Discourse, 22 June 1844, as Reported by Unknown Scribe

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Copy of remarks made by the Prophet Joseph Smith in a Speech to the on the 22d June, 1844, as copied from notes taken by one present on the occasion.
Our General called us out in order, and to my astonishment, counseled us to give up our arms, that had been supplied for our defence by the authority of the State of — Saying, “We will give them that ask of us, and trust in God for our future welfare.”
“I wish to render you my thanks as soldiers and citizens under my command. I proclaim, as your General, you have done faithfully your duty in guarding this — in preserving all the lives of the people as well as mine in a special manner, for I have seen you on duty without shoes and comfortable clothing; and if I had the means to buy so I could obtain these necessary things for you, I would gladly do it; but I cannot mortgage any of my property to get one dollar: but I will say this,— you will be called the first Elders of the church, and your mission will be to the nations of the earth— you will gather many people unto the fastness of the , as a center <​for​> of the gathering of the people; and you will be faithful because of what you have been through: And many of those that come in under your ministry, because of their much learning, will seek for high positions, and they will be set up and raise themselves in eminence above you, but you will walk in low places unnoticed— and you will know of all that transpires in their midst, and those that are your friends will be my friends this I will promise to you that when I come again to lead you forth for I will to prepare a place for you, so that where I am you shall be with me.”
With those comforting sayings he thanked us for past duties done. “You are now dismissed to take care of your wives and children and homes.” [p. [3]]
Copy of remarks made by the Prophet Joseph Smith in a Speech to the on the 22d June, 1844, as copied from notes taken by one present on the occasion.
Our General called us out in order, and to my astonishment, counseled us to give up our arms, that had been supplied for our defence by the authority of the State of — Saying, “We will give them that ask of us, and trust in God for our future welfare.”
“I wish to render you my thanks as soldiers and citizens under my command. I proclaim, as your General, you have done faithfully your duty in guarding this — in preserving all the lives of the people as well as mine in a special manner, for I have seen you on duty without shoes and comfortable clothing; and if I had the means to buy so I could obtain these necessary things for you, I would gladly do it; but I cannot mortgage any of my property to get one dollar: but I will say this,— you will be called the first Elders of the church, and your mission will be to the nations of the earth— you will gather many people unto the fastness of the , as a center for the gathering of the people; and you will be faithful because of what you have been through: And many of those that come in under your ministry, because of their much learning, will seek for high positions, and they will be set up and raise themselves in eminence above you, but you will walk in low places unnoticed— and you will know of all that transpires in their midst, and those that are your friends will be my friends this I will promise to you that when I come again to lead you forth for I will to prepare a place for you, so that where I am you shall be with me.”
With those comforting sayings he thanked us for past duties done. “You are now dismissed to take care of your wives and children and homes.” [p. [3]]
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