Nauvoo Relief Society Minute Book

  • Source Note
  • Historical Introduction
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if we will strive in all the energy of our souls to do right.
I rejoice that God has given us means whereby we  may get intelligence and instruction. It is our privilege  to stand in an attitude to get testimony for ourselves—  it is as much our privilege as that of the ancients saints.  We must prove all things and hold fast that which  is good. There are blessings lying before which are worth  striving to obtain. It is our duty to humble ourselves— it  is our most reasonable service to do it— must proceed  to receive grace for grace, light and intelligence— if  we have intelligence we have pow’r— knowledge is  power: if we understand all things we shall not be  barren or unfruitful in the knowledge of God. I  desire all evil things may be done away; but far as  possible throw the vail of charity over failings— when  we see one out of the way, we ought in humility to go to,  and counsel, and strive to bring back those who have  stray’d from the holy principles— we must do as we  would wish to be done by, this is the way to win souls  and bring them back. There are many things to be  taken into consideration. Far be it from me to harbor  iniquity and outbreaking sins. We may have different  views of things, still there is some criterion which all  may come to, and by bringing our minds and wills into  subjection to the law of the Lord, may come to unity.
It is impossible while finding fault with one another  to be united. Would to God I had pow’r to bridle my  tongue—We are <am> too apt when I hear anything, to make  remarks, but of late have decreed to set a double watch  on my tongue and not offend one of the little ones. I wish  nobody harm— wish it were in my pow’r to save all  within the reach of mercy— would glory in it. Perhaps  some would say from my past life that I had not been  so faithful as I might have heen, or my voice would [p. [59]]
if we will strive in all the energy of our souls to do right.
I rejoice that God has given us means whereby we may get intelligence and instruction. It is our privilege to stand in an attitude to get testimony for ourselves— it is as much our privilege as that of the ancient saints. We must prove all things and hold fast that which is good. There are blessings lying before which are worth striving to obtain. It is our duty to humble ourselves— it is our most reasonable service to do it— must proceed to receive grace for grace, light and intelligence— if we have intelligence we have pow’r— knowledge is power: if we understand all things we shall not be barren or unfruitful in the knowledge of God. I desire all evil things may be done away; but far as possible throw the vail of charity over failings— when we see one out of the way, we ought in humility to go to, and counsel, and strive to bring back those who have stray’d from the holy principles— we must do as we would wish to be done by, this is the way to win souls and bring them back. There are many things to be taken into consideration. Far be it from me to harbor iniquity and outbreaking sins. We may have different views of things, still there is some criterion which all may come to, and by bringing our minds and wills into subjection to the law of the Lord, may come to unity.
It is impossible while finding fault with one another to be united. Would to God I had pow’r to bridle my tongue— am too apt when I hear anything, to make remarks, but of late have decreed to set a double watch on my tongue and not offend one of the little ones. I wish nobody harm— wish it were in my pow’r to save all within the reach of mercy— would glory in it. Perhaps some would say from my past life that I had not been so faithful as I might have heen, or my voice would [p. [59]]
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