Minutes and Discourses, 6–8 April 1844, as Reported by William Clayton
General conference of the church, Minutes, and JS, Discourses, Nauvoo, Hancock Co., IL, 6–8 Apr. 1844; handwriting of ; dockets in handwriting of Robert L. Campbell and Jonathan Grimshaw; thirty-eight pages; General Church Minutes, CHL.
Because I pour it out you shall know that you have my spirit and if you have not got this you may know you are converted to something else & not to God— Let us sum up the whole pro[c]ess— of salvation. I am authorised to do this from the N. T. [New Testament] because it was to be the gospel of the last days— What is a man authorised to tell the world— Why when he finds people that believe— tell them to repent— cease their iniquities and quit it— be bap[tized]— and they shall receive the H. G. [Holy Ghost] No man under the authority of the N T dare preachin any thing else— Men say “preach the gospel to ever[y] creature” do you tell them the spirit shall be poured out & they shall all prophecy. If they do not they preach another kingdom <gospel> and not the gospel of the Kingdom—
Here he was fatigued and had to cease
said he was requested to say by Pres Smith that the solemn ordinance of baptism will be attended to during intermission At 2 o clock Prest J. Smith will deliver s funeral address
Choir sung an Hymn.
During intermission 35 were baptised
At 2 P. M. said he wanted to speak something about the — We want 200,000 Shingles. Shall resume the works on the immediately— All who have not paid their tithing come on and do it. Want provisions, Money Lumber &c. Dont want any more old guns or watches. He thought sometime ago he would get up a small subscription so that the sisters might do something— In consequence of some misunderstanding it had not gone on as at first. was a matter of his own— not as tithing— gave a privilege to any to pay one cent a week— or 50 cts in the year— He wanted it by next fall to buy nails and glass. Difficult to get money. A great many littles make a great deal. The poor can help in this way Took the responsibility upon himself and called again upon the sain sisters— 2000 subscribers will get 1000 dollars— have sent that subscription to and to the branches [p. 7 ]