History, 1838–1856, volume E-1 [1 July 1843–30 April 1844]

  • Source Note
  • Historical Introduction
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<​March 24.​> or Saints who died, pay too much for that kingdom? They did not. It is necessary that men be put in possession of the knowledge and mysteries of the kingdom of God in order to sin as far as they wish— that they may go to the highest pitch. How often men lay down their lives for their country, and other purposes, how much better then to die for the cause of Zion. Good and righteous men will administer justice and rebuke evil. The Church should be cleansed from bad men; and the Lord will take his own way to cleanse the church. We should lift up our voice against wickedness of all kinds. But will the rulers of our land do it? No, they will not; they will be cowards until there is no man to fight, and then be brave; when Government will not do it. Some man should take the helm of Government that will do it. Will it be called treason, if the God of Heaven should set up a kingdom? May the Lord give you more and more of his Spirit, light, and intelligence, until you are cemented together in union and love, Amen.
Elder addressed the meeting.
Prest. Joseph Smith again arose and said: In relation to the power over the minds of mankind which I hold, I would say it is in consequence of the power of truth in the doctrines which I have been an instrument in the hands of God of presenting unto them, and not because of any compulsion on my part. I wish to ask if ever I got any of it unfairly? If I have not reproved you in the gate? I ask did I ever exercise any compulsion over any man? Did I not give him the liberty of disbelieving any doctrine I have preached if he saw fit? Why do not my enemies strike a blow at the doctrine? They cannot do it, it is truth and I defy all men to upset it. I am the voice of one crying in the wilderness ‘repent ye of your sins and prepare the way for the coming of the son of man, for the kingdom of God has come unto you [HC 6:273] and henceforth the axe is laid unto the root of the tree, and every tree that bringeth not forth good fruit. God Almighty (and not Joe Smith) shall hew it down and cast it into the fire’.”
After meeting I rode out with . The trees begin to bud forth.
In <​the​> evening— held a conversation with a large company of friends at my door.
Elder R. H. Kinnamon writes, that during the last 22 months he has baptized over 100 persons while on a Mission in and N. Carolina— organized two branches in , and calls are continually made for preaching in every direction.
I copy a letter written by Dr. to Gen. .
March 24. 1844. Dear . I wrote you on the 4th. inst. in reply to yours of the 1st. Ultimo, also, to inform you of the decision of your friends in , in nominating you for the Vice Presidency of the .
Since that date it has occurred to me that you are not a native of the , consequently we might expect objections [p. 1938]
March 24. or Saints who died, pay too much for that kingdom? They did not. It is necessary that men be put in possession of the knowledge and mysteries of the kingdom of God in order to sin as far as they wish— that they may go to the highest pitch. How often men lay down their lives for their country, and other purposes, how much better then to die for the cause of Zion. Good and righteous men will administer justice and rebuke evil. The Church should be cleansed from bad men; and the Lord will take his own way to cleanse the church. We should lift up our voice against wickedness of all kinds. But will the rulers of our land do it? No, they will not; they will be cowards until there is no man to fight, and then be brave; when Government will not do it. Some man should take the helm of Government that will do it. Will it be called treason, if the God of Heaven should set up a kingdom? May the Lord give you more and more of his Spirit, light, and intelligence, until you are cemented together in union and love, Amen.
Elder addressed the meeting.
Prest. Joseph Smith again arose and said: In relation to the power over the minds of mankind which I hold, I would say it is in consequence of the power of truth in the doctrines which I have been an instrument in the hands of God of presenting unto them, and not because of any compulsion on my part. I wish to ask if ever I got any of it unfairly? If I have not reproved you in the gate? I ask did I ever exercise any compulsion over any man? Did I not give him the liberty of disbelieving any doctrine I have preached if he saw fit? Why do not my enemies strike a blow at the doctrine? They cannot do it, it is truth and I defy all men to upset it. I am the voice of one crying in the wilderness ‘repent ye of your sins and prepare the way for the coming of the son of man, for the kingdom of God has come unto you [HC 6:273] and henceforth the axe is laid unto the root of the tree, and every tree that bringeth not forth good fruit. God Almighty (and not Joe Smith) shall hew it down and cast it into the fire’.”
After meeting I rode out with . The trees begin to bud forth.
In the evening— held a conversation with a large company of friends at my door.
Elder R. H. Kinnamon writes, that during the last 22 months he has baptized over 100 persons while on a Mission in and N. Carolina— organized two branches in , and calls are continually made for preaching in every direction.
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