Discourse, 6 May 1838
- Source Note
In worship meetings held in , Missouri, on Sunday, 6 May 1838, JS delivered two discourses, the first of which is featured here. Both discourses were summarized by in the 6 May entry he made in JS’s journal. In reporting on the first discourse, Robinson apparently attempted to capture some of JS’s words. According to the summary of this discourse, JS advised the Saints against forming hasty judgments. This instruction was apparently motivated in part by a speech that an office-seeking politician had delivered to church members the previous day. Robinson provided less detail about the content of the second discourse, stating only that JS “dwelt some upon the Subject of Wisdom, & upon the . &c.” Robinson noted that JS delivered the second discourse in “the after part of the day,” suggesting that JS gave the first discourse in the morning. Robinson likely attended JS’s morning discourse and reported on it from personal observation—his general method for making entries in the journal. He made daily entries in the journal from late April through mid-May, suggesting that he inscribed this report of JS’s discourses on or within a few days after 6 May 1838.
(aJS, Journal, 5 May 1838; Shoemaker, Missouri and Missourians, 1:412; Encyclopedia of the History of Missouri, 6:484.bHolt, Rise and Fall of the American Whig Party, 2–3; “The Election,” Northern Times, 2 Oct. 1835, ; see also “Extract of a Letter to the Editor of the Telegraph,” Painesville [OH] Telegraph, 17 Apr. 1835, .cJS, Journal, 7 May 1838.dJS, Journal, 10 May 1838.)
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