Times and Seasons, 15 September 1842

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dry up his tear, that he should have all the desires of his heart: and that if he would go to bed and rest, he should be comforted over his sick daughter, for in the morning she should be getting better, and should get well. That the Lord had said unto her, because that her had dedicated her to God, and prayed to him for her, that he would give her back again. This ceremony of dedicating and praying, took place when she was struggling in death, and continued to the very moment of her departure; and she says the Lord told her, that it was because of this that that she must go back again, though she herself desired to stay.
She said concerning , as he had denied the faith, the Lord had taken away one of his eye-teeth, and unless he repented, he would take away another. And concerning , that he was a wicked man, and that the Lord would tread him under his feet. Such is a small portion of what she related.
observed, that there had been many idle tales and reports abroad concerning him, stating that he had denied the faith, but he would take the opportunity to state that his faith was and had been unshaken in the truth. It has also been rumored that I believe that Joseph Smith is a fallen prophet:—In regard to this, I unequivocally state, that I never thought so—but declare that I know he is a prophet of the Lord, called and chosen in this last dispensation, to roll on the kingdom of God for the last time.
He closed by saying, as it regards his religion, he had no controversy with the world, having an incontrovertible evidence, that through the obedience to the ordinances of the religion he now believes, the Lord had actually given back his daughter from the dead.— No person need therefore come to reason with him, to convince him of error, or make him believe another religion, unless those who profess it, can show that through obedience to its laws, the dead has been and can be raised;—if it has no such power, it would be insulting his feelings to ask him to reason about it. And if it had it would be no better than the one he had, and so he had done with controversy—wherefore, he dealt in facts, and not in theory.
 
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TO THE SAINTS ABROAD.
“And this stone, which I have set a pillar, shall be God’s house: and of all that thou givest me, I will surely give the tenth unto thee.” Gen. 28:22.
We have placed this text at the head of this article, to stir up the minds of the Saints abroad, by way of remembrance, that the of God at is still in progress, for the salvation of the living and the dead; that winter, in its ordinary coldness is approaching; and that the laborers upon the will need clothes to continue the work, wherefore, we, whose hearts are warmed by the spirit of God, feel to call upon the saints abroad, in humility and meekness, to show their faith by their works, and if they believe in the God of Jacob, to be sure and give as much for “God’s house” as did that pilgrim of the former days.
Many brethren here, instead of a “tenth,” labor almost continually upon the , and where is the charity of the churches abroad if they neglect to furnish clothing, against the chilly winds of winter? Do ye not know that Paul said to Timothy:—Now the end of the commandment is charity, out of a pure heart, and a good conscience, and faith unfeigned. What a joy and gratification it must be to the saints, who possess such principles as Paul, and have this world’s goods, to have a chance to manifest their love of the commandments and brethren, by sending cloth, clothes, or means that will bring them. Remember, brethren, that beautiful expression, “the laborer is worthy of his hire.”
When abroad among the churches, the elders tell us, that many say that “they would gladly labor their tenth, if they were here” Now, how much like lively members in the church of our blessed Redeemer, it will be, to send a tenth of your labors from home, as a reasonable portion, dedicated to the great work of the Lord in the last days. We do not wish to be always calling upon the brethren abroad to help us, it looks so much more virtuous, charitable, and God-like, for them to do of their own free will and accord. The reward of the faithful is great: the generation to come will rise up and call them blessed,—even so, blessed is the name of the Lord, and he that keepeth his commandments.
We would also say a word in favor of the ; for that building is going on by revelation, and we desire that those who are able should help in this as well as the . Brethren, come over from Macedonia and help us. The kingdom is the Lord’s, and for every good deed you do you shall in no wise lose your reward.
 
