History, 1838–1856, volume D-1 [1 August 1842–1 July 1843]

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<​April 6​> thing for the land”; and told him I wanted the $200 which <​was​> due me; he made out the deeds and gave them to me, and I got them recorded, and he gave up the notes except a few I then said to , if you go there with the brethren, I will give you the property, but he would not accept it. I then let the same gentleman have some cloth, to the amount of $6. or 700. He began soon after to tell the brethren what obligations I was under to him. I then wrote him a letter on the subject, but I have since found that he is swindling, and that there is no prospect of getting any thing from him. He is owing me about $1100. and I thought it my duty to publish his rascality, that the elders might do the same in that , and prevent the brethren from being imposed upon. He has got a writing to this effect, that if he owned as much as he pretended and did as he said, I would give my influence to build up , and on no other terms. His name is . He took this plan to swindle me out of money, cloth <​lumber​>, &c. I want all the congregation to know it. I was not going to use any influence to have the brethren go to be swindled. My advice is, if they choose, that they come away from and not go there <​any​> more; it is not a good location.
I am not so much a christian as many suppose I am, when a man undertakes to ride me for a horse, I feel disposed to kick up and throw him off and ride him. David did so, and so did Joshua. My only weapon is my tongue. I would not buy property in : I consider it stooping to accept it as a gift. [HC 5:335]
In relation to the , it is best described by its name, it is half breed land, and every wise and judicious person, as soon as he can dispose of his effects, if he is not a half breed, will come away. I wish we could exchange some half breeds, and let them go over the . If there are any that are not good citizens, they will be finding fault to morrow at my remarks, and that is the keyword whereby you may know them. There is a chance in that place for every abomination to be practiced on the innocent, if they go; and I ask forgiveness of all whom I advised to go there. The men who have possession have the best title, all the rest are forms for swindling. I do not wish for the saints to have a quarrel there.
President J. Smith stated that the next business was to settle difficulties where elders have had their licenses taken away; &c or their membership, but whilst they were preparing, if there was any such case, he would talk on other subjects.
The question has been asked, can a <​person​> not belonging to the church, bring a member before the High Council for trial? I answer, No! If I had not actually got into this work, and been called of God, I would back out, but I cannot back out, I have not doubt of the truth. Were I going to Prophecy, I would say the end will not come in 1844, 5 or 6, or 40 years, there are those of the rising generation who shall not taste death ’till Christ comes.
I was once praying earnestly upon this subject, and a voice said unto me, ‘My Son if thou livest until thou are 85 years of age, thou shalt see the face of the Son of Man.’ I was left to draw my own conclusions concerning this, and I took the liberty to conclude, that if I did live to that time, he would make his appearance; but [p. 1519]
April 6 thing for the land”; and told him I wanted the $200 which was due me; he made out the deeds and gave them to me, and I got them recorded, and he gave up the notes except a few I then said to , if you go there with the brethren, I will give you the property, but he would not accept it. I then let the same gentleman have some cloth, to the amount of $6. or 700. He began soon after to tell the brethren what obligations I was under to him. I then wrote him a letter on the subject, but I have since found that he is swindling, and that there is no prospect of getting any thing from him. He is owing me about $1100. and I thought it my duty to publish his rascality, that the elders might do the same in that , and prevent the brethren from being imposed upon. He has got a writing to this effect, that if he owned as much as he pretended and did as he said, I would give my influence to build up , and on no other terms. His name is . He took this plan to swindle me out of money, cloth lumber, &c. I want all the congregation to know it. I was not going to use any influence to have the brethren go to be swindled. My advice is, if they choose, that they come away from and not go there any more; it is not a good location.
I am not so much a christian as many suppose I am, when a man undertakes to ride me for a horse, I feel disposed to kick up and throw him off and ride him. David did so, and so did Joshua. My only weapon is my tongue. I would not buy property in : I consider it stooping to accept it as a gift. [HC 5:335]
In relation to the , it is best described by its name, it is half breed land, and every wise and judicious person, as soon as he can dispose of his effects, if he is not a half breed, will come away. I wish we could exchange some half breeds, and let them go over the . If there are any that are not good citizens, they will be finding fault to morrow at my remarks, and that is the keyword whereby you may know them. There is a chance in that place for every abomination to be practiced on the innocent, if they go; and I ask forgiveness of all whom I advised to go there. The men who have possession have the best title, all the rest are forms for swindling. I do not wish for the saints to have a quarrel there.
President J. Smith stated that the next business was to settle difficulties where elders have had their licenses taken away; &c or their membership, but whilst they were preparing, if there was any such case, he would talk on other subjects.
The question has been asked, can a person not belonging to the church, bring a member before the High Council for trial? I answer, No! If I had not actually got into this work, and been called of God, I would back out, but I cannot back out, I have not doubt of the truth. Were I going to Prophecy, I would say the end will not come in 1844, 5 or 6, or 40 years, there are those of the rising generation who shall not taste death ’till Christ comes.
I was once praying earnestly upon this subject, and a voice said unto me, ‘My Son if thou livest until thou are 85 years of age, thou shalt see the face of the Son of Man.’ I was left to draw my own conclusions concerning this, and I took the liberty to conclude, that if I did live to that time, he would make his appearance; but [p. 1519]
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