Minutes and Discourses, 6–9 April 1844, as Reported by Thomas Bullock

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foolish thing you hear— a wise man will put it out of existence as he goes along for light cleaveth unto light— knowledge to knowledge &c we engage in the Election same as any other princ: you are to vote for good men. & if you do not do this it is sin— to vote for wicked men it wod. be sin— choose the good & refuse the evil all prin: have preyed upon us like wolves— dn. the rod of tyranny— curse it— let every man use his liberties accordg. to the Constitn— dont fear man or devil electioneer with all people male & female— to do the thing that is right— we want a President: not a party Pres: for a party disfranchises the or. part— have a Pres. who will maintain every man in his rights— I wish all to do all the good you can we will try to convert the natn. into one solid Union— I despise the prin: that divides the natn. into party & fraction— I want it to grow up like a Green Bay Tree— Dn the opposing Belligerent powers— what is the right of these let them have it— then if we were all in union— no one dare attempt to put on our soils— I dont like to see the rights of trampled down— I dm. all such things <​persons​> as wod. allow any one to take or any other place— & dn. all who attempt it— lift up your voices like Thunder— there is power & influence enough to put in a President I dont wonder at the old Carthegenian Lawyer being afraid of J. S. being elected— (the cleanest & biggest vote— & the most unanimous vote that ever was passed in the world went for Joseph Smith to be President)
//// as Pres Smith was makg. obvons [observations] it made me think of the 1st. time that I went out into the vineyard to Preach— I dwelt on one subject till it branched out <​like unto a Tree that was cultivated— until the branches shoot forth​> some suppose you had only seed to plant <​& that seed was an acorn​> & <​you​> spend all your time in cultivating it <​till it comes forth a great & mighty tree branching forth— & so it is with the 1st. princ: of the Gos: they branch out in all directions it is an eternal prin:​> I never preached any thing else but the 1st. prin: <​when first we went to we preached nothing but the 1st. prin & never preached on the gatherg. but as soon as they were bapd.​> they all had the Sp of Prophecy, & prophesied of coming to this Land <​as being the Land of promise & the time wod. come that they wod. come here​>— yet we never taught the Gathering— or <​Book of—​> Doctrines <​& Covenants​> if you tell the people to stay— they will gather here stronger than ever— if a man wants to cut any thing off you shoud. know how to restore— <​you shoud never cut off the laws of the people until you are able to make them others​> it is do not matter what way you convert them so that you convert them to the Bible— this is the thrashing floor there are great many heads green— & after to go throh the Smelt mill— & Fanning Mill then to be ground. & going to be bolt— but a many bolt away— if you get a cudgelling dont be mad— for your heads are green—
// we want to arrange for conferences— & Elders— we desn. to send Elders to diff[eren]t. Branches go & get up meetings— & protracted meetgs.— & election there— the Mothers are the p[er]sons who train the child. [p. 36]
foolish thing you hear— a wise man will put it out of existence as he goes along for light cleaveth unto light— knowledge to knowledge &c we engage in the Election same as any other princ: you are to vote for good men. & if you do not do this it is sin— to vote for wicked men it wod. be sin— choose the good & refuse the evil all prin: have preyed upon us like wolves— dn. the rod of tyranny— curse it— let every man use his liberties accordg. to the Constitn— dont fear man or devil electioneer with all people male & female— to do the thing that is right— we want a President: not a party Pres: for a party disfranchises the or. part— have a Pres. who will maintain every man in his rights— I wish all to do all the good you can we will try to convert the natn. into one solid Union— I despise the prin: that divides the natn. into party & fraction— I want it to grow up like a Green Bay Tree— Dn the opposing Belligerent powers— what is the right of these let them have it— then if we were all in union— no one dare attempt to put on our soils— I dont like to see the rights of trampled down— I dm. all such persons as wod. allow any one to take or any other place— & dn. all who attempt it— lift up your voices like Thunder— there is power & influence enough to put in a President I dont wonder at the old Carthegenian Lawyer being afraid of J. S. being elected— (the cleanest & biggest vote— & the most unanimous vote that ever was passed in the world went for Joseph Smith to be President)
//// as Pres Smith was makg. obvons observations it made me think of the 1st. time that I went out into the vineyard to Preach— I dwelt on one subject till it branched out like unto a Tree that was cultivated— until the branches shoot forth suppose you had only seed to plant & that seed was an acorn & you spend all your time in cultivating it till it comes forth a great & mighty tree branching forth— & so it is with the 1st. princ: of the Gos: they branch out in all directions it is an eternal prin: I never preached any thing else but the 1st. prin: when first we went to we preached nothing but the 1st. prin & never preached on the gatherg. but as soon as they were bapd. they all had the Sp of Prophecy, & prophesied of coming to this Land as being the Land of promise & the time wod. come that they wod. come here— yet we never taught the Gathering— or Book of— Doctrines & Covenants if you tell the people to stay— they will gather here stronger than ever— if a man wants to cut any thing off you shoud. know how to restore— you shoud never cut off the laws of the people until you are able to make them others it is no matter what way you convert them so that you convert them to the Bible— this is the thrashing floor there are great many heads green— & after to go throh the Smelt mill— & Fanning Mill then to be ground. & going to be bolt— but a many bolt away— if you get a cudgelling dont be mad— for your heads are green—
// we want to arrange for conferences— & Elders— we desn. to send Elders to different. Branches go & get up meetings— & protracted meetgs.— & election there— the Mothers are the persons who train the child. [p. 36]
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