History, 1838–1856, volume B-1 [1 September 1834–2 November 1838]

  • Source Note
  • Historical Introduction
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Darkness prevails, at this time, as it was at the time Jesus <​November 12 Joseph’s address to the Twelve.​> Christ was about to be crucified, the powers of darkness strove to obscure the glorious Son of Righteousness that began to dawn upon the world, and was soon to burst in great blessings upon the heads of the faithful; and let me tell you, brethren, that great blessings await us at this time, and will soon be poured out upon us. if we are faithful in all things, for we are even entitled to greater blessings than they were, because they had the person of christ with them, to instruct them in the great plan of salvation. His personal presence we have not, therefore we have need of great faith on account of our peculiar circumstances, and I am determined to do all that I can to uphold you, although I may do many things inadvetantly that are not right in the sight of God. You want to know many things that are before you, that you may know how to prepare yourselves for the great things that God is about to bring to pass; but there is one great deficiency or obstruction in the way, that deprives us of the greater blessings, and in order to make the foundation of this church complete and permanent, we must remove this obstruction, which is to attend to certain duties that we have not as yet attended to. I supposed I had established this church on a permanent foundation when I went to , and indeed I did so far if I had been taken away it would have been enough: but I yet live, and therefore God requires more at my hands. The item to which I wish the more particularly to call your attention to night, is the ordinance of washing of feet. This we have not done as yet, but it is necessary now, as much as it was in the days of the Savior, and we must have a place prepared, that we may attend to this ordinance aside from the world. We have not desired much from the hand of the Lord with that faith and obedience that we ought, yet we have enjoyed great blessings, and we are not so sensible of this as we should be. When or where has God suffered one of the witnesses or first elders of this church to fall? Never, nor no-where. Amidst all the calamities and judgments that have befallen the inhabitants of the earth his Almighty arm has sustained us, men and Devils have raged and spent their malice in vain.
We must have all things prepared and call our [HC 2:308] solemn assembly as the Lord has commanded us, that we may be enabled able to accomplish his great work, and it must be done in God’s own way. The must be prepared, and the Solemn Assembly called and organized in it according to the order of the house of God, and in it we must attend to the ordinance of washing of feet. It was never intended for any but official members: it is calculated to unite our hearts, that we may be one in feeling and [p. 640]
Darkness prevails, at this time, as it was at the time Jesus November 12 Joseph’s address to the Twelve. Christ was about to be crucified, the powers of darkness strove to obscure the glorious Son of Righteousness that began to dawn upon the world, and was soon to burst in great blessings upon the heads of the faithful; and let me tell you, brethren, that great blessings await us at this time, and will soon be poured out upon us. if we are faithful in all things, for we are even entitled to greater blessings than they were, because they had the person of christ with them, to instruct them in the great plan of salvation. His personal presence we have not, therefore we have need of great faith on account of our peculiar circumstances, and I am determined to do all that I can to uphold you, although I may do many things inadvetantly that are not right in the sight of God. You want to know many things that are before you, that you may know how to prepare yourselves for the great things that God is about to bring to pass; but there is one great deficiency or obstruction in the way, that deprives us of the greater blessings, and in order to make the foundation of this church complete and permanent, we must remove this obstruction, which is to attend to certain duties that we have not as yet attended to. I supposed I had established this church on a permanent foundation when I went to , and indeed I did so far if I had been taken away it would have been enough: but I yet live, and therefore God requires more at my hands. The item to which I wish the more particularly to call your attention to night, is the ordinance of washing of feet. This we have not done as yet, but it is necessary now, as much as it was in the days of the Savior, and we must have a place prepared, that we may attend to this ordinance aside from the world. We have not desired much from the hand of the Lord with that faith and obedience that we ought, yet we have enjoyed great blessings, and we are not so sensible of this as we should be. When or where has God suffered one of the witnesses or first elders of this church to fall? Never, nor no-where. Amidst all the calamities and judgments that have befallen the inhabitants of the earth his Almighty arm has sustained us, men and Devils have raged and spent their malice in vain.
We must have all things prepared and call our [HC 2:308] solemn assembly as the Lord has commanded us, that we may be able to accomplish his great work, and it must be done in God’s own way. The must be prepared, and the Solemn Assembly called and organized in it according to the order of the house of God, and in it we must attend to the ordinance of washing of feet. It was never intended for any but official members: it is calculated to unite our hearts, that we may be one in feeling and [p. 640]
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