History Draft [1 January–3 March 1843]

  • Source Note
  • Historical Introduction
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<​2.​> with it. The ancients “quenched the violence of fire, escaped the edge of the sword, women received their dead.” &c “by faith the “<​w​>orlds were made”. A man who has none of the gifts has no faith, and he deceives himself if he supposes he has. Faith has been wanting not only among the heathen, but in professed christendom also, so that tongu[e]s, healings, prophecy, & prophets, & Apostles, and all these the gifts and blessings have been wanting.
Some of the company thought I was not a very meek prophet. So I told them “I am meek & lowly in heart” and will personify Jesus for a moment to illustrate the principle; & cried out with a loud voice “Wo unto you ye Docters, Wo unto you ye Lawyers, Wo unto you ye scribes, pharisees, & hypoctes [hypocrites], <​&c​>” <​But​> You cannot find the place where I ever went that I found fault with their food, their drink, their house, or their lodging, No Never, and this is what is meant by the meekness & lowliness of Jesus.
Mr Sollars stated that James Mullone of told him he <​as​> <​follows,​> <​"I​> had <​have​> been to & Seen Jo Smith, the prophet, he has a grey horse & I asked him where he got it, & Jo said. “You see that white cloud?[”] “Yes”. [“]Well as it come along, I got the horse from that cloud,” This is a fair specimen of the ten thousand foolish lies circulated by this generation to bring the truth & its advocates in <​to​> disrepute.
In reference to <​“What is it that inspires​> professors of christianity generally, with a hope of Salvation”? It is that smooth, sophisticated influence of the Devil by which he deceives the whole world. But, said Mr Sollars, “May I not repent and be baptized, & not pay any attention to dreams, visions & other gifts of the Spirit?” I replied suppose I am <​travelling and am​> hungry and meet with a man & tell him I am hungry; & he tells me to go yonder, there is a house of <​for​> Entertainme[n]t go and knock; and you must conform to all the rules of the home, or you cannot satisfy your hunger, knock, call for food, sit down & eat; and I go & knock, and ask for food, & sit down to the table, but do not eat, Shall I satisfy my hunger? No! I must eat: the gifts are the food; and “the graces of the Spirit” are the gifts of the Spirit.
When I first commenced this work & had got 2 or 3 individ[u]als [p. 3]
2. with it. The ancients “quenched the violence of fire, escaped the edge of the sword, women received their dead.” &c “by faith the “worlds were made”. A man who has none of the gifts has no faith, and he deceives himself if he supposes he has. Faith has been wanting not only among the heathen, but in professed christendom also, so that tongues, healings, prophecy, & prophets, & Apostles, and all the gifts and blessings have been wanting.
Some of the company thought I was not a very meek prophet. So I told them “I am meek & lowly in heart” and will personify Jesus for a moment to illustrate the principle; & cried out with a loud voice “Wo unto you ye Docters, Wo unto you ye Lawyers, Wo unto you ye scribes, pharisees, & hypoctes [hypocrites], &c” But You cannot find the place where I ever went that I found fault with their food, their drink, their house, or their lodging, No Never, and this is what is meant by the meekness & lowliness of Jesus.
Mr Sollars stated that James Mullone of told him as follows, "I have been to & Seen Jo Smith, the prophet, he has a grey horse & I asked him where he got it, & Jo said. “You see that white cloud?” “Yes”. [“]Well as it come along, I got the horse from that cloud,” This is a fair specimen of the ten thousand foolish lies circulated by this generation to bring the truth & its advocates in to disrepute.
“What is it that inspires professors of christianity generally, with a hope of Salvation”? It is that smooth, sophisticated influence of the Devil by which he deceives the whole world. But, said Mr Sollars, “May I not repent and be baptized, & not pay any attention to dreams, visions & other gifts of the Spirit?” I replied suppose I am travelling and am hungry and meet with a man & tell him I am hungry; & he tells me to go yonder, there is a house for Entertainment go and knock; and you must conform to all the rules of the home, or you cannot satisfy your hunger, knock, call for food, sit down & eat; and I go & knock, and ask for food, & sit down to the table, but do not eat, Shall I satisfy my hunger? No! I must eat: the gifts are the food; and “the graces of the Spirit” are the gifts of the Spirit.
When I first commenced this work & had got 2 or 3 individuals [p. 3]
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