History, 1838–1856, volume F-1 [1 May 1844–8 August 1844]

  • Source Note
  • Historical Introduction
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<​July 18​> an inspired man, how would you look upon him? As the worst of men, the same as they did, and concluded with the following remarks:—
‘In consequence of the death of the prophets, the Editors seem to get the spirit of prophecy, and say the work is done, and will stop and die; but, as I am in the midst of the prophetic editors, like Saul [HC 7:197] I catch some of the spirit of prophecy, and so I will prophecy that instead of the work dying, it will be like the mustard stock that was ripe, that a man undertook to throw out of his garden, and scattered seed all over it, and next year it was nothing but mustard. It will be so by shedding the blood of the prophets, it will make ten Saints where there is one now. Some said that he would be President, but is now dead; now what will he do? The revelator says, he that overcometh will I give power over the nations, and he shall rule them with a rod of iron, I don’t know but he may hold the keys of the Plagues that are to be poured out in the last days upon this and other nations. Angels appeared anciently to John, who were his fellow servants the prophets. Joseph may appear in this day to his brethren. This gospel of the Kingdom must be preached in all the world for a testimony, then shall the end come, though they should be persecuted if they endured to the end they should be saved. This generation speak much about the clouds and weather, they discern the face of the sky, but why can they not discern the signs of the times. The fig trees are leafing, and all things indicate the second advent of Christ.’
“Elder arose and said he felt disposed to add his testimony: be of good cheer. The testimony is not in force while the Testator liveth, when he died it was in force, so it is with Joseph. On the day of Pentecost there were but 120 of the Saints, but at that time there was added 3000 souls. When God sends a man to do a work, all the devils in hell cannot kill him until he gets through his work; so with Joseph, he prepared all things, gave the keys to men on the earth, and said ‘I may soon be taken from you.’”
The following epistle of the Twelve was published in the Prophet:—
July 18. 1844.
“To the Elders and Saints scattered abroad, greeting:
Dear Brethren,— We take this method to notify you that the advice and council of the Twelve, that all the brethren who have families in the West, should return to them as soon as convenient; and that all the Churches should remain humble and watch unto prayer, and follow the teachings that have been given them by the servants of God, and leave all things in the hands of God, all will be right; the name of the Lord will be glorified and his work will prosper; and we would warn the Saints in all the world against receiving the teach[HC 7:198]ings of any man or set of men who come professing to be Elders of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, who preach any doctrine contrary to the plain and holy principles of the gospel of Jesus Christ which have been delivered unto them. We wish to see all the authorities of the Church residing at , who at this time may be absent, such as the Presidents of the different Quorums, High Priests, High Council, Seventies and Bishops, that we may meet them in Council as soon as convenient, as we expect to return immediately to . [p. 275]
July 18 , and concluded with the following remarks:—
‘In consequence of the death of the prophets, the Editors seem to get the spirit of prophecy, and say the work is done, and will stop and die; but, as I am in the midst of the prophetic editors, like Saul [HC 7:197] I catch some of the spirit of prophecy, and so I will prophecy that instead of the work dying, it will be like the mustard stock that was ripe, that a man undertook to throw out of his garden, and scattered seed all over it, and next year it was nothing but mustard. It will be so by shedding the blood of the prophets, it will make ten Saints where there is one now. Some said that he would be President, but is now dead; now what will he do? The revelator says, he that overcometh will I give power over the nations, and he shall rule them with a rod of iron, I don’t know but he may hold the keys of the Plagues that are to be poured out in the last days upon this and other nations. Angels appeared anciently to John, who were his fellow servants the prophets. Joseph may appear in this day to his brethren. This gospel of the Kingdom must be preached in all the world for a testimony, then shall the end come, though they should be persecuted if they endured to the end they should be saved. This generation speak much about the clouds and weather, they discern the face of the sky, but why can they not discern the signs of the times. The fig trees are leafing, and all things indicate the second advent of Christ.’
“Elder arose and said he felt disposed to add his testimony: be of good cheer. The testimony is not in force while the Testator liveth, when he died it was in force, so it is with Joseph. On the day of Pentecost there were but 120 of the Saints, but at that time there was added 3000 souls. When God sends a man to do a work, all the devils in hell cannot kill him until he gets through his work; so with Joseph, he prepared all things, gave the keys to men on the earth, and said ‘I may soon be taken from you.’”
The following epistle of the Twelve was published in the Prophet:—
July 18. 1844.
“To the Elders and Saints scattered abroad, greeting:
Dear Brethren,— We take this method to notify you that the advice and council of the Twelve, that all the brethren who have families in the West, should return to them as soon as convenient; and that all the Churches should remain humble and watch unto prayer, and follow the teachings that have been given them by the servants of God, and leave all things in the hands of God, all will be right; the name of the Lord will be glorified and his work will prosper; and we would warn the Saints in all the world against receiving the teach[HC 7:198]ings of any man or set of men who come professing to be Elders of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, who preach any doctrine contrary to the plain and holy principles of the gospel of Jesus Christ which have been delivered unto them. We wish to see all the authorities of the Church residing at , who at this time may be absent, such as the Presidents of the different Quorums, High Priests, High Council, Seventies and Bishops, that we may meet them in Council as soon as convenient, as we expect to return immediately to . [p. 275]
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