Discourse, 28 April 1842, as Reported by John McEwan

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Instructions delivered by Prest. Joseph Smith  before the Female Releif Society of . Ap 28. 1842
Prest. J. Smith arose and called the attention of the meeting  to the 12th. Chap. 1st. Corinth.. “Now concerning spiritual gifts” &c,  said that the passage which reads “no man can say Jesus is  the christ but by the Holy Ghost”, should be translated, no  man can know. &c,
He contind. to read the chapter & give instructions re specting the different offices, & the necessity of every individu al acting in the sphere allotted him or her, & filling the several  offices to which they were appointed— spoke of the disposition  of men, to consider the lower offices in the church dishonorable  & to look with jealous eyes upon the standing of others, that  it was the nonsense of the human heart, for a person to be aspiring  to other stations than appointed of God— that it was better  for individuals to magnify their respective callings, & wait  patiently till God shall say to them to come up higher,  He said the reason of these remarks being made, was, that  some little thing was circulating in the Society, that some  persons were not going right in laying hands on the sick &c,  said if he had common sympathies, would rejoice that the  sick could be healed, that the time had not been before that  these things could be in their proper order that the church  is not now organized into its proper order & cannot be until  the temple is completed—— Pres Smith continued the  subject by adverting [referring?] to the commision given to the ancient apos tles “Go ye into all the world &c”— no matter who beleiveth;  these signs, such as healing the sick, casting out devils &c,  should follow all that beleive wether male or female.  He asked the society if they could not see by this sweeping  stroke that wherein they are ordained it is the privilege  of those set apart to administer in that authority which is  conferred on them & if the sisters should. have faith to  heal the sick, let all hold their tongues, and let every thing  roll on.
He said if God has appointed him, & chosen him as  an instrument to lead the church, why not let him lead  it through? why stand in the way, when he is appointed to  do a thing? Who knows the Mind of God? Does he not [p. [175]]
Instructions delivered by Prest. Joseph Smith before the Female Releif Society of . Ap 28. 1842
Prest. J. Smith arose and called the attention of the meeting to the 12th. Chap. 1st. Corinth.. “Now concerning spiritual gifts” &c, said that the passage which reads “no man can say Jesus is the christ but by the Holy Ghost”, should be translated, no man can know. &c,
He contind. to read the chapter & give instructions respecting the different offices, & the necessity of every individual acting in the sphere allotted him or her, & filling the several offices to which they were appointed— spoke of the disposition of men, to consider the lower offices in the church dishonorable & to look with jealous eyes upon the standing of others, that it was the nonsense of the human heart, for a person to be aspiring to other stations than appointed of God— that it was better for individuals to magnify their respective callings, & wait patiently till God shall say to them to come up higher, He said the reason of these remarks being made, was, that some little thing was circulating in the Society, that some persons were not going right in laying hands on the sick &c, said if he had common sympathies, would rejoice that the sick could be healed, that the time had not been before that these things could be in their proper order that the church is not now organized into its proper order & cannot be until the temple is completed—— Pres Smith continued the subject by adverting referring? to the commision given to the ancient apostles “Go ye into all the world &c”— no matter who beleiveth; these signs, such as healing the sick, casting out devils &c, should follow all that beleive wether male or female. He asked the society if they could not see by this sweeping stroke that wherein they are ordained it is the privilege of those set apart to administer in that authority which is conferred on them & if the sisters should. have faith to heal the sick, let all hold their tongues, and let every thing roll on.
He said if God has appointed him, & chosen him as an instrument to lead the church, why not let him lead it through? why stand in the way, when he is appointed to do a thing? Who knows the Mind of God? Does he not [p. [175]]
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