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’S CONCORDANCE.
A manual synopsis of the holy scriptures, in the order of a concordance, and an appendix of ecclesistical history, for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, has recently been published by Elder , in the city of . It contains 256 pages in small [p. 923]
dry up his tear, that he should have all the desires of his heart: and that if he would go to bed and rest, he should be comforted over his sick daughter, for in the morning she should be getting better, and should get well. That the Lord had said unto her, because that her had dedicated her to God, and prayed to him for her, that he would give her back again. This ceremony of dedicating and praying, took place when she was struggling in death, and continued to the very moment of her departure; and she says the Lord told her, that it was because of this that that she must go back again, though she herself desired to stay.
She said concerning , as he had denied the faith, the Lord had taken away one of his eye-teeth, and unless he repented, he would take away another. And concerning , that he was a wicked man, and that the Lord would tread him under his feet. Such is a small portion of what she related.
observed, that there had been many idle tales and reports abroad concerning him, stating that he had denied the faith, but he would take the opportunity to state that his faith was and had been unshaken in the truth. It has also been rumored that I believe that Joseph Smith is a fallen prophet:—In regard to this, I unequivocally state, that I never thought so—but declare that I know he is a prophet of the Lord, called and chosen in this last dispensation, to roll on the kingdom of God for the last time.
He closed by saying, as it regards his religion, he had no controversy with the world, having an incontrovertible evidence, that through the obedience to the ordinances of the religion he now believes, the Lord had actually given back his daughter from the dead.— No person need therefore come to reason with him, to convince him of error, or make him believe another religion, unless those who profess it, can show that through obedience to its laws, the dead has been and can be raised;—if it has no such power, it would be insulting his feelings to ask him to reason about it. And if it had it would be no better than the one he had, and so he had done with controversy—wherefore, he dealt in facts, and not in theory.
 
————
TO THE SAINTS ABROAD.
“And this stone, which I have set a pillar, shall be God’s house: and of all that thou givest me, I will surely give the tenth unto thee.” Gen. 28:22.
We have placed this text at the head of this article, to stir up the minds of the Saints abroad, by way of remembrance, that the of God at is still in progress, for the salvation of the living and the dead; that winter, in its ordinary coldness is approaching; and that the laborers upon the will need clothes to continue the work, wherefore, we, whose hearts are warmed by the spirit of God, feel to call upon the saints abroad, in humility and meekness, to show their faith by their works, and if they believe in the God of Jacob, to be sure and give as much for “God’s house” as did that pilgrim of the former days.
Many brethren here, instead of a “tenth,” labor almost continually upon the , and where is the charity of the churches abroad if they neglect to furnish clothing, against the chilly winds of winter? Do ye not know that Paul said to Timothy:—Now the end of the commandment is charity, out of a pure heart, and a good conscience, and faith unfeigned. What a joy and gratification it must be to the saints, who possess such principles as Paul, and have this world’s goods, to have a chance to manifest their love of the commandments and brethren, by sending cloth, clothes, or means that will bring them. Remember, brethren, that beautiful expression, “the laborer is worthy of his hire.”
When abroad among the churches, the elders tell us, that many say that “they would gladly labor their tenth, if they were here” Now, how much like lively members in the church of our blessed Redeemer, it will be, to send a tenth of your labors from home, as a reasonable portion, dedicated to the great work of the Lord in the last days. We do not wish to be always calling upon the brethren abroad to help us, it looks so much more virtuous, charitable, and God-like, for them to do of their own free will and accord. The reward of the faithful is great: the generation to come will rise up and call them blessed,—even so, blessed is the name of the Lord, and he that keepeth his commandments.
We would also say a word in favor of the ; for that building is going on by revelation, and we desire that those who are able should help in this as well as the . Brethren, come over from Macedonia and help us. The kingdom is the Lord’s, and for every good deed you do you shall in no wise lose your reward.
 
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’S CONCORDANCE.
A manual synopsis of the holy scriptures, in the order of a concordance, and an appendix of ecclesistical history, for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, has recently been published by Elder , in the city of . It contains 256 pages in small [p. 923]
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