History, 1838–1856, volume B-1 [1 September 1834–2 November 1838]

  • Source Note
  • Historical Introduction
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and that it was our duty to smile at solid arguments, and sound <​December 18. Joseph’s Letter to , Continued.​> reasonings; and be impressed with solemnity, which should be manifest in our countenance, when folly and that which militates against truth and righteousness, rears its head.
Therefore in the spirit of my calling, and in view of the authority of the Priesthood that has been conferred upon me, it would be my duty to reprove whatever I esteemed to be wrong, fondly hoping in my heart that all parties would consider it right, and therefore humble themselves, that Satan might not take the advantage of us, and hinder the progress of our school. Now I want you should bear with me notwith[HC 2:340]standing my plainness; I would say to you that my feelings were grieved at the interruption you made upon . I thought you should have considered your relation with him, in your Apostleship, and not manifest any division of sentiment, between you, and him, for a surrounding multitude to take the advantage of you; therefore by way of entreaty, on the account of the anxiety I had for your influence and welfare, I said, unto you, do not have any feelings, or something to that amount. Why I am thus particular is, that if you have misconstrued my feelings towards you, you may be corrected, But to proceed;— after the school was closed. requested the privilege of speaking. You objected, however, you said if he would not abuse the school, he might speak, and that you would not allow any man to abuse the school in your house. Now you had no reason to suspect that would abuse the school, therefore my feelings were mortified, at those unnecessary observations. I undertook to reason with you, but you manifested an inconsiderate and stubborn spirit. I then dispaired of benefitting you, on the account of the Spirit you manifested, which drew from me the expression that you was as ugly as the Devil.
then commanded silence and I formed a determination to obey his mandate, and was about to leave the house, with the impression that you was under the influence of an <​wicked​> evil spirit. You replied that you would say what you pleased in your own house. replied say what you please but let the rest hold their tongues. Then a reflection rushed through my mind of the anxiety and care I have had for you and your family, In doing what I did, in finishing your house and providing flour for your family &c. and also, had possession in the house as well as yourself, and when at any time have I transgressed the commandments of my ? or sold my birthright, that I should not have the privilege of speaking in my ’s house, or in other words, in my fathers family, or in your house, (for so we will call it, and so it shall be,) that I should not have the privilege of reproving a younger brother, therefore I said I will speak for I built the house, and it is as much mine [p. 669]
and that it was our duty to smile at solid arguments, and sound December 18. Joseph’s Letter to , Continued. reasonings; and be impressed with solemnity, which should be manifest in our countenance, when folly and that which militates against truth and righteousness, rears its head.
Therefore in the spirit of my calling, and in view of the authority of the Priesthood that has been conferred upon me, it would be my duty to reprove whatever I esteemed to be wrong, fondly hoping in my heart that all parties would consider it right, and therefore humble themselves, that Satan might not take the advantage of us, and hinder the progress of our school. Now I want you should bear with me notwith[HC 2:340]standing my plainness; I would say to you that my feelings were grieved at the interruption you made upon . I thought you should have considered your relation with him, in your Apostleship, and not manifest any division of sentiment, between you, and him, for a surrounding multitude to take the advantage of you; therefore by way of entreaty, on the account of the anxiety I had for your influence and welfare, I said, unto you, do not have any feelings, or something to that amount. Why I am thus particular is, that if you have misconstrued my feelings towards you, you may be corrected, But to proceed;— after the school was closed. requested the privilege of speaking. You objected, however, you said if he would not abuse the school, he might speak, and that you would not allow any man to abuse the school in your house. Now you had no reason to suspect that would abuse the school, therefore my feelings were mortified, at those unnecessary observations. I undertook to reason with you, but you manifested an inconsiderate and stubborn spirit. I then dispaired of benefitting you, on the account of the Spirit you manifested, which drew from me the expression that you was as ugly as the Devil.
then commanded silence and I formed a determination to obey his mandate, and was about to leave the house, with the impression that you was under the influence of a wicked spirit. You replied that you would say what you pleased in your own house. replied say what you please but let the rest hold their tongues. Then a reflection rushed through my mind of the anxiety and care I have had for you and your family, In doing what I did, in finishing your house and providing flour for your family &c. and also, had possession in the house as well as yourself, and when at any time have I transgressed the commandments of my ? or sold my birthright, that I should not have the privilege of speaking in my ’s house, or in other words, in my fathers family, or in your house, (for so we will call it, and so it shall be,) that I should not have the privilege of reproving a younger brother, therefore I said I will speak for I built the house, and it is as much mine [p. 669]
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