heads of the have induc’d them to bear with those that were corrupt; in consequence of which all become contaminated— you must put down iniquity and by your good example provoke the Elders to good works— if you do right, no danger of going too fast: he said he did not care how fast we run in the path of virtue. Resist evil and there is no danger. God, men, angels, and devils can’t condemn those that resist every thing that is evil— as well might the devil seek to dethrone Jehovah, as that soul that resists every thing that is evil.
The charitable — this is according to your natures— it is natural for females to have feelings of charity— you are now plac’d in a situation where you can act according to those sympathies which God has planted in your bosoms. If you live up to these principles how great and glorious!— if you live up to your privilege, the angels cannot be restrain’d from being your associates— females, if they are pure and innocent can come into the presence of God; for what is more pleasing to God than innocence; you must be innocent or you cannot come up before God. If we would come before God let us be pure ourselves. The devil has great power— he will so transform things as to make one gape at those who are doing the will of God— You need not be tearing men for their deeds, but let the weight of innocence be felt; which is more mighty than a millstone hung about the neck. Not war, not jangle, not contradiction, but meekness, love, purity, these are the things that should magnify us.— Achan must be brought to light— iniquity must be purged out— then the vail will be rent and the blessings of heaven will flow down [p. [38]]
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