Nauvoo Relief Society Minute Book

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9 June 1842 • Thursday

Minutes of the Proceedings
of the
Eleventh Meeting of the .
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, June 9th.
Prest J. Smith opened the meeting by pray’r  and proceeded to address the congregation on the design  of the Institution— said it is no matter how fast the  Society increases if all are virtuous— that we must be  as particular with regard to the character of members, as  when the Society first started— that sometimes persons wish  to put themselves into a Society of this kind, when they  do not intend to pursue the ways of purity and righ teousness, as if the Society would be a shelter to them  in their iniquity.
Prest. S. said that henceforth no person  shall be admitted but by presenting regular petition  signed by two or three members in good standing in the  Society— whoever comes in must be of good report.
Harriet Luce and Mary Luce  were receiv’d into the Society by recommend.
Objections previously made against Mahala  Overton were remov’d— after which Prest Smith  continued his address— said he was going to preach mercy  Supposing that Jesus Christ and angels should object  to us on frivolous things, what would become of us? We  must be merciful and overlook small things.
Respecting the reception of Sis. Overton, Prest. Smith  It grieves me that there is no fuller fellowship— if one  member suffer all feel it— by union of feeling we obtain  pow’r with God. Christ said he came to call sinners  to repentance and save them. Christ was condemn’d  by the righteous jews because he took sinners into his  society— he took them <up> on the principle that they [p. [61]]

9 June 1842 • Thursday

Minutes of the Proceedings
of the
Eleventh Meeting of the .
[1 line blank]
, June 9th.
Prest J. Smith opened the meeting by pray’r and proceeded to address the congregation on the design of the Institution— said it is no matter how fast the Society increases if all are virtuous— that we must be as particular with regard to the character of members, as when the Society first started— that sometimes persons wish to put themselves into a Society of this kind, when they do not intend to pursue the ways of purity and righteousness, as if the Society would be a shelter to them in their iniquity.
Prest. S. said that henceforth no person shall be admitted but by presenting regular petition signed by two or three members in good standing in the Society— whoever comes in must be of good report.
Harriet Luce and Mary Luce were receiv’d into the Society by recommend.
Objections previously made against Mahala Overton were remov’d— after which Prest Smith continued his address— said he was going to preach mercy Supposing that Jesus Christ and angels should object to us on frivolous things, what would become of us? We must be merciful and overlook small things.
Respecting the reception of Sis. Overton, Prest. Smith It grieves me that there is no fuller fellowship— if one member suffer all feel it— by union of feeling we obtain pow’r with God. Christ said he came to call sinners to repentance and save them. Christ was condemn’d by the righteous jews because he took sinners into his society— he took them up on the principle that they [p. [61]]
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