Times and Seasons, 15 March 1842

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him.” Never did any passage of scripture come with more power to the heart of man than this did at this time to mine. It seemed to enter with great force into every feeling of my heart. I reflected on it again and again, knowing that if any person needed wisdom from God I did, for how to act I did not know, and unless I could get more wisdom than I then had would never know; for the teachers of religion of the different sects understood the same passage so differently as to destroy all confidence in settling the question by an appeal to the bible. At length I came to the conclusion that I must either remain in darkness and confusion, or else I must do as James directs, that is, ask of God. I at length came to the determination to ‘ask of God,’ concluding that if he gave wisdom to them that lacked wisdom and would give liberally, and not upbraid, I might venture. So in accordance with this my determination, to ask of God, I retired to the woods to make the attempt. It was on the morning of a beautiful clear day, early in the spring of eighteen hundred and twenty. It was the first time in my life that I had made such an attempt, for amidst all my anxieties I had never as yet made the attempt to pray vocally.
(To be Continued.)
 
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LETTER FROM THE CHURCH OF .
To the First Presidency of the Church of Jesus Christ, of Latter-Day Saints—to the travelling High Council, and to all persons to whom this letter may come—
Dearly Beloved,—Having had opportunity of becoming acquainted with our beloved brother, of the quorum of the Travelling High Council, commonly called the quorum of the Twelve, and having witnessed the manner of his behavior while with us, and taken notice of the doctrine he has taught, together with many other particulars not easy to mention, we feel desirous of commending him to your fellowship, your esteem, your friendship and your love.
Because we have found him to be at all times a faithful laborer in the word and doctrine of our Lord Jesus Christ.
By his instructions our minds have been enlightened, and our understanding of Heavenly things greatly increased.
When he has presided in our meetings, peace and order have characterized our deliberations. When he has unfolded to our minds the Scriptures of truth, our thirst for pure intelligence has been gratified. When he has held up to view the glories of the rising kingdom of our Saviour, our hearts have kindled with animation, our hope has been cherished, and our souls have overflowed with the Spirit of Peace. We know he has been efficient in establishing truth—We know he has been successful in putting down error—we highly esteem and love him for his faithfulness, diligence, prudence, meekness, zeal and fortitude; and we desire that others should love him too.
Good will and favor shewn to him will secure our love and friendship; and we freely, and fully, and warmly commend him to all whom this letter may come.
On behalf of the members of the conference held in the city of the 29th day of Nov. 1841.
, Clerk.
 
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TIMES AND SEASONS.
CITY OF ,
TUESDAY, MARCH 15, 1842.
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STATE BANK OF ILLINOIS.
It is a source of regret to us that the notes of this valuable institution should be suffered to go out of circulation. It has been almost exclusively our circulating medium—we took the notes until no one would receive them from us; and we wish to take them still. The bank I believe to be perfectly solvent, and it only requires a restoration of public confidence to give it free circulation again in this state. The holders of the notes should not suffer themselves to be shaved by brokers, stock-jobbers, and money changers. For the present, however, we must make gold, and silver, our circulating medium—in this there is no danger, for there is intrinsic value in the pure metals. We should like to see carry out his plan of making an intermediate coin of platina—and now is the time it is required, if ever: or let Congress put a higher value on the precious metals now in use, one or the other or both. Let the old , that fearless champion of liberty and the right of petition, act in the premises—it would relieve the people, and save a vast amount of human suffering: we call upon our statesmen for relief. Gentlemen, will you increase the value of gold, and silver, and give us an intermediate coin of platina? If so, the [p. 728]
him.” Never did any passage of scripture come with more power to the heart of man than this did at this time to mine. It seemed to enter with great force into every feeling of my heart. I reflected on it again and again, knowing that if any person needed wisdom from God I did, for how to act I did not know, and unless I could get more wisdom than I then had would never know; for the teachers of religion of the different sects understood the same passage so differently as to destroy all confidence in settling the question by an appeal to the bible. At length I came to the conclusion that I must either remain in darkness and confusion, or else I must do as James directs, that is, ask of God. I at length came to the determination to ‘ask of God,’ concluding that if he gave wisdom to them that lacked wisdom and would give liberally, and not upbraid, I might venture. So in accordance with this my determination, to ask of God, I retired to the woods to make the attempt. It was on the morning of a beautiful clear day, early in the spring of eighteen hundred and twenty. It was the first time in my life that I had made such an attempt, for amidst all my anxieties I had never as yet made the attempt to pray vocally.
(To be Continued.)
 
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LETTER FROM THE CHURCH OF .
To the First Presidency of the Church of Jesus Christ, of Latter-Day Saints—to the travelling High Council, and to all persons to whom this letter may come—
Dearly Beloved,—Having had opportunity of becoming acquainted with our beloved brother, of the quorum of the Travelling High Council, commonly called the quorum of the Twelve, and having witnessed the manner of his behavior while with us, and taken notice of the doctrine he has taught, together with many other particulars not easy to mention, we feel desirous of commending him to your fellowship, your esteem, your friendship and your love.
Because we have found him to be at all times a faithful laborer in the word and doctrine of our Lord Jesus Christ.
By his instructions our minds have been enlightened, and our understanding of Heavenly things greatly increased.
When he has presided in our meetings, peace and order have characterized our deliberations. When he has unfolded to our minds the Scriptures of truth, our thirst for pure intelligence has been gratified. When he has held up to view the glories of the rising kingdom of our Saviour, our hearts have kindled with animation, our hope has been cherished, and our souls have overflowed with the Spirit of Peace. We know he has been efficient in establishing truth—We know he has been successful in putting down error—we highly esteem and love him for his faithfulness, diligence, prudence, meekness, zeal and fortitude; and we desire that others should love him too.
Good will and favor shewn to him will secure our love and friendship; and we freely, and fully, and warmly commend him to all whom this letter may come.
On behalf of the members of the conference held in the city of the 29th day of Nov. 1841.
, Clerk.
 
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TIMES AND SEASONS.
CITY OF ,
TUESDAY, MARCH 15, 1842.
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STATE BANK OF ILLINOIS.
It is a source of regret to us that the notes of this valuable institution should be suffered to go out of circulation. It has been almost exclusively our circulating medium—we took the notes until no one would receive them from us; and we wish to take them still. The bank I believe to be perfectly solvent, and it only requires a restoration of public confidence to give it free circulation again in this state. The holders of the notes should not suffer themselves to be shaved by brokers, stock-jobbers, and money changers. For the present, however, we must make gold, and silver, our circulating medium—in this there is no danger, for there is intrinsic value in the pure metals. We should like to see carry out his plan of making an intermediate coin of platina—and now is the time it is required, if ever: or let Congress put a higher value on the precious metals now in use, one or the other or both. Let the old , that fearless champion of liberty and the right of petition, act in the premises—it would relieve the people, and save a vast amount of human suffering: we call upon our statesmen for relief. Gentlemen, will you increase the value of gold, and silver, and give us an intermediate coin of platina? If so, the [p. 728]
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