Minutes and Discourses, 6–9 April 1844, as Reported by Thomas Bullock

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Prayer by , after which the Choir sung an hymn. Elder with no ordinary degree of satisfaction felt the privilege that he enjoyed this morning— want of health has kept him in silence for nearly five years.— violence of disease using its influence— seeds of disease &c all combined prostrated him he has come forth from his bed of sickness— for the first time in his character— <​he had not​> come before a conference for the last 5 years— I hardly promise myself lungs to make this congregation hear me— I shall do the best I can and the greatest can do no more— the history of this Church which I have known from its infancy— my text is Behold the Church of <​Jesus​> Christ <​in the last days​>— I can make a text for myself as well as Paul— I recollect in the year 1830 I met the whole <​Church​> of Christ in a little old log house about 20 feet square near Waterloo— <​we​> talked with great confidence and talked big things altho but few— knew 14 years ago that it would be as large to day as it is— we were as big then as we shall ever be. if we did not see this people— we saw it thousands larger— the people thought we were going to upset the government altho we were not enough to man a farm all [illegible] Elders— all the members met in conference in <​a room​> 20 feet square— was put in jail for reading a Book of Mormon— he came to see us— he after came to and said he was a convert— many things were taught, preached, & believed then we knew the whole world would laugh at us— so we concealed ourselves— we had things to say to one another that nobody else knew of— the all nations should flock to it— whole nations born in one day— we talked such big things. we could tell such things for the salvation of men— we were obliged to retire to our secret chambers and commune ourselves with God— <​we have now arrived at the age of 14 &​> can now choose our own Guardian— if we had told them, what our eyes now behold this day— they would not be believed, but the rascals would have shed our blood if we had only told them what we believed— we saw all things pass and repass— here I never could have been here— we were alone. we had to run and hide ourselves from the violence of the mobs. the time has come now, to tell why we did it— we were maturing plans 14 years ago which we can now tell— no secret plans— no combinations— you never would have been here had it not been for the little meetings we had— the cry of false prophet and Imposter would have rolled us— all things were engraved upon the hearts of them— never could be taken out of the heart— it was indelibly engraved— no power could obliterate— it— this was the period when God laid the foundations of the Church of God and laid it firmly— if any man said it was not the work of God I know they lie— some of you who know you have a house how long would it take to make you reason yourself into a believe that— you had no house who will rise or fall— but we know that here is the Church of God and I have authority before God [p. 1]
Prayer by , after which the Choir sung an hymn. Elder with no ordinary degree of satisfaction felt the privilege that he enjoyed this morning— want of health has kept him in silence for nearly five years.— violence of disease using its influence— seeds of disease &c all combined prostrated him he has come forth from his bed of sickness— for the first time in his character— he had not come before a conference for the last 5 years— I hardly promise myself lungs to make this congregation hear me— I shall do the best I can and the greatest can do no more— the history of this Church which I have known from its infancy— my text is Behold the Church of Jesus Christ in the last days— I can make a text for myself as well as Paul— I recollect in the year 1830 I met the whole Church of Christ in a little old log house about 20 feet square near Waterloo— we talked with great confidence and talked big things altho but few— knew 14 years ago that it would be as large to day as it is— we were as big then as we shall ever be. if we did not see this people— we saw it thousands larger— the people thought we were going to upset the government altho we were not enough to man a farm all Elders— all the members met in conference in a room 20 feet square— was put in jail for reading a Book of Mormon— he came to see us— he after came to and said he was a convert— many things were taught, preached, & believed then we knew the whole world would laugh at us— so we concealed ourselves— we had things to say to one another that nobody else knew of— all nations should flock to it— whole nations born in one day— we talked such big things. we could tell such things for the salvation of men— we were obliged to retire to our secret chambers and commune ourselves with God— we have now arrived at the age of 14 & can now choose our own Guardian— if we had told them, what our eyes now behold this day— they would not be believed, but the rascals would have shed our blood if we had only told them what we believed— we saw all things pass and repass— here I never could have been here— we were alone. we had to run and hide ourselves from the violence of the mobs. the time has come now, to tell why we did it— we were maturing plans 14 years ago which we can now tell— no secret plans— no combinations— you never would have been here had it not been for the little meetings we had— the cry of false prophet and Imposter would have rolled us— all things were engraved upon the hearts of them— never could be taken out of the heart— it was indelibly engraved— no power could obliterate— it— this was the period when God laid the foundations of the Church of God and laid it firmly— if any man said it was not the work of God I know they lie— some of you who know you have a house how long would it take to make you reason yourself into a believe that— you had no house who will rise or fall— but we know that here is the Church of God and I have authority before God [p. 1]
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