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

  • Source Note
  • Historical Introduction
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was agitated again, and settled after much controvery, and he <​November 15​> retained in the church, by making a humble confession acknowledgement before the church, and consenting to have his confession published in the “messenger and advocate,” after which the ordinance of the Lord’s Supper was administered, and the meeting closed very late; Returned home and spent the evening.
16 November 1835 • Monday
<​16. Joseph’s Letter to the Elders.​> Monday the 16th. at home. Dictated the followin[g] letter for publication in the “Messenger and Advocate.” [HC 2:312]
To the Elders of the Church of the Latter Day Saints. I have shewn unto you, in my last, that there are two Jerusalems spoken of in Holy Writ, in a manner, I think, satisfactorily to your minds: At any rate I have given my views <​up​>on the subject. I shall now proceed to make some remarks from the sayings of the Savior, recorded in the 13th chapter of his Gospel according to St Matthew, which in my mind affords us as clear an understanding, upon the important subject of the gathering, as any thing recorded in the Bible. At the time the Savior spoke these beautiful sayings and parables, contained in the chapter above quoted, we find him seated in a ship, on the account of the multitude that pressed upon him to hear his words, <​Mat. 13th.​> and he commenced teaching them saying, [HC 2:264] “Behold a sower went forth to sow. and when he sowed, some seeds fell by the way side, and the fowls came and devoured them up; some fell upon stony places, where they had not much earth, and forthwith they sprang up because they had no deepness of earth, and when the sun was up, they were scorched, and because they had not root they withered away; and some fell among thorns, and the thorns sprang up and choked them; but other fell in good ground and brought forth fruit, some an hundred fold, some sixty fold, some thirty fold: who hath ears to hear let him hear. And the disciples came and said unto him, Why speakest thou unto them in parables? (I would here remark, that the “them,” made use of in this interrogation, is a personal pronoun, and refers to the multitude,) he answered and said unto them, (that is the disciples,) it is given unto you to know the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven, but unto them (that is unbelievers) it is not given, for whosoever hath, to him shall be given, and he shall have more abundance; but whosoever hath not shall be taken away even that he hath.”
We understand from this saying, that those who had previously looking for a messiah to come, according to the testimony of the prophets, and were then, at that time, looking for a messiah, but had not sufficient light on account of their unbelief, to discern him to be their Savior; and he being the true Messiah, consequently they must be disappointed and lose even all the knowledge, or have taken away from them, all the light, understanding and faith, which they had upon this subject: therefore he that will not receive the greater— [p. 643]
was agitated again, and settled after much controvery, and he November 15 retained in the church, by making a humble acknowledgement before the church, and consenting to have his confession published in the “messenger and advocate,” after which the ordinance of the Lord’s Supper was administered, and the meeting closed very late; Returned home and spent the evening.
16 November 1835 • Monday
16. Joseph’s Letter to the Elders. Monday the 16th. at home. Dictated the following letter for publication in the “Messenger and Advocate.” [HC 2:312]
To the Elders of the Church of the Latter Day Saints. I have shewn unto you, in my last, that there are two Jerusalems spoken of in Holy Writ, in a manner, I think, satisfactorily to your minds: At any rate I have given my views upon the subject. I shall now proceed to make some remarks from the sayings of the Savior, recorded in the 13th chapter of his Gospel according to St Matthew, which in my mind affords us as clear an understanding, upon the important subject of the gathering, as any thing recorded in the Bible. At the time the Savior spoke these beautiful sayings and parables, contained in the chapter above quoted, we find him seated in a ship, on the account of the multitude that pressed upon him to hear his words, Mat. 13th. and he commenced teaching them saying, [HC 2:264] “Behold a sower went forth to sow. and when he sowed, some seeds fell by the way side, and the fowls came and devoured them up; some fell upon stony places, where they had not much earth, and forthwith they sprang up because they had no deepness of earth, and when the sun was up, they were scorched, and because they had not root they withered away; and some fell among thorns, and the thorns sprang up and choked them; but other fell in good ground and brought forth fruit, some an hundred fold, some sixty fold, some thirty fold: who hath ears to hear let him hear. And the disciples came and said unto him, Why speakest thou unto them in parables? (I would here remark, that the “them,” made use of in this interrogation, is a personal pronoun, and refers to the multitude,) he answered and said unto them, (that is the disciples,) it is given unto you to know the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven, but unto them (that is unbelievers) it is not given, for whosoever hath, to him shall be given, and he shall have more abundance; but whosoever hath not shall be taken away even that he hath.”
We understand from this saying, that those who had previously looking for a messiah to come, according to the testimony of the prophets, and were then, at that time, looking for a messiah, but had not sufficient light on account of their unbelief, to discern him to be their Savior; and he being the true Messiah, consequently they must be disappointed and lose even all the knowledge, or have taken away from them, all the light, understanding and faith, which they had upon this subject: therefore he that will not receive the greater— [p. 643]
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