History, 1834–1836

  • Source Note
  • Historical Introduction
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the spirit of the Lord is here, and I am satisfied with all the [brethren present] and I need not say to you that you have my utmost confidence, and that I intend to uphold you to the uttermost, for I am well aware that you have to sustain my character against the vile calumnies and reproaches of this ungodly generation, and that you delight in so doing. Darkness prevails; it is in a great degree now as it was when Christ was about to be crucified. The powers of darkness strove to obscure the glorious sun of righteousness, that then began to dawn upon the world, and was soon to burst in great blessings upon the heads of the faithful; and let me tell you, brethren, That great blessings await is us at this time, and will soon be poured out upon us if we are faithful in all things: for we are even entitled to greater blessings than they were, because they had the person of Christ with them to instruct them in the great plan of salvation. His personal presence we have not, therefore we need the greater faith on account of our peculiar circumstances. I am determined to do all I can to uphold you. Although I may do many things inadvertantly that are not right in the sight of God. You want to know many things that are before you, that you may know how to prepare yourselves for the great things that God is about to bring to pass. But there is one great deficiency or obstruction in the way, that deprives us of the greater blessings, and in order to make the foundation of this church complete, and permanent, we must remove this obstruction, which is to attend to certain duties to which we have not attended. I supposed I had established this church on a permanent foundation when I went to . and indeed I did so, for if I had been taken away it would have been enough. But as I yet live, therefore, God requires more at my hands. The item to which I wish the more particularly to cite your minds this night is the ordinance of washing of feet, This we have not done as yet, but it is as necessary now as it was in the days of the Saviour, and we must have a place prepared that we may attend to this ordinance, aside from the world, We have not desired much from the hand of the Lord. with that faith and obedience that we ought. Yet we have enjoyed great blessings, but we are not so sensible of them as we should be [p. 126]
the spirit of the Lord is here, and I am satisfied with all the [brethren present] and I need not say to you that you have my utmost confidence, and that I intend to uphold you to the uttermost, for I am well aware that you have to sustain my character against the vile calumnies and reproaches of this ungodly generation, and that you delight in so doing. Darkness prevails; it is in a great degree now as it was when Christ was about to be crucified. The powers of darkness strove to obscure the glorious sun of righteousness, that then began to dawn upon the world, and was soon to burst in great blessings upon the heads of the faithful; and let me tell you, brethren, That great blessings await us at this time, and will soon be poured out upon us if we are faithful in all things: for we are even entitled to greater blessings than they were, because they had the person of Christ with them to instruct them in the great plan of salvation. His personal presence we have not, therefore we need the greater faith on account of our peculiar circumstances. I am determined to do all I can to uphold you. Although I may do many things inadvertantly that are not right in the sight of God. You want to know many things that are before you, that you may know how to prepare yourselves for the great things that God is about to bring to pass. But there is one great deficiency or obstruction in the way, that deprives us of the greater blessings, and in order to make the foundation of this church complete, and permanent, we must remove this obstruction, which is to attend to certain duties to which we have not attended. I supposed I had established this church on a permanent foundation when I went to . and indeed I did so, for if I had been taken away it would have been enough. But as I yet live, therefore, God requires more at my hands. The item to which I wish the more particularly to cite your minds this night is the ordinance of washing of feet, This we have not done as yet, but it is as necessary now as it was in the days of the Saviour, and we must have a place prepared that we may attend to this ordinance, aside from the world, We have not desired much from the hand of the Lord. with that faith and obedience that we ought. Yet we have enjoyed great blessings, but we are not so sensible of them as we should be [p. 126]
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