Nothing but a man.>
returned and spent the evening at home. I was this morning intro duced to a
man from the East. After hearing my name he remark ed that I was nothing
but a man, indicating by this expres sion that he had supposed that a
person to whom the Lord should see fit to reveal his will must be
something more than a man. He seems to have forgotten the saying that fell
from the lips of St James, that Elias was a man of like passions like
unto us, yet he had such power with God that he, in an swer to his
prayers, shut the heavens that they gave no rain
for the space of three years and six months; and again, in answer to
his prayer, the heavens gave forth rain and the earth brought forth fruit;
and indeed, such is the dark ness and ignorance of this generation, that
they look upon it as incredible that a man should have any intercourse
with his Maker.
7 November 1835 •
Revelation for & .> Saturday 7th.
Spent the day at home attending to my domestic concerns; The word of the Lord came to me saying, behold I am well
pleased with my servant , and my Servant because of the integrity of their hearts, in laboring in my
vineyard for the Salvation of the souls of men. Verily I say unto you their sins
are forgiven them, therefore say unto them in my name, that it is my will that
they should tarry for a little season and attend the school, and also the
solemn assembly, for a wise purpose in me even so. Amen
8 November 1835 •
<Sunday, 8.> Sunday 8th went to meeting in the morning at the usual hour. Preached a very interesting discourse, in the <’s confession,> afternoon Preached; after preaching,
came forward to make some remarks, by way of confession, he had previously
been excommunicated from the church for lying, and for an attempt to seduce a
female; his <not Satisfactory.
spoke.> confession was not
Satisfactory to my mind, and arose and made some remarks respecting the
doings of the high Council in the case of said , that is that he should make a
public confession of his crime and have it published in the Messenger and
Advo cate; he proposed that should now make his confession before the
congregation, and then imme diately observed that he had forgiven , which
was in contradiction to the sentiment he first advan ced. This I attributed
to an error in judgment, not <, spoke> in design.
then arose, and very abruptly militated against the sentiment of ,
which had a direct tendency to destroy his influence, and bring him into
disrepute in the eyes of the church which was not right; He also
misrepresented s’ case, and spread dark ness rather than light upon the subject.
A vote of the church was then called on his case and he was, [p. 636]