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

  • Source Note
  • Historical Introduction
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<​September 9​> minds than has been done. There are some things however I wish to mention: we have learned from what we have heard this day that great blessings will be given to the faithful when the is finished. I will speak of some of the consequences that will follow if we do not obey. When the is reared, God will manifest himself in a peculiar manner; if we are obedient, he has told us he will make manifest to us things we are now ignorant of; he has said he will reveal things which pertain to this dispensation that have been hidden and kept secret from the foundation of the world. No former age or generation of the world have had the same things revealed; all other dispensations will be swallowed up in this. He declares in his revelations the consequences of not building the unto his name within such a time. The Lord says, if you build the in that time you shall be blessed; but if not you shall be rejected as a church with your dead, saith the Lord. So if that is not built, then in vain are all our cares; our faith and works, our meetings and hopes are vain also— our performances and acts will be void. The servants of God who are faithful and do their duty will get the blessing; and we are determined to do our duty, and lay these principles before the Saints, so that they may have the privilege of contributing; We will turn this responsibility upon the heads of the Saints; then our garments will be clear, and the Lord is able and will be willing to endow all the faithful in some other place. This Church in its infancy was directed to do a certain work, and the consequences pointed out. The Lord gave a Revelation several years since to the church to appoint our wise men, and send up our moneys by them to buy lands; if not, we should not have an inheritance, but our enemies should be upon us. We went through and told the Saints these things; but did the churches do as God commanded? No, they did not, but the revelation was fulfilled, and the enemies of the Saints came upon them, and drove them from their houses and homes, [HC 6:22] and finally from the State of . This was in consequence of their disobeying the commandments of God through his servant Joseph. Many suppose they must get direct revelation from God for themselves; not so; He has a Prophet, and he says the church shall give heed to the words of the Prophet, as he is to hold the keys of the kingdom of God in this life, and in the world to come. Then it is of much consequence that you give heed to his word. Says one, suppose we are not satisfied that this is the work of God? You can ask God if the work is true, and he will give you a testimony. You can put every confidence in the Book of Mormon, and in Joseph the Prophet, and if you are not satisfied go to God. I doubt in my own mind if any man can stand what they will have to pass through, unless they do get a witness for themselves: And I pray you to give heed to the words which the Twelve have taught you, and ask God to help you.”
“The Conference was adjourned until 10 o’Clock to morrow morning”
10 September 1843 • Sunday • First of Two Entries
<​10.​> Sunday 10. “Conference met according to adjournment.
Meeting was opened by singing; and prayer by ; after which,
Elder addressed the Assembly from Amos 3 ch. 7 v.
“Surely the Lord God will do nothing but he revealeth his secret unto his servants the prophets? According to the testimony of the Scriptures in all ages of the world, [p. 1726]
September 9 minds than has been done. There are some things however I wish to mention: we have learned from what we have heard this day that great blessings will be given to the faithful when the is finished. I will speak of some of the consequences that will follow if we do not obey. When the is reared, God will manifest himself in a peculiar manner; if we are obedient, he has told us he will make manifest to us things we are now ignorant of; he has said he will reveal things which pertain to this dispensation that have been hidden and kept secret from the foundation of the world. No former age or generation of the world have had the same things revealed; all other dispensations will be swallowed up in this. He declares in his revelations the consequences of not building the unto his name within such a time. The Lord says, if you build the in that time you shall be blessed; but if not you shall be rejected as a church with your dead, saith the Lord. So if that is not built, then in vain are all our cares; our faith and works, our meetings and hopes are vain also— our performances and acts will be void. The servants of God who are faithful and do their duty will get the blessing; and we are determined to do our duty, and lay these principles before the Saints, so that they may have the privilege of contributing; We will turn this responsibility upon the heads of the Saints; then our garments will be clear, and the Lord is able and will be willing to endow all the faithful in some other place. This Church in its infancy was directed to do a certain work, and the consequences pointed out. The Lord gave a Revelation several years since to the church to appoint our wise men, and send up our moneys by them to buy lands; if not, we should not have an inheritance, but our enemies should be upon us. We went through and told the Saints these things; but did the churches do as God commanded? No, they did not, but the revelation was fulfilled, and the enemies of the Saints came upon them, and drove them from their houses and homes, [HC 6:22] and finally from the State of . This was in consequence of their disobeying the commandments of God through his servant Joseph. Many suppose they must get direct revelation from God for themselves; not so; He has a Prophet, and he says the church shall give heed to the words of the Prophet, as he is to hold the keys of the kingdom of God in this life, and in the world to come. Then it is of much consequence that you give heed to his word. Says one, suppose we are not satisfied that this is the work of God? You can ask God if the work is true, and he will give you a testimony. You can put every confidence in the Book of Mormon, and in Joseph the Prophet, and if you are not satisfied go to God. I doubt in my own mind if any man can stand what they will have to pass through, unless they do get a witness for themselves: And I pray you to give heed to the words which the Twelve have taught you, and ask God to help you.”
“The Conference was adjourned until 10 o’Clock to morrow morning”
10 September 1843 • Sunday • First of Two Entries
10. Sunday 10. “Conference met according to adjournment.
Meeting was opened by singing; and prayer by ; after which,
Elder addressed the Assembly from Amos 3 ch. 7 v.
“Surely the Lord God will do nothing but he revealeth his secret unto his servants the prophets? According to the testimony of the Scriptures in all ages of the world, [p. 1726]
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