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

  • Source Note
  • Historical Introduction
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to be his duty. But when I laid before him the principles of the gospel <​January 21.​> viz, faith, and repentance, Baptism for the remission of sins, and the laying on of hands for the reception of the holy Ghost, he manifested much surprise. I observed that the hour for school had arrived and I must attend. The man seemed astonished at our doctrine but by no means hostile.
About 3 o’clock P.M. I dismissed the school and the presidency <​The Anointing​> retired to the loft <​attic storey​> of the , where we attended to the ordinance of washing our bodies in pure water. We also perfumed our bodies and our heads, in the name of the Lord. At early candlelight I met with the presidency, at the west school room in the to attend to the ordinance of anointing our heads with holy oil: Also the councils of and Zion met in the two adjoining rooms, who waited in prayer while we attended to the ordinance. I took the oil in my left hand, being seated before me, and the remainder of the presidency encircled him round about. We then stretched our right hands towards heaven and blessed the oil and consecrated it in the name of Jesus Christ. We then laid our hands on our aged , and invoked the blessings of heaven. I then anointed his head with the consecrated oil, and sealed many blessings upon him; The presidency then in turn laid his hands upon his head, beginning at the eldest until they had all laid their hands upon him, and pronounced such belessings upon his head, [HC 2:379] as the Lord put into their hearts, all blessing him to be our Patriarch to anoint our heads and attend to all duties that pertain to that office. The presidency then took the seat in their turn, according to their age, beginning at the eldest, and received their anointing and blessing under the hand, of ; and in my turn my father anointed my head, and sealed upon me the blessings of Moses, to lead Israel in the latter Days, even as Moses led him in days of old; also the blessings of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. All of the Presidency laid th[e]ir hands upon me, and pronounced upon my head many prophecies, and blessings, many of which I shall not notice at this time. But as Paul <​Visions and Revelations​> said, so say I, let us come to visions and revelations. The heavens were opened upon us, and I beheld the celestial kingdom of God, and the glory thereof, whether in the body or out I cannot tell. I saw the transcendent beauty of the gate, through which the heirs of that kingdom will enter, which was like unto circling flames of fire. Also the blazing throne of God, wherein was seated the Father and the Son. I saw the beautiful streets of that kingdom, which had the appearance of being paved with Gold. I saw Father Adam, and Abraham, and Michael, and and , my brother that has long since slept and marveled how it was, that he had [p. 695]
to be his duty. But when I laid before him the principles of the gospel January 21. viz, faith, and repentance, Baptism for the remission of sins, and the laying on of hands for the reception of the holy Ghost, he manifested much surprise. I observed that the hour for school had arrived and I must attend. The man seemed astonished at our doctrine but by no means hostile.
About 3 o’clock P.M. I dismissed the school and the presidency The Anointing retired to the attic storey of the , where we attended to the ordinance of washing our bodies in pure water. We also perfumed our bodies and our heads, in the name of the Lord. At early candlelight I met with the presidency, at the west school room in the to attend to the ordinance of anointing our heads with holy oil: Also the councils of and Zion met in the two adjoining rooms, who waited in prayer while we attended to the ordinance. I took the oil in my left hand, being seated before me, and the remainder of the presidency encircled him round about. We then stretched our right hands towards heaven and blessed the oil and consecrated it in the name of Jesus Christ. We then laid our hands on our aged , and invoked the blessings of heaven. I then anointed his head with the consecrated oil, and sealed many blessings upon him; The presidency then in turn laid his hands upon his head, beginning at the eldest until they had all laid their hands upon him, and pronounced such belessings upon his head, [HC 2:379] as the Lord put into their hearts, all blessing him to be our Patriarch to anoint our heads and attend to all duties that pertain to that office. The presidency then took the seat in their turn, according to their age, beginning at the eldest, and received their anointing and blessing under the hand, of ; and in my turn my father anointed my head, and sealed upon me the blessings of Moses, to lead Israel in the latter Days, even as Moses led him in days of old; also the blessings of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. All of the Presidency laid their hands upon me, and pronounced upon my head many prophecies, and blessings, many of which I shall not notice at this time. But as Paul Visions and Revelations said, so say I, let us come to visions and revelations. The heavens were opened upon us, and I beheld the celestial kingdom of God, and the glory thereof, whether in the body or out I cannot tell. I saw the transcendent beauty of the gate, through which the heirs of that kingdom will enter, which was like unto circling flames of fire. Also the blazing throne of God, wherein was seated the Father and the Son. I saw the beautiful streets of that kingdom, which had the appearance of being paved with Gold. I saw Father Adam, and Abraham, and Michael, and and , my brother that has long since slept and marveled how it was, that he had [p. 695]
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