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

  • Source Note
  • Historical Introduction
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decision of every question or item, let it be what it may, let <​February 27 Council of the Twelve.​> such decision be noted down written, and such decision will forever remain upon record, and appear an item of covenant or doctrine. An item thus decided may appear at the time of little or no worth, but should it be published and one of you lay hands on it after, you will find it of infinite worth, not only to your brethren, but it will be a feast to your own Souls.
Here is another important item. If you assemble from time to time, and proceed to discuss important questions and pass decisions upon the same, and fail to note them down, by and by you will be dereven to straits from which you will not be able to extricate yourselves because you may be in a situation not to bring your faith to bear with sufficient perfection or power to obtain the desired information; or perhaps, for neglecting to write these things, when God revealed them, not esteeming them of sufficient worth, the Spirit may withdraw, and God may be angry; and here is or was a vast knowledge of infinite importance, which is now lost. What was the cause of this? It came in consequence of slothfulness, or a neglect to appoint a man to occupy a few moments in writing all these <​prophecy​> decisions. Here let me prophecy. The time will come, when, if you neglect to do this thing you will fall by the hands of unrighteous men. Were you to be brought before the authorities, and be accused of any crime or misdemeanor, and be as innocent as the angels of God, unless you can prove yourselves to have been somewhere else, your enemies will prevail over you: but if you can bring twelve men to testify that you were in a certain place, at that time, you will escape their hands. Now if you will be careful to keep minutes of these things, as I have said, it will be one of the most important records ever seen, for every such decision will ever after remain as items of doctrine, and covenants.
The council then expressed their approbation concerning the fore[HC 2:199]going remarks of President Smith, and appointed <​ & , appointed Clerks.​> and Clerks for the meeting; President Smith proposed the following Question. What importance is there attached to the calling of these twelve Apostles, different from the other callings, or officers of the church? After the question was discussed by counsellors , , and , President Joseph Smith Jr gave the following decision. They are the twelve <​Importance of the calling of the Twelve.​> Apostles who are called to the office of travelling High Council, who are to preside over all the churches of the Saints among the Gentiles, where there is a presidency established, and they [p. 576]
decision of every question or item, let it be what it may, let February 27 Council of the Twelve. such decision be written, and such decision will forever remain upon record, and appear an item of covenant or doctrine. An item thus decided may appear at the time of little or no worth, but should it be published and one of you lay hands on it after, you will find it of infinite worth, not only to your brethren, but it will be a feast to your own Souls.
Here is another important item. If you assemble from time to time, and proceed to discuss important questions and pass decisions upon the same, and fail to note them down, by and by you will be dereven to straits from which you will not be able to extricate yourselves because you may be in a situation not to bring your faith to bear with sufficient perfection or power to obtain the desired information; or perhaps, for neglecting to write these things, when God revealed them, not esteeming them of sufficient worth, the Spirit may withdraw, and God may be angry; and here is or was a vast knowledge of infinite importance, which is now lost. What was the cause of this? It came in consequence of slothfulness, or a neglect to appoint a man to occupy a few moments in writing all these prophecy decisions. Here let me prophecy. The time will come, when, if you neglect to do this thing you will fall by the hands of unrighteous men. Were you to be brought before the authorities, and be accused of any crime or misdemeanor, and be as innocent as the angels of God, unless you can prove yourselves to have been somewhere else, your enemies will prevail over you: but if you can bring twelve men to testify that you were in a certain place, at that time, you will escape their hands. Now if you will be careful to keep minutes of these things, as I have said, it will be one of the most important records ever seen, for every such decision will ever after remain as items of doctrine, and covenants.
The council then expressed their approbation concerning the fore[HC 2:199]going remarks of President Smith, and appointed & , appointed Clerks. and Clerks for the meeting; President Smith proposed the following Question. What importance is there attached to the calling of these twelve Apostles, different from the other callings, or officers of the church? After the question was discussed by counsellors , , and , President Joseph Smith Jr gave the following decision. They are the twelve Importance of the calling of the Twelve. Apostles who are called to the office of travelling High Council, who are to preside over all the churches of the Saints among the Gentiles, where there is a presidency established, and they [p. 576]
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