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

  • Source Note
  • Historical Introduction
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they may be built up an holy city unto the Lord, instead of commencing <​October 2. Letter continued​> with children or those who look up to parents or guardians, to influence their minds, thereby drawing them from their duties, which they rightfully owe to such, they should commence their labors with parents, or guardians, and their teachings should be such as are calculated to turn the hearts of the fathers to the children, and the hearts of the children to the fathers, and no influence should be used, with children, contrary to the consent of their parents or guardians. But all such as can be persuaded in a lawful and righteous manner, and with common consent, we should feel it our duty to influence them to gather with the people of God. But otherwise let the responsibility rest upon the heads of parents or guardians, and all condemnation or consequences be upon their heads, according to the dispensation which he hath committed unto us: for God hath so ordained, that his work shall be cut short in righteousness, in the last days: therefore, first teach the parents, and then, with their consent, let him persuade the children to embrace the Gospel also. And if children embrace the gospel, and their parents or guardians are unbeleivers, teach them to stay at home and <​be​> obedient to their parents or guardians, if they require it; but [HC 2:262] if they consent to let them gather with the people of God let them do so and there shall be no wrong, and let all things be done carefully, and righteously, and God will extend his guardian care to all such.
And secondly it should be the duty of elders, when they enter into any house, to let their labors and warning voice, be unto the master of that house: and if he receive the gospel, then he may extend his influance to his wife also, with consent, that peradventure she may receive the gospel; but if a man receive not the gospel, but gives his consent that his wife may receive it, and she beleives, then let her receive it. But if a man forbid his wife, or his children before they are of age, to receive the gospel, then it should be the duty of the elder to go his way, and use no influence against him: and let the responsibility be upon his head: shake off the dust of thy feet as a testimony against him, and thy skirts Shall then be clear of their souls. Their sins are not to be answered upon such as God hath sent to warn them to flee from there <​the​> wrath to come, and save themselves from this untoward generation. The servants of God will not have gone over the nations of the Gentiles, with a warning voice, until until the destroying angel will commence to waste the inhabitants of the earth; and as the prophet hath said, “It shall be a vexation to hear the report.” I speak because I feel for my fellow-men; I do it in the name of the Lord, being moved upon by the Holy Ghost Spirit. O that I could snatch them from the vortex of misery, into which I behold them plunging themselves, by their sins; that I may be enabled, by the warning voice, to be an instrument of bringing them to unfeigned repentance, [p. 625]
they may be built up an holy city unto the Lord, instead of commencing October 2. Letter continued with children or those who look up to parents or guardians, to influence their minds, thereby drawing them from their duties, which they rightfully owe to such, they should commence their labors with parents, or guardians, and their teachings should be such as are calculated to turn the hearts of the fathers to the children, and the hearts of the children to the fathers, and no influence should be used, with children, contrary to the consent of their parents or guardians. But all such as can be persuaded in a lawful and righteous manner, and with common consent, we should feel it our duty to influence them to gather with the people of God. But otherwise let the responsibility rest upon the heads of parents or guardians, and all condemnation or consequences be upon their heads, according to the dispensation which he hath committed unto us: for God hath so ordained, that his work shall be cut short in righteousness, in the last days: therefore, first teach the parents, and then, with their consent, let him persuade the children to embrace the Gospel also. And if children embrace the gospel, and their parents or guardians are unbeleivers, teach them to stay at home and be obedient to their parents or guardians, if they require it; but [HC 2:262] if they consent to let them gather with the people of God let them do so and there shall be no wrong, and let all things be done carefully, and righteously, and God will extend his guardian care to all such.
And secondly it should be the duty of elders, when they enter into any house, to let their labors and warning voice, be unto the master of that house: and if he receive the gospel, then he may extend his influance to his wife also, with consent, that peradventure she may receive the gospel; but if a man receive not the gospel, but gives his consent that his wife may receive it, and she beleives, then let her receive it. But if a man forbid his wife, or his children before they are of age, to receive the gospel, then it should be the duty of the elder to go his way, and use no influence against him: and let the responsibility be upon his head: shake off the dust of thy feet as a testimony against him, and thy skirts Shall then be clear of their souls. Their sins are not to be answered upon such as God hath sent to warn them to flee the wrath to come, and save themselves from this untoward generation. The servants of God will not have gone over the nations of the Gentiles, with a warning voice, until the destroying angel will commence to waste the inhabitants of the earth; and as the prophet hath said, “It shall be a vexation to hear the report.” I speak because I feel for my fellow-men; I do it in the name of the Lord, being moved upon by the Holy Spirit. O that I could snatch them from the vortex of misery, into which I behold them plunging themselves, by their sins; that I may be enabled, by the warning voice, to be an instrument of bringing them to unfeigned repentance, [p. 625]
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