Nauvoo Relief Society Minute Book

  • Source Note
  • Historical Introduction
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repented of their sins. It is the object of this to reform  persons, not to take those that are corrupt, but if they repent we  are bound to take them and by kindness sanctify and cleanse  from all unrighteousness, by our influence in watching over them — nothing will have such influence over people, as the fear  of being disfellowship’d by so goodly a Society as this. Then  take Sis. O. as Jesus received sinners into his bosom.
Sis. O. In the name of the Lord I now make you free, and  from this hour if any thing should be found against you
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Nothing is so much calculated to lead people to  forsake sin as to take them by the hand and watch over them  with tenderness. When persons manifest the least kindn ess and love to me, O what pow’r it has over my mind,  while the opposite course has a tendency to harrow up all  the harsh feelings and depress the human mind.
It is one evidence that men are unacquainted with  the principle of godliness, to behold the contraction of feeling  and lack of charity. The pow’r and glory of Godliness is spread  out on a broad principle to throw out the mantle of charity.  God does not look on sin with allowance, but when men  have sin’d there must be allowance made for them.
All the religious world is boasting of righteousness — tis the doctrine of the devil to retard the human mind  and retard our progress, by filling us with selfrighteousness — The nearer we get to our heavenly Father, the more  are we dispos’d to look with compassion on perishing  souls— to take them upon our shoulders and cast their  sins behind our back. [blank] I am going to talk to  all this Society— if you would have God have mercy  on you, have mercy on one another.
Prest. S. then refer’d them to the conduct of the  Savior when he was taken and crucified &c.
He then made a promise in the name of the [p. [62]]
repented of their sins. It is the object of this to reform persons, not to take those that are corrupt, but if they repent we are bound to take them and by kindness sanctify and cleanse from all unrighteousness, by our influence in watching over them— nothing will have such influence over people, as the fear of being disfellowship’d by so goodly a Society as this. Then take Sis. O. as Jesus received sinners into his bosom.
Sis. O. In the name of the Lord I now make you free, and from this hour if any thing should be found against you
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Nothing is so much calculated to lead people to forsake sin as to take them by the hand and watch over them with tenderness. When persons manifest the least kindness and love to me, O what pow’r it has over my mind, while the opposite course has a tendency to harrow up all the harsh feelings and depress the human mind.
It is one evidence that men are unacquainted with the principle of godliness, to behold the contraction of feeling and lack of charity. The pow’r and glory of Godliness is spread out on a broad principle to throw out the mantle of charity. God does not look on sin with allowance, but when men have sin’d there must be allowance made for them.
All the religious world is boasting of righteousness— tis the doctrine of the devil to retard the human mind and retard our progress, by filling us with selfrighteousness— The nearer we get to our heavenly Father, the more are we dispos’d to look with compassion on perishing souls— to take them upon our shoulders and cast their sins behind our back. [blank] I am going to talk to all this Society— if you would have God have mercy on you, have mercy on one another.
Prest. S. then refer’d them to the conduct of the Savior when he was taken and crucified &c.
He then made a promise in the name of the [p. [62]]
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