History, 1838–1856, volume A-1 [23 December 1805–30 August 1834]

  • Source Note
  • Historical Introduction
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none of which was more awful <than> the continued spread of the asiatic cholera in Europe, which had already swept from the earth, in the short space of 15 years about sixty millions of inhabitants. See Evening and Morning Star, April, 1833.”
13 April 1833 • Saturday
Brother presented a letter, which he had received from his , into my me hand and requested me to answer it, which I did as follows;
April 13, 1833,
Dear ; your letter to is just put into my hand, and I have carefully perused its contents, and embrace this opportunity to answer it. We proceed to answer your questions: first concerning your labor in the region where you live; we acquiesce in your feelings on this subject untill the mouth of the Lord shall name; and, as it respects the visions you speak of we do not consider ourselves bound to receive any revelation from any one man or woman without their being legally constituted and to that authority, and giving sufficient proof of it.
I will inform you that it is contrary to the econemy of God for any member of the , or any one, to receive instruction for those in authority, higher than themselves, therefore you will see the impropriety of giving heed to them: but if any have a vision or a visitation from a heavenly messenger, it must be for their own benefit, and instruction, for the fundamental principles, government, and doctrine of the church are vested in the of the kingdom. As it respects an apostate, or one who has been cut off from the church, and wishes to come in again, the law of our church expressly says that such shall repent, and be , and be admitted as at the first.
The duty of a is to administer in spiritual and holy things, and to hold communion with God; but not to exercise monarchial government, or to appoint meetings for the , without their consent. And again it is the high priests’ duty to be better qualified to teach principles and doctrines, than the [p. 285]
none of which was more awful than the continued spread of the asiatic cholera in Europe, which had already swept from the earth, in the short space of 15 years about sixty millions of inhabitants. See Evening and Morning Star, April, 1833.”
13 April 1833 • Saturday
Brother presented a letter, which he had received from his , to me and requested me to answer it, which I did as follows;
April 13, 1833,
Dear ; your letter to is just put into my hand, and I have carefully perused its contents, and embrace this opportunity to answer it. We proceed to answer your questions: first concerning your labor in the region where you live; we acquiesce in your feelings on this subject untill the mouth of the Lord shall name; and, as it respects the vision you speak of we do not consider ourselves bound to receive any revelation from any one man or woman without their being legally constituted and to that authority, and giving sufficient proof of it.
I will inform you that it is contrary to the econemy of God for any member of the , or any one, to receive instruction for those in authority, higher than themselves, therefore you will see the impropriety of giving heed to them: but if any have a vision or a visitation from a heavenly messenger, it must be for their own benefit, and instruction, for the fundamental principles, government, and doctrine of the church are vested in the of the kingdom. As it respects an apostate, or one who has been cut off from the church, and wishes to come in again, the law of our church expressly says that such shall repent, and be , and be admitted as at the first.
The duty of a is to administer in spiritual and holy things, and to hold communion with God; but not to exercise monarchial government, or to appoint meetings for the , without their consent. And again it is the high priests’ duty to be better qualified to teach principles and doctrines, than the [p. 285]
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