9 June 1842 • Thursday
Minutes of the Proceedings
Eleventh Meeting of the .
, 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
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.
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. ]