History, 1838–1856, volume C-1 [2 November 1838–31 July 1842]

  • Source Note
  • Historical Introduction
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<​April. 7​> President Joseph Smith then arose and stated that it was wrong to make the Covenant referred to by him; that it created a lack of confidence for two men to covenant to reveal all acts of secrecy or otherwise to each other— and showed a little Grannyism. He said that no two men when they agreed to go together ought to separate, that the prophets of old would not and quoted the circumstance of Elijah and Elisha 2nd. Kings, 2nd. chapter when about to go to Gilgal, also when about to go to Jericho, and to Jordan, that Elisha could not get clear of Elijah, that he clung to his garment until he was taken to heaven, and that should have stuck by , and he might have gone to , that there is nothing very bad in it, but by the experience let us profit; again the Lord made use of as a scape goat to procure funds for . When returns we will re-consider the matter, and perhaps send them back to , we will fellowship until comes, and we will then weld them together and make them one. A vote was then put, and carried that we hold in full fellowship. Voted that be sent to . Sung a hymn— adjourned for one hour and a half, at one o’clock.
Met agreeable to adjournment— Choir sung a hymn— Prayer by Elder — Elder called to know if there were any present of the rough and weak things, who wished to be ordained, and go, and preach, who have not been before ordained. Elder then addressed those who intended to be ordained, on the subject of their duty and requirements to go to preach. President spoke concerning the elders who went forth to preach from , and were afterwards called in for the washing and anointing at the dedication of the , and those who go now will be called in also, when this is about to be dedicated, and will then be endowed to go forth with mighty power having the same anointing, that all may go forth and have the same power, the first, second, and so on, of the Seventies and all those formerly ordained. This will be an important and beneficial mission, and not many years until those now sent will be called in again. He then spoke in contradiction of a report in circulation about Elder<​s​> , , himself, and others of the Twelve, alleging that a Sister had been shut in <​a​> <​a​> room for several day’s, and that they had endeavored to induce her to believe in having two wives. Also cautioned the Sisters against going to the Steam Boats. [HC 4:585] President Joseph Smith spoke upon the subject of the Stories respecting and others showing the folly and inconsistency of spending any time in conversing about such stories or hearkening to them, for there is no person that is acquainted with our principles would believe such lies, except the editor of the “Warsaw Signal.” Baptisms for the dead, and for the healing of the body must be in the font, those coming into the Church, and those rebaptized may be done in the river. A box should be prepared for the use of the font, that the clerk may be paid and a book procured by the monies to be put therein by those baptized, the remainder to go to the use of the . Sung a hymn. Ordinations to take place tomorrow morning, Baptisms in the font also— There were 275 ordained to the office of Elder under the hands of the Twelve during the Conference. [p. 1315]
April. 7 President Joseph Smith then arose and stated that it was wrong to make the Covenant referred to by him; that it created a lack of confidence for two men to covenant to reveal all acts of secrecy or otherwise to each other— and showed a little Grannyism. He said that no two men when they agreed to go together ought to separate, that the prophets of old would not and quoted the circumstance of Elijah and Elisha 2nd. Kings, 2nd. chapter when about to go to Gilgal, also when about to go to Jericho, and to Jordan, that Elisha could not get clear of Elijah, that he clung to his garment until he was taken to heaven, and that should have stuck by , and he might have gone to , that there is nothing very bad in it, but by the experience let us profit; again the Lord made use of as a scape goat to procure funds for . When returns we will re-consider the matter, and perhaps send them back to , we will fellowship until comes, and we will then weld them together and make them one. A vote was then put, and carried that we hold in full fellowship. Voted that be sent to . Sung a hymn— adjourned for one hour and a half, at one o’clock.
Met agreeable to adjournment— Choir sung a hymn— Prayer by Elder — Elder called to know if there were any present of the rough and weak things, who wished to be ordained, and go, and preach, who have not been before ordained. Elder then addressed those who intended to be ordained, on the subject of their duty and requirements to go to preach. President spoke concerning the elders who went forth to preach from , and were afterwards called in for the washing and anointing at the dedication of the , and those who go now will be called in also, when this is about to be dedicated, and will then be endowed to go forth with mighty power having the same anointing, that all may go forth and have the same power, the first, second, and so on, of the Seventies and all those formerly ordained. This will be an important and beneficial mission, and not many years until those now sent will be called in again. He then spoke in contradiction of a report in circulation about Elders , , himself, and others of the Twelve, alleging that a Sister had been shut in a room for several day’s, and that they had endeavored to induce her to believe in having two wives. Also cautioned the Sisters against going to the Steam Boats. [HC 4:585] President Joseph Smith spoke upon the subject of the Stories respecting and others showing the folly and inconsistency of spending any time in conversing about such stories or hearkening to them, for there is no person that is acquainted with our principles would believe such lies, except the editor of the “Warsaw Signal.” Baptisms for the dead, and for the healing of the body must be in the font, those coming into the Church, and those rebaptized may be done in the river. A box should be prepared for the use of the font, that the clerk may be paid and a book procured by the monies to be put therein by those baptized, the remainder to go to the use of the . Sung a hymn. Ordinations to take place tomorrow morning, Baptisms in the font also— There were 275 ordained to the office of Elder under the hands of the Twelve during the Conference. [p. 1315]
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