Discourse, 12 August 1838

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  • Historical Introduction

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The Prophet exhorted the [p. 32] brethren to be of good cheer, and not to be “scared at trifles,” “that he would tell them when danger was near—that at present he did not even anticipate such a thing—for us to hold ourselves in readiness at a moment’s warning, well armed and equipped, to go down to Carroll county and rescue , who is in a suffering condition; and that they must expect to endure trials there.” [p. 33]


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    See, for example, Mark 6:50; John 16:33; Acts 27:22; Book of Mormon, 1830 ed., 453 [3 Nephi 1:13]; and Revelation, 1 Nov. 1831–A [D&C 68:6].  

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    JS may have been drawing from “The Hunters of Kentucky,” a popular song celebrating Andrew Jackson and the American victory over the British in the 1815 Battle of New Orleans. The song reported: “Jackson he was wide awake, / And wasn’t scared at trifles, / For well he knew what aim we take / With our Kentucky rifles.” (“The Hunters of Kentucky,” in Burton, Burton’s Comic Songster, 52.)  

    Burton, W. E., ed. Burton’s Comic Songster: Being Entirely a New Collection of Original and Popular Songs, as Sung by Mr. Burton, Mr. Tyrone Power, Mr. John Reeve, Mr. Hadaway, &c. &c. Philadelphia: James Kay Jr. and Brother, 1837.

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    Following the 12 August worship meeting at Adam-ondi-Ahman, the First Presidency proceeded to the Mormon settlement at the “forks of Grand river.” After a worship service held at Anson Call’s home, JS spoke privately with some of the men in the settlement. Years later, Call recounted that JS instructed them to relocate to Adam-ondi-Ahman or Far West because “there was going to be difficulties.” (JS, Journal, 12 Aug. 1838; Call, Autobiography, 10.)  

    Call, Anson. Autobiography and Journal, ca. 1857–1883. CHL. MS 313.

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    JS and the high council in Far West had sent Hinkle to settle De Witt, downriver from Adam-ondi-Ahman at the confluence of the Grand and Missouri rivers. Charles Hales, a Latter-day Saint living in De Witt, later wrote that Hinkle served as the “president of the Branch.” The First Presidency intended to establish a stake of Zion in De Witt. (Murdock, Autobiography, 37; “Biographies of the Seventies of the Second Quorum,” 208; Letter to Stephen Post, 17 Sept. 1838; Reed Peck, Quincy, IL, to “Dear Friends,” 18 Sept. 1839, pp. 20–21, Henry E. Huntington Library, San Marino, CA; see also Rockwood, Journal, 14 Oct. 1838.)  

    Murdock, John. Autobiography, ca. 1859–1867. John Murdock, Journal and Autobiography, ca. 1830–1867. CHL. MS 1194, fd. 4.

    “Biographies of the Seventies of the Second Quorum,” 1845–1855. In Seventies Quorum Records, 1844–1975. CHL. CR 499.

    Peck, Reed. Letter, Quincy, IL, to “Dear Friends,” 18 Sept. 1839. Henry E. Huntington Library, San Marino, CA.

    Rockwood, Albert Perry. Journal Entries, Oct. 1838–Jan. 1839. Photocopy. CHL. MS 2606.