History, 1838–1856, volume E-1 [1 July 1843–30 April 1844]

  • Source Note
  • Historical Introduction
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<​September 10​> her plagues come in one day; death, and mourning, and famine; and she shall be utterly burned with fire, for strong is the Lord God who judgeth her.’ Jesus communicated the parable of the fig tree, which in putting forth its leaves betokens the approach of summer; and so likewise when we see the signs in the sun, moon and stars, and in the heavens and the earth of which he spoke, we might know that his coming is near— that the generation in which those signs appeared should not pass away, till all should be fulfilled.
These things are about to come to pass upon the heads of the present generation, notwithstanding they are not looking for it, neither do they believe it; yet their unbelief will not make the truth of God of none effect; the signs are appearing in the heavens and on the earth, and all things indicate the fulfilment of the Prophets; the fig tree is leafing, summer is nigh, and the Lord has sent his Angels to lay the foundation of this great and important work. Then why should not God reveal his secrets unto his servants the Prophets, that the saints might be led in paths of safety, and escape those evils which are about to engulph a whole generation in ruin!.”
11 September 1843 • Monday • First of Two Entries
<​11.​> Monday 11. “Conference met at Boylston Hall, at 9 o’clock a.m. Present of the Quorum of the Twelve, Elders , , , , , , , and .
Opened with prayer by .
Elder , stated the object of the meeting.
The first item of business is the spread of the Gospel of Salvation. I want to state what devolves upon the Twelve: Nine years ago a Revelation was given which was fulfilled in 1835, and when fulfilled the prophet lifted up his head and rejoiced before the Lord. Previously the responsibility of spreading the Gospel rested on him, now it is on the Twelve: this is the relation we hold between the living and the dead, to direct how you may escape. Last winter we were directed to send men to the nations of the earth; Elder had been to the Sandwich Islands, and proffered his services: we have power to ordain them and call upon the church to assist in sending them. Here are four men willing to go, and we do not wish them to cease trying, unless it be to die trying. One of them is ill; if he stays he will die. I would go, or die trying. We call on the churches to fit out these men with necessaries; Elder and Elder , we call on to fit them out; if [HC 6:27] does not, will do it himself: this takes the responsibility from us. If the Saints will not help, the curse of God will rest upon them. If the at is not built, we will receive our endowments if we have to go into the wilderness, and build an altar of stone. If a man gives his all, it is all God requires; has received one Dollar since he came to , and seventeen Dollars and a half before, towards building the ; a book is kept of all sums given; this book will also be opened. All is recorded. I have received Twenty three dollars— and I have spent about Forty five or Fifty Dollars. I am rich, and expect to be so throughout all eternity, with the help of God and my brethren. I can get home, if I can sell land; some of the Twelve are more destitute, but they are the best set of [p. 1730]
September 10 her plagues come in one day; death, and mourning, and famine; and she shall be utterly burned with fire, for strong is the Lord God who judgeth her.’ Jesus communicated the parable of the fig tree, which in putting forth its leaves betokens the approach of summer; and so likewise when we see the signs in the sun, moon and stars, and in the heavens and the earth of which he spoke, we might know that his coming is near— that the generation in which those signs appeared should not pass away, till all should be fulfilled.
These things are about to come to pass upon the heads of the present generation, notwithstanding they are not looking for it, neither do they believe it; yet their unbelief will not make the truth of God of none effect; the signs are appearing in the heavens and on the earth, and all things indicate the fulfilment of the Prophets; the fig tree is leafing, summer is nigh, and the Lord has sent his Angels to lay the foundation of this great and important work. Then why should not God reveal his secrets unto his servants the Prophets, that the saints might be led in paths of safety, and escape those evils which are about to engulph a whole generation in ruin!.”
11 September 1843 • Monday • First of Two Entries
11. Monday 11. “Conference met at Boylston Hall, at 9 o’clock a.m. Present of the Quorum of the Twelve, Elders , , , , , , , and .
Opened with prayer by .
Elder , stated the object of the meeting.
The first item of business is the spread of the Gospel of Salvation. I want to state what devolves upon the Twelve: Nine years ago a Revelation was given which was fulfilled in 1835, and when fulfilled the prophet lifted up his head and rejoiced before the Lord. Previously the responsibility of spreading the Gospel rested on him, now it is on the Twelve: this is the relation we hold between the living and the dead, to direct how you may escape. Last winter we were directed to send men to the nations of the earth; Elder had been to the Sandwich Islands, and proffered his services: we have power to ordain them and call upon the church to assist in sending them. Here are four men willing to go, and we do not wish them to cease trying, unless it be to die trying. One of them is ill; if he stays he will die. I would go, or die trying. We call on the churches to fit out these men with necessaries; Elder and Elder , we call on to fit them out; if [HC 6:27] does not, will do it himself: this takes the responsibility from us. If the Saints will not help, the curse of God will rest upon them. If the at is not built, we will receive our endowments if we have to go into the wilderness, and build an altar of stone. If a man gives his all, it is all God requires; has received one Dollar since he came to , and seventeen Dollars and a half before, towards building the ; a book is kept of all sums given; this book will also be opened. All is recorded. I have received Twenty three dollars— and I have spent about Forty five or Fifty Dollars. I am rich, and expect to be so throughout all eternity, with the help of God and my brethren. I can get home, if I can sell land; some of the Twelve are more destitute, but they are the best set of [p. 1730]
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