Discourse, 28 April 1842, as Reported by John McEwan

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reveal things differently from what we expect? He remarked that he was continually rising— altho’ he had every thing bearing him down, standing in his way & opposing— after all he always comes out right at the end.
Respecting females laying on hands, he further remarkd there could be no devil in it if God gave his sanction by healing that there could be no more sin in any female laying hands on the sick than in wetting the face with water that it is no sin for any body to do it that has faith, or if the sick has faith to be healed by the administration.
He reproved those that were disposed to find fault with the management of concerns— saying if he undertook to lead the church he would lead it right— that he calculates to organize the church in proper order &c.
Pres Smith continued by speaking of the difficulties he had to surmount ever since the commencement of the work in consequence of aspiring men, “great big Elders” as he called them, who had caused him much trouble, whom he had taught in the private council; & they would go forth into the world & proclaim the things he had taught them; as then our revelations— said the same aspiring desposition will be in this Society— & must be guarded against— that every person should stand & act in the place appointed, & thus sanctify the society & get it pure.
He said he had been trampled under foot by aspiring Elders, for all were infected with that spirit, for instance , . & had been aspiring they could not be exalted but run away as tho’ the care & authority of the church were vested with them— he said he had a subtile devil to deal with & could only curb him by being humble.
He said as he had this opportunity he was going to instruct the society & point out the way for them to conduct, that they might act according to the will of God— that he did not know as he should have many opportunities of teaching them . as they were going to be left to themselves, they would not long have him to instruct them, that the church would not have his instruction long, & the world would not be troubled with him a great while, & would not have his teaching. He spoke of delivering the Keys to this Society & the church that according to his prayer God had appointed him [p. [176]]
reveal things differently from what we expect? He remarked that he was continually rising— altho’ he had every thing bearing him down, standing in his way & opposing— after all he always comes out right at the end.
Respecting females laying on hands, he further remarkd there could be no devil in it if God gave his sanction by healing that there could be no more sin in any female laying hands on the sick than in wetting the face with water that it is no sin for any body to do it that has faith, or if the sick has faith to be healed by the administration.
He reproved those that were disposed to find fault with the management of concerns— saying if he undertook to lead the church he would lead it right— that he calculates to organize the church in proper order &c.
Pres Smith continued by speaking of the difficulties he had to surmount ever since the commencement of the work in consequence of aspiring men, “great big Elders” as he called them, who had caused him much trouble, whom he had taught in the private council; & they would go forth into the world & proclaim the things he had taught them; as then our revelations— said the same aspiring desposition will be in this Society— & must be guarded against— that every person should stand & act in the place appointed, & thus sanctify the society & get it pure.
He said he had been trampled under foot by aspiring Elders, for all were infected with that spirit, for instance , . & had been aspiring they could not be exalted but run away as tho’ the care & authority of the church were vested with them— he said he had a subtile devil to deal with & could only curb him by being humble.
He said as he had this opportunity he was going to instruct the society & point out the way for them to conduct, that they might act according to the will of God— that he did not know as he should have many opportunities of teaching them . as they were going to be left to themselves, they would not long have him to instruct them, that the church would not have his instruction long, & the world would not be troubled with him a great while, & would not have his teaching. He spoke of delivering the Keys to this Society & the church that according to his prayer God had appointed him [p. [176]]
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