Discourse, 30 July 1840, as Reported by John Smith

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Joseph said that inasmuch as the will leave of speaking Evil of one another and not speake Evil of the which <​is​> Speaking Evil of the ar[c]hangel or the holy which he held and the Archangel and if the would ceace from these Bickerings and murmuring and be of one mind the Lord would Visiting them with health and Every needed good for said he this is the Voice of the Spirit. furthermore <​if​> the Saints are sick or have Sickness in their Families [p. [2]] and the do not prevail every family should [get] Power by fasting and prayer and with oil and continue So to Do their their sick shall all be healed this also is the voice of the Spirit [p. [3]]


  1. 1

    See Ephesians 4:31; and Revelation, 9 Feb. 1831 [D&C 42:27].  

  2. 2

    Echoing language in the Epistle of Jude, JS earlier referred to Michael as “the archangel.” Michael, according to JS, was the biblical figure Adam. In July 1839, JS explained, “The Priesthood was. first given To Adam: he obtained the first Presidency & held the Keys of it, from genration to Generation; he obtained it in the creation before the world was formed as in Gen. 1, 26:28,— he had dominion given him over every living Creature. He is Michael, the Archangel, spoken of in the Scriptures. . . . The Keys have to be brought from heaven whenever the Gospel is sent.— When they are revealed from Heaven it is by Adams Authority.” (Jude 1:9; Discourse, between ca. 26 June and ca. 4 Aug. 1839–A, underlining in original; see also Revelation, 27–28 Dec. 1832 [D&C 88:112]; Instruction on Priesthood, between ca. 1 Mar. and ca. 4 May 1835 [D&C 107:54]; and JS, to “the Church,” 6 Sept. 1842.)  

  3. 3

    See Romans 15:6.  

  4. 4

    During this period, JS was concerned about the Saints criticizing one another and the church’s leadership. In July 1840, he wrote to Oliver Granger, who was then serving as the church’s presiding authority in Kirtland, Ohio, that “in order to conduct the affairs of the kingdom in righteousness it is all important, that the most perfect harmony kind feeling, good understanding and confidence should exist in the hearts of all the brethren. and that true Charity— love one towards another, should characterize all their proceedings.” JS was also concerned with being the object of the Saints’ criticism, as had recently been the case in Kirtland and Far West, Missouri. He told Granger that he had frequently “been envied in his office by such characters who endeavoured to raise themselves to power at my expense, and seeing it impossible to do so, resorted to foul slander and abuse and other means to effect my overthrow.” (Letter to Oliver Granger, between ca. 22 and ca. 28 July 1840.)  

  5. 5

    See James 5:14. Elders had attempted to heal the sick during the previous summer. JS’s journal acknowledged there was “great success” in ministering to the sick in July 1839. According to Joseph Noble’s recollection, however, some elders apparently “administer[ed] the form without the power,” leading JS to rebuke them: “Let the Elders either obtain the power of God to heal the sick, or let them cease to administer the form without the power.” (JS, Journal, 22–23 July 1839; Joseph B. Noble, “Early Scenes in Church History,” Juvenile Instructor, 15 May 1880, 112; see also JS, Journal, 21 July 1839; and Pratt, Autobiography, 325.)  

    Noble, Joseph B. “Early Scenes in Church History.” Juvenile Instructor, 15 May 1880, 112.

    Pratt, Parley P. The Autobiography of Parley Parker Pratt, One of the Twelve Apostles of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, Embracing His Life, Ministry and Travels, with Extracts, in Prose and Verse, from His Miscellaneous Writings. Edited by Parley P. Pratt Jr. New York: Russell Brothers, 1874.