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

  • Source Note
  • Historical Introduction
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<​November 24​> The young men have established a debating society in to discuss topics of various descriptions. [HC 6:80]
25 November 1843 • Saturday
<​25​> Saturday 25. United States Surveyor from , arrived in . In evening the High Council sat on the case of charged with seduction, and having stated that I had taught it was right— charge not sustained. I was present with several of the Twelve, and gave an address tending to do away with every evil, and exhorting them to practice virtue and holiness before the Lord— told them that the church had not received any permission from me to commit fornication, adultery, or any corrupt action, but my every word and action has been to the contrary. If a man commit adultery, he cannot receive the celestial kingdom of God, even if he is saved in any kingdom, it can not be the celestial kingdom; I did think that the many examples that have been made manifest, such as and others, were sufficient to shew the fallacy of such a course of conduct.
I condemned such actions in toto, and warned the people present against committing such evils, for it will surely bring a curse upon any person who commits such deeds.
After adjournment, held a Council, and agreed to meet at the to morrow morning.
I received a letter signed by George B Wallace and six other Elders, requesting permission for Elder to remain in the ensuing winter; also a letter from giving his assent to the petition, to which the Twelve Apostles wrote the following reply:
“Elder , Beloved Brother, Your letter dated at , in connection with [HC 6:81] some one hundred and fifty of the brethren, is received, and we proceed to reply: Your letter is not before us this moment, consequently you must excuse a reference to dates, and names, which have escaped our recollection, but the subject is fresh, and the letter was read in a council of presidents Joseph, and the Twelve, when the word of the Lord came through Joseph the Seer, Thus:—
“Let my servant take his departure speedily from the city of , and go directly to the city of , and there labor diligently in proclaiming my Gospel to the inhabitants thereof, and if he is humble and faithful, lo! I will be with him, and will give him the hearts of the people that he may do them good, and build up a church unto my name in that .”
Now if you wish to follow council counsel, and do the will of the Lord, as we believe you desire to do, call the church at together, without delay, and read this letter to them, calling upon them to assist you in your Mission, and go thy way speedily unto the place which is appointed unto you by the voice of the Lord, and build up a church in the city of , for it is expedient and absolutely necessary that we have a foot hold in that popular . Let your words be soft unto the people, but full of the spirit and power of the Holy Ghost. Do not challenge the sects for debate, but treat them as brethren and friends, and the God of heaven will bless you, and we will bless you in the name of the Lord Jesus, and the people will rise up and bless you and call you a sweet messenger of peace. You will pardon us for giving you [p. 1780]
November 24 The young men have established a debating society in to discuss topics of various descriptions. [HC 6:80]
25 November 1843 • Saturday
25 Saturday 25. United States Surveyor from , arrived in . In evening the High Council sat on the case of charged with seduction, and having stated that I had taught it was right— charge not sustained. I was present with several of the Twelve, and gave an address tending to do away with every evil, and exhorting them to practice virtue and holiness before the Lord— told them that the church had not received any permission from me to commit fornication, adultery, or any corrupt action, but my every word and action has been to the contrary. If a man commit adultery, he cannot receive the celestial kingdom of God, even if he is saved in any kingdom, it can not be the celestial kingdom; I did think that the many examples that have been made manifest, such as and others, were sufficient to shew the fallacy of such a course of conduct.
I condemned such actions in toto, and warned the people present against committing such evils, for it will surely bring a curse upon any person who commits such deeds.
After adjournment, held a Council, and agreed to meet at the to morrow morning.
I received a letter signed by George B Wallace and six other Elders, requesting permission for Elder to remain in the ensuing winter; also a letter from giving his assent to the petition, to which the Twelve Apostles wrote the following reply:
“Elder , Beloved Brother, Your letter dated at , in connection with [HC 6:81] some one hundred and fifty of the brethren, is received, and we proceed to reply: Your letter is not before us this moment, consequently you must excuse a reference to dates, and names, which have escaped our recollection, but the subject is fresh, and the letter was read in a council of presidents Joseph, and the Twelve, when the word of the Lord came through Joseph the Seer, Thus:—
“Let my servant take his departure speedily from the city of , and go directly to the city of , and there labor diligently in proclaiming my Gospel to the inhabitants thereof, and if he is humble and faithful, lo! I will be with him, and will give him the hearts of the people that he may do them good, and build up a church unto my name in that .”
Now if you wish to follow counsel, and do the will of the Lord, as we believe you desire to do, call the church at together, without delay, and read this letter to them, calling upon them to assist you in your Mission, and go thy way speedily unto the place which is appointed unto you by the voice of the Lord, and build up a church in the city of , for it is expedient and absolutely necessary that we have a foot hold in that popular . Let your words be soft unto the people, but full of the spirit and power of the Holy Ghost. Do not challenge the sects for debate, but treat them as brethren and friends, and the God of heaven will bless you, and we will bless you in the name of the Lord Jesus, and the people will rise up and bless you and call you a sweet messenger of peace. You will pardon us for giving you [p. 1780]
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