Discourse, 6 April 1843–B, as Reported by Willard Richards

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I want the Elders to make hono[ra]ble proclamati[o]n abroad [p. [64]] what the feelings of the presidency are,— I despise a theif above ground. He would betray me <​if he could get the oppetinity [opportunity]​> if I were the biggest rogue in the world, he would steal my horse when I wanted to run away. <​then​> read prloclamatin [proclamation] of the Mayor on stealing. dated 25. day March 1843.— “Wasp.” No. 48[th]— many observati[o]n confirmatory & said, enough Said. for this conference on this Subject.—
Elders had have a privilige to appeal from any decision of a branch. to know if they shall retain their office or membership—
necessary I explain concerni[n]g it is known that the has granted a writ. for me. on affidav[i]t [p. [65]] of .— he still holds that writ as a cudgel over my head. (U. S. Atttorney told me all writs issued thus were legally dead.)— I said that is a stumper & I will shew them a trick the Devil never did. <​that is​> leave them. every man who wishes to out economically. with regard to futurity.— let them come over here as soon as they can settle their affairs without sacrifice let them come & we will protect them & let that governme[n]t know that we don’t like to be imposed upon.—
about the first of August 1842 came to my house. put on a long face. said he was in distress. about to loose $1400 for <​a debt of​> 300 at sheriffs [p. [66]] sale. <​said he the​> sale takes place to-morrow.— I have money in . . . — next morning he called. I did not like the looks of him. <​but thought I​> he is a stranger. I have been a stranger, &. better loose 200 than be guilty of sin of ingratitude. took his note. on demand. <​the​> day I was taken I asked him from [for?] the money.— you ought to have it <​said he but​> I have not got my mony from .— I have a curious plan in my mind. I will give you a deed of the land you bought of & <​your notes to​> s notes which I have as his agent” I, said Joseph, have not asked you for your property. & would not give a snap. <​for it.​>— but I will accept your offer. but want my money— <​Said he I will give you deed.​> 1/2 my land in the) [p. [67]] state.) <​&​> he gave me deeds. & I got them recorded.— he calld for some more favors. & I let him have some cloths— <​to the amount of​> 6 or 7 hundrd dollars. I have offerd this land to many, who if they would go to settle there but nobody will go.— <​I agre[e]d​> if I found he owned as much as he pretended I would give my influence to build up . . <​is his name he has got almost​> most $1100 <​from me,​> he looks exactly like a woodchuck, & talks like a woodchuck on a stump with a chaw of tobacco. <​in his mouth.​> he tried to git his hands to steal a stove from near my stove & carry it off on the boat raft, he is a thief.— My advice is, [p. [68]] if they choose, <​to​> come away from . and not go there more. I am not so much of a christian as many suppose I am. when a man undertakes to ride me. I am apt to thud <​kick​> him off & ride him.—
I would’nt b[u]y property in the . I considerd it stooping to accept it a <​as a​> gift.—
<​I wish to speak of the​>—— 1/2 breed lands opposite this. city. 1/2 breed land.— 1/2 breed land.— and every man there who is not 1/2 breed had better come away. & in a little time we will call them all 1/2 breed.— I wish we could swap some of our 1/2 breeds here for <​the 1/2 breeds who​> lives there. I will give you a key, if any <​one​> will growls tomorrow you will know him to be a 1/2 breed.— [p. [69]] My opinion is the Legislature have done well in giving the best tittle to settlers. & squatter.—
Those who have deeds to those islands from the of . have as good titles as any, but the settlers under <​the​> Laws of . Legislature & chancery of . <​are​> at variance.
I believe it a fine of swindli[n]g from by. court of Chancery.—
said those Islands dont belong to any body, <​they were​> throon [thrown] out of survey.— hence no man had a claim, <​& it was​> so considerd; when I came here.—
my advice to the Mormons, who have deed & possessions, <​is​> fight it out. you who have no deeds or possessi[o]ns, let them [p. [70]] alone.— touch not a stick of their timber.—
Deeds given by court of . warrents & defends again[s]t all unlawful claims.— It is a 1/2 breed, it an anomaly, without form & void, a nondescript. if they have your note. let them come here & sue you then you can carry up your case to the highest court.— so long as the Laws have a shadow of tittle, it is not right for the Mormons to go & carry away the wood In the name of the Lord God, I forbid any man from using any observati[o]ns of mine, to rob— the land of wood.——
has had been tried & had fellowship withdrawn <​by the chu[r]ch​> at . [Iowa Territory] [p. [71]]
<​The question has been asked​>
can a member not belonging to the chu[r]ch bring a member before the high council, for trial? I answer No! I ask no jurisdiction. <​in religious matters​> I merely give my opinion when asked. If there was any feelings at because I gave my opniones [opinions], there is no occasion for it. I only advice the breth[r]en to come from , & they may do as they please. <​about coming.​> If I had not actually got into this work, & been called of God, I would back out . . . but I cannot back out,— I have no doubt of the truth. were I going to prophecy. I would procpesy [prophesy] the end will not come in 1844. or 5— or 6. or 40 years more [p. [72]] there are those of the rising generation who shall not taste death till christ come.
<​I was once praying earnestly upon this subject. and a voice said unto me.​> My son, if thou livest till thou art 85 years of age, thou shalt see the face of the son of man. . . . <​I was left to draw my own conclusions concerni[n]g this &,​> I took the liberty to conclude that if I did live till that time Jesus <​he​> would make his appearance.— <​but I do not say whether he will make his appeara[n]ce, or I shall go where he is.—​>
I prophecy in the name of the Lord God.— & let it be written. <​that the​> Son of Man will not come in the heavns till I am 85. years old
48 years hence or about 1890.—
<​then Re[a]d​> 14 Rev— 6 verse another angel [p. [73]] fly in the midst of heaven; for the hour of his Judgmnt is come.— to exterminati[o]n— from the commenceme[n]t. commence when angel commences preachi[n]g this. gospel <​1 day— 1000 years—​>. 1000 year as 1 day.— 41. yrs 8 months.— only 6 years from the voice, saying, if thou live till thou art 85,— <​years old &c​>
Hosea 6th chapter after 2 days &c, 2520 years which— bri[n]gs it to 1890.— says 45 years according <​to​>— bible recokoning.
the coming of the Son of man never will be, never can be till the judgm[en]ts spoken of for this <​hour​> are poured out, <​which Jud[g]ments are commenced.—​>
Paul says ye are th[e] children of the light & not of the darkness, that that day [p. [74]] should not overtake us as a theif in the night.— it is not the design of the Almighty to come upon the Earth & crush it, & grind it to powder.— he will reveal it to his servants the prophets. <​O what wondrous wise men there are going about & braying like​> (other[s] talk like an ass. cry
<​O, lord, where—​> Joe Smith.— Joe Smith.— &c <​whare—​> <​O.​> away up on the top of the top less throne aha. <​&c—​>
— <​must be​> rebuilt. <​Judah return. must return​> & the timple— water come out from under the temple— the <​waters of the​> dead sea be heald.— <​it will take​> some time to build the walls & the temple. &c & all <​this must be done before—​>
Son of Man <​will make his appence [appearance]​>. wars & rumours of wars. signs in the heavens above on the earth beneath— sun turnd into [p. [75]] darkness. moon to blood. earthquakes in divers places, oceans heaving beyond their bounds.— <​then​> one grand sign of the Son of the son of man in heaven.— but what will the world. do? they will say it is a planet. a comet. &c— conseq[u]ently the son of man will come as the sign of coming of the son of man. <​is​> as the light of the morni[n]g cometh out of the East.— [p. [76]]