Discourse, circa 24 June 1844, as Reported by Unknown Scribe

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Remarks of the Prophet Joseph Smith, 23d June, 1844— written by the same as those on the 22d
We heard a call upon the to muster in Main Street, near the . I again saw our General in his uniform upon a small house-frame. He again spoke to the , laying his hand upon the head of who was sitting at his feet, Saying,
“This day the Lord showed to me that which was never shown to me before— that I have thousands of friends while others have sought to crawl into my bosom because of my good feelings towards them and now are they vipers and seek my life, and if they shall take it they will pursue you, They will do it anyhow. When you are obliged to fight, be sure you do not stain your hands with the blood of women and children: and when your enemies call for quarters, be sure you grant them the same, and then you will gain power over the world.”
He then raised his hand from ’s head and also raised his voice, Saying,
“You will forever be called the , and, as I have had the honor of being your General and Leader, I feel to say a few words to your comfort, and I wish to ascertain your interest of faith in your future mission of life that you are engaged in, even the same Cause with the Priesthood sealed upon you, and your calling is to minister life and salvation to all the nations on the earth. Altho' things appear at the present crisis, by the work of our enemies that they do hold an overruling power over us, but I will liken these things to a wheel— it is sure to be rolling on, and as sure will the saints sometimes be on top of this great wheel if they hang on for the fortune in view.
If it was not for the tender bonds of love that bind me to you, my friends and brethren, death would be sweet to one as honey. Our enemies are after me to [p. [1]]
Remarks of the Prophet Joseph Smith, 23d June, 1844— written by the same as those on the 22d
We heard a call upon the to muster in Main Street, near the . I again saw our General in his uniform upon a small house-frame. He again spoke to the , laying his hand upon the head of who was sitting at his feet, Saying,
“This day the Lord showed to me that which was never shown to me before— that I have thousands of friends while others have sought to crawl into my bosom because of my good feelings towards them and now are they vipers and seek my life, and if they shall take it they will pursue you, They will do it anyhow. When you are obliged to fight, be sure you do not stain your hands with the blood of women and children: and when your enemies call for quarters, be sure you grant them the same, and then you will gain power over the world.”
He then raised his hand from ’s head and also raised his voice, Saying,
“You will forever be called the , and, as I have had the honor of being your General and Leader, I feel to say a few words to your comfort, and I wish to ascertain your interest of faith in your future mission of life that you are engaged in, even the same Cause with the Priesthood sealed upon you, and your calling is to minister life and salvation to all the nations on the earth. Altho' things appear at the present crisis, by the work of our enemies that they do hold an overruling power over us, but I will liken these things to a wheel— it is sure to be rolling on, and as sure will the saints sometimes be on top of this great wheel if they hang on for the fortune in view.
If it was not for the tender bonds of love that bind me to you, my friends and brethren, death would be sweet to one as honey. Our enemies are after me to [p. [1]]
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