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

  • Source Note
  • Historical Introduction
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<​August 12​> of County Commissioner’s court, they went to to give bonds, and take oath of office. When before the Court, , , Franklin J. Morrill, one Prentice, and 12 or 15 others, came in armed with hickory clubs, knives, dirks and pistols, and told the court they must not approve their bonds or swear them into office; if they did, blood would be spilt; and pledged their word, honor and reputation, to keep them out of office and put down the Mormons. The bonds however were accepted, and the mob gave notice of a meeting of the anti-Mormons of for Saturday next, to consider about the Mormons retaining their offices.
Elder was sworn into office as Recorder of the city of . [HC 5:528]
13 August 1843 • Sunday
<​13.—​> Sunday— “I went to the stand<​——​> <​I went to the stand​> on Sunday morning August 13th 1843 <​and preached​> on the death of . <​a synopsis of which <​was​> <​was​> reported by my Clerk Dr. .​>
Brethren and Sisters, you will find these words in 2 Peter, 3rd. ch. 10, 11 vs:
“But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night; in the which the heavens shall pass away with a great noise, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat, the earth also and the works that are therein shall be burned up. Seeing then that all these things shall be dissolved, what manner of persons ought ye to be in all holy conversation and godliness.”
I am not like other men; my mind is continually occupied with the business of the day, and I have to depend entirely upon the living God for every thing I say on such occasions as these.
The great thing for us to know is to comprehend what God did institute before the foundation of the world. Who knows it? It is the constitutional disposition of mankind to set up stakes, and set bounds to the work and ways of the Almighty.
We are called this morning to mourn the death of a just and good man— a great and mighty man. It is a solemn idea that man has no hope of seeing a friend after he has lost him; but I will give you a more painful thought; it is simple; for I never design to communicate any ideas but what are simple, for to this end I am sent. Suppose you have an idea of a resurrection &c. &c., and yet know nothing at all [HC 5:529] of the Gospel, nor comprehend one principle of the order of heaven, but find yourselves disappointed— Yes, at last find yourselves disappointed in every hope or anticipation, when the decision goes forth from the lips of the Almighty— would not this be a greater disappointment, a more painful thought than annihilation?
Had I inspiration, revelation, and lungs to communicate what my soul has contemplated in times past, there is not a soul in this congregation but would go to their homes, and shut their mouths in everlasting silence on religion till they had learned something.
Why be so certain that you comprehend the things of God, when all things with you are so uncertain. You are welcome to all the knowledge and intelligence I can impart to you.
I do not grudge the world of all the religion they have got; they are welcome to all the knowledge they possess.
The sound saluted my ears, we are come unto Mount Zion, the city [p. 1689]
August 12 of County Commissioner’s court, they went to to give bonds, and take oath of office. When before the Court, , , Franklin J. Morrill, one Prentice, and 12 or 15 others, came in armed with hickory clubs, knives, dirks and pistols, and told the court they must not approve their bonds or swear them into office; if they did, blood would be spilt; and pledged their word, honor and reputation, to keep them out of office and put down the Mormons. The bonds however were accepted, and the mob gave notice of a meeting of the anti-Mormons of for Saturday next, to consider about the Mormons retaining their offices.
Elder was sworn into office as Recorder of the city of . [HC 5:528]
13 August 1843 • Sunday
13.— Sunday— “I went to the stand—— on Sunday morning August 13th 1843 and preached on the death of . a synopsis of which was reported by my Clerk Dr. .
Brethren and Sisters, you will find these words in 2 Peter, 3rd. ch. 10, 11 vs:
“But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night; in the which the heavens shall pass away with a great noise, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat, the earth also and the works that are therein shall be burned up. Seeing then that all these things shall be dissolved, what manner of persons ought ye to be in all holy conversation and godliness.”
I am not like other men; my mind is continually occupied with the business of the day, and I have to depend entirely upon the living God for every thing I say on such occasions as these.
The great thing for us to know is to comprehend what God did institute before the foundation of the world. Who knows it? It is the constitutional disposition of mankind to set up stakes, and set bounds to the work and ways of the Almighty.
We are called this morning to mourn the death of a just and good man— a great and mighty man. It is a solemn idea that man has no hope of seeing a friend after he has lost him; but I will give you a more painful thought; it is simple; for I never design to communicate any ideas but what are simple, for to this end I am sent. Suppose you have an idea of a resurrection &c. &c., and yet know nothing at all [HC 5:529] of the Gospel, nor comprehend one principle of the order of heaven, but find yourselves disappointed— Yes, at last find yourselves disappointed in every hope or anticipation, when the decision goes forth from the lips of the Almighty— would not this be a greater disappointment, a more painful thought than annihilation?
Had I inspiration, revelation, and lungs to communicate what my soul has contemplated in times past, there is not a soul in this congregation but would go to their homes, and shut their mouths in everlasting silence on religion till they had learned something.
Why be so certain that you comprehend the things of God, when all things with you are so uncertain. You are welcome to all the knowledge and intelligence I can impart to you.
I do not grudge the world of all the religion they have got; they are welcome to all the knowledge they possess.
The sound saluted my ears, we are come unto Mount Zion, the city [p. 1689]
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