Nauvoo Relief Society Minute Book

  • Source Note
  • Historical Introduction
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contracted in their views. You must not be contracted, but  you must be liberal in your feelings.
Let this teach how to act towards husbands  to treat them with mildness and affection. When a man is  borne down with trouble— when he is perplex’d; if he can meet  a smile, an argument— if he can meet with mildness, it will  calm down his soul and soothe his feelings. When the mind  is going to despair, it needs a solace.
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This Society is to get instruction thro’ the order  which God has established— thro’ the medium of those appointed  to lead— and I now turn the to you in the name of God  and this Society shall rejoice and knowledge and intelligence  shall flow down from this time— this is the beginning of  better days, to this Society
When you go home never give a cross  word, but let kindness, charity and love, crown your works  henceforward. Don’t envy sinners— have mercy on them,  God will destroy them.— Let your labors be confin’d most ly to those around you in your own circle; as far as knowledge  is concerned, it may extend to all the world, but your  administrations, should be confin’d to the circle of your  immediate acquaintance, and more especially to the  members of the Society.
Those ordain’d to lead the Society, are authoriz’d  to appoint to different offices as the circumstances shall  require.
If any have a matter to reveal, let it be in your  own tongue. Do not indulge too much in the gift  of tongues, or the devil will take advantage of the  innocent. You may speak in tongues for your comfort  but I lay this down for a rule that if any thing is [p. [40]]
contracted in their views. You must not be contracted, but you must be liberal in your feelings.
Let this teach how to act towards husbands to treat them with mildness and affection. When a man is borne down with trouble— when he is perplex’d; if he can meet a smile, an argument— if he can meet with mildness, it will calm down his soul and soothe his feelings. When the mind is going to despair, it needs a solace.
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This Society is to get instruction thro’ the order which God has established— thro’ the medium of those appointed to lead— and I now turn the to you in the name of God and this Society shall rejoice and knowledge and intelligence shall flow down from this time— this is the beginning of better days, to this Society
When you go home never give a cross word, but let kindness, charity and love, crown your works henceforward. Don’t envy sinners— have mercy on them, God will destroy them.— Let your labors be confin’d mostly to those around you in your own circle; as far as knowledge is concerned, it may extend to all the world, but your administrations, should be confin’d to the circle of your immediate acquaintance, and more especially to the members of the Society.
Those ordain’d to lead the Society, are authoriz’d to appoint to different offices as the circumstances shall require.
If any have a matter to reveal, let it be in your own tongue. Do not indulge too much in the gift of tongues, or the devil will take advantage of the innocent. You may speak in tongues for your comfort but I lay this down for a rule that if any thing is [p. [40]]
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