3. And again, verily I say unto you, there was joy in heaven when my
bowed to my scepter and seperated
himself from the crafts of men; therefore, blessed is my servant , for I will have mercy on him, and
notwithstanding the vanity of his heart I will lift him up inasmuch as he
will humble himself before me; and I will give him grace and
assurance wherewith he may stand; and if he continues to be a faithful
witness and a light unto the church, I have prepared a crown for him in
the mansions of my Father; even so: amen.
The same day, Hon. J. T.
V. Thompson, state Senator wrote , at .
<J. T. V. Thompson’s
Letter to .> “Jefferson
City.” Dear Sir, I will say to you that your case with the people has been
mentioned to the highest officer of the State, the .
He speaks of it in his message, and so much of his message will be referred
to a com mittee. I am not able to say what will be their report, but I
will write you again.. I have the honor &c. J. T. V.
is that portion if the
’s Message referred to in the foregoing
<Extract from the Governor’s Message> “In July, 1833, a large portion of the citizens of
themselves, and entered in resolutions to expel from that county, a religious
sect called Mormons, who had become obnoxious to them. In November following they effected their object,
not however without the loss of several lives. In the judicial enquiry into
these outrages, the civil authorities who had cognizance of them, deemed it
proper to have a military guard for the purpose of giving protection
during the progress of the trials. This was ordered, and the
Attorney General was requested to give his attention
during the investigation, both of which were performed, but all to no
purpose. As yet none have been punished for these outrages, and it is
believed that under our present laws, conviction for any violence committed
against a Mormon , cannot be had in .
These unfortunate people are now forbidden to take possession of their
homes; and the principal part of them, I am
informed, are at this time living in an adjoining county, in a great
measure, upon the charity of its citizens. It is for you to determine
what amendments the laws may require so as to guard against such acts of
violence for the future.”
28 November 1834 •
<28. Minutes of a council> “
Minutes of a council. “A council convened this evening, to transact business
according to the reg ulations of the church. Joseph Smith
and , presiding. eight counsellors present. and were appointed to speak.
the Church in , acted
upon> A letter from
the church in , Essex County, New
York, was presented by brethren and
and read by the , said letter contained an account of money
and other property, sent by the church in ,