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

  • Source Note
  • Historical Introduction
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<​September 11​> ever stepped aside but I have known it; I know the result of their actions, and they cannot help themselves. If you find out my heart you are welcome to it. If any of the Twelve take a wrong path, or a course by themselves I know the path, and know the end of it; thy are soon in the ditch crying for help. I sit down and let others run. I strike with a crooked stick to hit the whole. Now the Twelve must be helped home, and there must be something for the and the . We have got a plot of the city of for Lithographing: if any one wishes to advance the money to lithograph, and have a few thousands struck off, <​they​> shall be paid till they are satisfied; there was not wealth enough in , and the regions round about.
(He here exhibited the Map of ) He concluded with a few remarks relative to the circumstances of , who had just returned from his mission to . Elder spoke as follows:
In the middle of last April, I arrived at houseless, and with a large family. Brother Joseph said to me, ‘, stay at home and build a house.’ I was behind hand in instructions and information, while others had been at home learning the great things of God. I have now come East principally on business, though I always have a mission wherever I am. I speak for my brethren; they have an absolute claim— it belongs to them and they want it— it is justly theirs; I ask for nothing for myself.
Elder said:
I suppose you all understand what [HC 6:29] has said, and I consider his counsel good; he is my superior and my head in the council of the Twelve. If I go astray it will be through ignorance, we must be subject to the powers that be, and there are no powers but are ordained of God; and if we reject their council we shall be damned. Some of our finest looking and smartest men have fallen. I consider those trees in the forest which have the largest and highest tops are in the greatest danger— they are blown down, and there is no way of restoring them but to cut off; let the stump go back, and new sprouts come out. Those who have most responsibility are in most danger; we must be careful how we treat God’s officers. No man ever fell unless it was through rejecting Counsel: I as well as my brethren see this. My superior knows more than I because he is nearer the fountain: to get knowledge, begin at the foot of the stream, and drink all up till you get to the fountain, and then you get all the knowledge. It is necessary for the people here to obey counsel. God has sent me forth through his servants to take my part in this great work, and the work is true. I know there are but few in this church who will be able to walk in this narrow path. We must keep the celestial law in the flesh. The more simple we teach the better for us.
It is a wrong idea of Elders whipping sects; try and win the people; salt both sheep and shepherd too; get them up so that they will lick the salt out of your hands (An infidel here handed money to , who prophesied that he would be a Saint and an Elder, and all his family should be Saints.) Give them good Salt; gain the affections of the Shepherd and the whole flock will come. Now we get sheep up to lick, and [p. 1732]
September 11 ever stepped aside but I have known it; I know the result of their actions, and they cannot help themselves. If you find out my heart you are welcome to it. If any of the Twelve take a wrong path, or a course by themselves I know the path, and know the end of it; thy are soon in the ditch crying for help. I sit down and let others run. I strike with a crooked stick to hit the whole. Now the Twelve must be helped home, and there must be something for the and the . We have got a plot of the city of for Lithographing: if any one wishes to advance the money to lithograph, and have a few thousands struck off, they shall be paid till they are satisfied; there was not wealth enough in , and the regions round about.
(He here exhibited the Map of ) He concluded with a few remarks relative to the circumstances of , who had just returned from his mission to . Elder spoke as follows:
In the middle of last April, I arrived at houseless, and with a large family. Brother Joseph said to me, ‘, stay at home and build a house.’ I was behind hand in instructions and information, while others had been at home learning the great things of God. I have now come East principally on business, though I always have a mission wherever I am. I speak for my brethren; they have an absolute claim— it belongs to them and they want it— it is justly theirs; I ask for nothing for myself.
Elder said:
I suppose you all understand what [HC 6:29] has said, and I consider his counsel good; he is my superior and my head in the council of the Twelve. If I go astray it will be through ignorance, we must be subject to the powers that be, and there are no powers but are ordained of God; and if we reject their council we shall be damned. Some of our finest looking and smartest men have fallen. I consider those trees in the forest which have the largest and highest tops are in the greatest danger— they are blown down, and there is no way of restoring them but to cut off; let the stump go back, and new sprouts come out. Those who have most responsibility are in most danger; we must be careful how we treat God’s officers. No man ever fell unless it was through rejecting Counsel: I as well as my brethren see this. My superior knows more than I because he is nearer the fountain: to get knowledge, begin at the foot of the stream, and drink all up till you get to the fountain, and then you get all the knowledge. It is necessary for the people here to obey counsel. God has sent me forth through his servants to take my part in this great work, and the work is true. I know there are but few in this church who will be able to walk in this narrow path. We must keep the celestial law in the flesh. The more simple we teach the better for us.
It is a wrong idea of Elders whipping sects; try and win the people; salt both sheep and shepherd too; get them up so that they will lick the salt out of your hands (An infidel here handed money to , who prophesied that he would be a Saint and an Elder, and all his family should be Saints.) Give them good Salt; gain the affections of the Shepherd and the whole flock will come. Now we get sheep up to lick, and [p. 1732]
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