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

  • Source Note
  • Historical Introduction
Page 1725
image
<​September 9​> the Mill; then it has to go through the smut machine, then ground, then put through the bolting Machine, and many will bolt, in going through. I speak in parables— I compare the Saints to a good cow; when you milk her clean she will always have an abundance of milk to give; but if you only milk her a little, and don’t strip her, she will soon dry up. So with the Saints if they do but little in building up Zion they soon have but little to do with; this was the case in . [10 words illegible] <​The night before arriving at I had a dream while on the Steamboat;​> I dreamt that I had a wagon with a rack on it, and an individual with me. We were going to a field of Wheat of mine that had been cut, bound and shocked up, in order to haul in to the barn; when we came to the field, I jumped off the wagon and got over the fence to examine it, pulled off the cap sheaf and behold it was oats, pulling the bundles apart I found there were clusters of rats: on further examination I found clusters of Mice, and the oats were all eaten up.
In my dream I was going to haul in wheat, but to my astonishment it was Oats, and they were all eaten up by the Rats and mice.
I thought these rats and mice were the Elders and official Members who had been in and lain on the church at , lived on the Wheat,— eaten them up instead of building up new branches; so that when the Twelve came along they could not get any thing for the or , or hardly a place to stay; the rats had eaten up the Wheat; so we had to go to the World for a home to stay while we were there.
We do not profess to be polished stones like Elders , , and &c. but we are rough stones out of the Mountain, and when we roll through the forest, and knock the bark from the trees, it does not hurt us even if we should get a corner knocked off occasionally; for the more we roll about, and knock the corners off, the better we are, but if we were polished and smooth when we get the corners knocked off it would deface us. Joseph Smith never professed to be a dressed, smooth, polished stone, but to have kicked himself rough out of the mountain; and he has been rolling among the rocks and trees, yet it has not hurt him at all; but he will be as smooth and polished in the end as any other stone, while many who were so very polished and smooth in the beginning get badly defaced and spoiled while they are rolling about.”
Elder said:
“Some are going to Zion, and the rest [HC 6:21] want to know what they shall do. The Lord through Jeremiah, 3 ch. 14 v— says “I will take you one of a city, and two of a family, and I will bring you to Zion; and I will give you pastors according to mine heart, which shall feed you with knowledge and understanding.” Inasmuch as you hearken to council you will know what the will of the Lord is concerning you in all things. Meet often together to worship God, and to speak to each other of the things of God. Gather as soon as you can— come up to the mountain of the Lord’s House, and there learn of these things, that the Scriptures may be fulfilled.”
Elder said:
“I do not know that I can say anything to impress the subjects which have been spoken upon more fully upon your [p. 1725]
September 9 the Mill; then it has to go through the smut machine, then ground, then put through the bolting Machine, and many will bolt, in going through. I speak in parables— I compare the Saints to a good cow; when you milk her clean she will always have an abundance of milk to give; but if you only milk her a little, and don’t strip her, she will soon dry up. So with the Saints if they do but little in building up Zion they soon have but little to do with; this was the case in . The night before arriving at I had a dream while on the Steamboat; I dreamt that I had a wagon with a rack on it, and an individual with me. We were going to a field of Wheat of mine that had been cut, bound and shocked up, in order to haul in to the barn; when we came to the field, I jumped off the wagon and got over the fence to examine it, pulled off the cap sheaf and behold it was oats, pulling the bundles apart I found there were clusters of rats: on further examination I found clusters of Mice, and the oats were all eaten up.
In my dream I was going to haul in wheat, but to my astonishment it was Oats, and they were all eaten up by the Rats and mice.
I thought these rats and mice were the Elders and official Members who had been in and lain on the church at , lived on the Wheat,— eaten them up instead of building up new branches; so that when the Twelve came along they could not get any thing for the or , or hardly a place to stay; the rats had eaten up the Wheat; so we had to go to the World for a home to stay while we were there.
We do not profess to be polished stones like Elders , , and &c. but we are rough stones out of the Mountain, and when we roll through the forest, and knock the bark from the trees, it does not hurt us even if we should get a corner knocked off occasionally; for the more we roll about, and knock the corners off, the better we are, but if we were polished and smooth when we get the corners knocked off it would deface us. Joseph Smith never professed to be a dressed, smooth, polished stone, but to have kicked himself rough out of the mountain; and he has been rolling among the rocks and trees, yet it has not hurt him at all; but he will be as smooth and polished in the end as any other stone, while many who were so very polished and smooth in the beginning get badly defaced and spoiled while they are rolling about.”
Elder said:
“Some are going to Zion, and the rest [HC 6:21] want to know what they shall do. The Lord through Jeremiah, 3 ch. 14 v— says “I will take you one of a city, and two of a family, and I will bring you to Zion; and I will give you pastors according to mine heart, which shall feed you with knowledge and understanding.” Inasmuch as you hearken to council you will know what the will of the Lord is concerning you in all things. Meet often together to worship God, and to speak to each other of the things of God. Gather as soon as you can— come up to the mountain of the Lord’s House, and there learn of these things, that the Scriptures may be fulfilled.”
Elder said:
“I do not know that I can say anything to impress the subjects which have been spoken upon more fully upon your [p. 1725]
Page 1725